Emergency services prepared

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is on alert as Tropical Storm Chantal moves closer to the island.

Barbados TODAY was told that all of the necessary precautions and their standard procedures had been put in place after they started monitoring the storm last night.

Staff, including medical, housekeeping and orderlies are on standby, all vehicles are fuelled and adequate supplies of food and water have been taken on the wards, sources said.

Patients who were discharged have been collected as the Martindale’s Road, St. Michael facility implements its emergency disaster plan which is used for hurricanes and storms.

Meanwhile, the Transport Board’s last service from all their terminals will be at 9 tonight and additional the DEM has opened all 32 — 28 public and four private — Category One shelters from 6 p.m.

The 5 p.m. bulletin from the National Hurricane Centre said that Chantal was located at 11.8N 53.9W or about 630 kilometres east south east of Barbados. The system has maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometres.

The next bulletin will be issued at 8 p.m.

Barbados in under a tropical storm warning as well as Dominica, St. Lucia, Puerto Rico, Martinique and Guadeloupe.

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