By The Star Staff
The mayor of Loíza, Julia Nazario Fuentes, reported that her municipality is part of the multimunicipal effort of the Ceiba area of the Emergency Bureau of the Department of Public Safety, in order to work together on the pilot plan for the recognition of the StormReady category at the regional level.
“This program equips communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property, before, during, and after atmospheric events. Let’s remember that being in the Caribbean, half of the year we are under hurricane season, so prevention is an obligation,” said the mayor.
On Friday, February 9, 2024 from 9:30 a.m., the government components of the Emergency Management Bureau and the National Meteorological Service, among others, will meet at the facilities of the María de la Cruz Cave Historical Park in Loíza with community leaders and officials from the municipalities of Carolina, Canóvanas, Ceiba, Culebra, Fajardo, Loíza, Luquillo, Río Grande, Trujillo Alto and Vieques for an informative and working meeting on the details of the StormReady plan, particularly those related to flooding, hurricane winds and landslides.
“Particularly for us in Loíza we have an additional threat, which is coastal erosion and sea level rise. The issue of climate change has long ceased to be a threat, to become a reality that we live every day. These are situations that we are facing with courage and with the effective use of the resources we have, and the available scientific information, which is constantly evolving,” added Nazario Fuentes.
“We appreciate this initiative of the Ceiba area of the Emergency Bureau of the Department of Public Safety. By working together, we achieve more,” the mayor concluded.