GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – It only takes one storm to change your life and community, and therefore as a nation, we need to be prepared, National Disaster Coordinator Fire Chief Clive Richardson said on Tuesday.
Office of Disaster Management (ODM), is asking, is your yard ready for the hurricane season? A number of waste haulage companies have published their cleaning schedules especially related to garden and bulk debris and other garbage items that could become a danger to life and property in the event of a hurricane strike. Make sure you separate the aforementioned items (eg bulk debris from garden/yard) and place them outside your yard for pick-up.
The clean-up started mid-June and is currently underway. The responsible waste haulage company, district and schedule is as follows for those who missed it:
All Waste In Place N.V.
SIMPSONBAY: July, 25th to July 31st, 2018
BEACON HILL: August, 1st to August 7th, 2018
CUPECOY: August 8th, to August 14th, 2018
GARDEN BOYZ B.V.
MIDDLE REGION (until Madame Estate by the bakery): June 25th to June 29th, 2018
DAWN BEACH: July 2nd to July 6th, 2018
S.M. Green Diamond N.V.
Guana Bay/Hope Estate Area/Madame Estate/ Over the Pond Areas: June 30th to July 1st, 2018
Dutch Quarter/Union Farm/Nazareth: July 7th to July 8th, 2018
Belvedere Area/Bishop Hill: July 14th to July 15th, 2018
Leonard Enterprises N.V.
Pelican and Billy Folly Road: July 7th, 2018
Robelto & Sons N.V.
St. Peters: Saturday July 07th, 2018
St. Peters: Sunday July 08th, 2018
South Reward: Saturday July 14th, 2018
Saunders – Betty Estate – Ebenezer – St. Johns Estate: Sunday July 15th, 2018
Cay Hill – Bush Road: Saturday July 21st, 2018
Fort Willem – Coralita Road: Sunday July 22nd, 2018
Clean your yard of any items that could become missiles in a storm such as old lumber, broken lawn furniture, cans, fridges/stoves/washing machines, etc. and put them out on the days that your waste haulage company will be picking up the aforementioned.
ODM is advising all residents to begin to prepare in a timely manner for the peak months of the Atlantic hurricane season which is from mid-August to mid-October.
Use the quiet part of the season to trim back tree branches and vegetation (thin foliage so wind can flow freely through branches) from your home; cut all dead or weak branches on any trees on your property that have contact with buildings.
The 2018 hurricane season officially runs through November 30.