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Islanders will no longer receive lockdown alert

By The Star Staff

Bureau for Emergency Management and Disaster Administration (NMEAD by its Spanish acronym) Commissioner Nino Correa Filomeno announced Tuesday that Puerto Rico residents will no longer receive the alert on their cell phones that announces the curfew imposed as part of public health measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and reminds them to use a face mask.

“In mid-July, the sending of this alert was implemented again as a mechanism to guide citizens,” Correa Filomeno said. “After talking with Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced, we believe that it is prudent to stop sending the alert. However, it is important that citizens understand that the emergency is not over and COVID-19 continues to be a threat that we must take seriously and responsibly. I make a call to continue observing the measures of physical distancing, the use of masks and to comply with the provisions of the executive order signed to prevent infection.”

The NMEAD chief noted that the alert message was sent using the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, which offers public safety officials an effective way to send alerts and warnings to the public through the Emergency Alert System, Wireless Emergency Alerts, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio, and other public warning systems from a single interface.

“I urge citizens to keep the option of receiving emergency alert messages activated on their cell phones,” Correa Filomeno said. “This will help you to be notified about natural or man-made situations that may endanger your safety. This type of message is used in the event of floods, hurricanes and tsunamis, among other [emergencies].”

Vázquez said Tuesday that the executive order on COVID-19 will remain in effect as is on the island after an employee of the Government Ethics Office tested positive for the coronavirus.

“Until now we are going to leave the executive order as it is,” the governor told the Star.

“Everyone has to take the needed measures; the work centers have to follow the measures, [people have to] sanitize them so that the government has continuity in its functions for the benefit of the Puerto Rican people.”

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