All the necessary safety steps should be taken.
So, said Grand Bahama Christian Council President Rev. Robert Lockhart, at a press conference on Thursday. The pastor of Calvary Temple Assembly of God advised residents to be safe and listen to the instructions of relevant authorities regarding impending hurricane Dorian.
During the press conference in Calvary Temple’s church office, Rev. Lockhart advised residents to take all the necessary steps to prepare themselves and their families and be safe. He urged the public to ensure that they have sufficient supplies such as water, food and batteries and gas and to secure homes and business places.
“Persons with special needs should have the relevant items made available to them, whether they be infants, the elderly or the disabled.
“Members of the public should also make sure that they have full tanks of gas, cash, a fully charged cell phone with a charger, pet supplies and store important documents in waterproof containers.
“Business owners are also advised to know their insurance information, back up important data, take inventory, protect electronic devices, manage their supply chain, have a communication plan in place, protect their business interior, relocate commercial vehicles, and clear anything that could become debris and lock up.
“Residents who know they live in an evacuation area should assess the risks and know their home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind. Get a full understanding of national weather service forecast products and especially the meaning of news watches and warnings.
“As a Christian nation, residents should also continue to put their faith in God, Who has seen them through numerous hurricane seasons and storms.
“I think this is the time for us to continue to be praying,” he said.
He added that we should pray that no lives are lost and there are as little structural and property damage as is possible.
“Over the years God has been good to us and he will continue to be good to us. The church is always here for members and will continue to be there before and after hurricanes. I would encourage us to pull together. This is the time for the community to unite because the storm is affecting everyone. However some people will be more affected than others,” he said.
(These are some of the major agency contact numbers, residents can utilize during this time. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) contact is (242) 351-4902/3/4, NEMA (242) - 322-6081/5, Law Enforcement contacts include 919 or crime stoppers at 328-tips (8477) for New Providence or 1-242-300-8477 for the Family Islands or the Central Detective Unit at 350-3106/12. ZNS Northern Bahamas contact is (242) 352-9213, The Rand Memorial Hospital’s contact is (242) 350-6700 or 352-2689).