Warnings not heeded

Despite warnings from the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) to stay indoors during the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew, several residents of St George braved the severe weather system to venture outside.

Barbados TODAY caught up with some business owners who admitted they were open from early yesterday morning, even though a national shutdown had been ordered.

Shopkeeper Melanie King opened her doors to the public at 8:30 a.m. and said that many residents turned up despite the heavy showers.

Melanie King, a shopkeeper  in Eastland, St George.
Melanie King, a shopkeeper in Eastland, St George.

“Out here was full of people. Everybody just came out to relax, and we kept the radio on so we listened to the broadcast and everything was good . . . . The rain didn’t stop anybody, everybody just with their umbrella and just out,” she said.

King, who worked until 10 p.m., observed that while locals sought to prepare themselves by buying canned foods and other necessities, many Barbadians seemed nonchalant about the storm threat.

“They are very laid back – ‘oh, it’s not going to affect us, it’s going to pass, it always [does]’ – but one of these days it’s going to catch them by surprise,” the native of Guyana said.

The Full Pitch Bar in the Glebe was also well patronized. Cook Junior Pilgrim said business went well during the storm, as he finished around 10 p.m.

“A lot of people come out,” said Pilgrim, noting that a crowd had congregated around closing.

Another resident, Clyde Waithe explained that he initially followed the instructions of the authorities, but later left home as he “was tired of the house”.

St George resident  Clyde Waithe.
St George resident Clyde Waithe.

He shared that he felt Tropical Storm Matthew was God’s intervention, as it provided water for areas in St John and St Joseph where residents’ taps had been dry for months.

“We had a low water level the past three to four years, so if rain got to fall for us to get water in our reservoirs, I ain’t see no problem with that. I wouldn’t mind if another five or six inches fall.  The people in St Joseph would be able to get water,” Waithe said.

Good Intent resident Andrew Greene told Barbados TODAY that as far as he saw, people in the district did not take the threat seriously.

“Nobody didn’t really talking about no storm. Everybody was playing dominoes and cards and everything as usual,” he said.

“About ten times people did run into the supermarkets, that I know in my history, and buy up everything, buying out the supermarket, and no event didn’t happen, so that is now the attitude.”

Eudene Jackman, who experienced the trauma of Hurricane Janet in 1955, said the winds of Tropical Storm Matthew were miniscule in comparison. But she commended local authorities for their quick and constant communication with citizens throughout the storm.

“I believe that the warning was very effective because people are beginning to listen to the radio and get themselves prepared, and preparation is a success to anything. They were obviously prepared to confront whatever was going on,” she said.

However, her major concern was those defiant persons who disregarded the warnings from the authorities to remain indoors.

“The people of Barbados need to take into consideration when they hear the authorities are telling them to keep off the road, it is not only for other people’s safety but it’s for their safety as well,” she advised.


13 Responses to Warnings not heeded

  1. Goody Smarts
    Goody Smarts September 30, 2016 at 5:12 am

    I went by my school to do some work on Wednesday and came back home safe so what!!! Stop making a mountain out of a mold heap.

    • Brien King
      Brien King September 30, 2016 at 6:02 am

      That could have waited until the all clear was given. Why would you risk your life like that for something that can never be so important than your family, what if something happened to them while you were away from them ? I am sure you would got nothing but regret now, not very smart Mr. Smart.

    • Goody Smarts
      Goody Smarts September 30, 2016 at 6:08 am

      Brien King because I have control over my own life, not the government nor your god, so I did what I thought was in my best interest at the time.

    • Brien King
      Brien King September 30, 2016 at 6:15 am

      What ??? If you have control over your own life, why you go to a doctor for ? So your family or son isn’t in your best interest at the time, it was whatever you went to do that was more important than them ? Wow, again, not very smart Mr. Smart.

    • Goody Smarts
      Goody Smarts September 30, 2016 at 6:24 am

      Well by now and you cant pick-up that I am a person who likes to take risk well. I am not a coward like some of who are sacred of your own lives. My son was not in no immediate danger I can tell you that.

    • Goody Smarts
      Goody Smarts September 30, 2016 at 6:30 am

      So you can tell the Child Care Board that Mr. Goodman A.K.A Goody Smarts say shove it up their back- holes.

  2. Aneta September 30, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Mr. Goodman. Are you a teacher, janitor, Maid or what? If you are a teacher, you could not teach my child. Your mannerism is appalling to say the least.

  3. jrsmith September 30, 2016 at 11:10 am

    People ourselves is not the ones we should be angry with ,we should blame the crooked politicians , who blames the people as well.. @ people all , hail, hail, we as individuals have the democratic right to do certain things if not unlawful for our own survival .. This kind of behaviour is what the politicians is looking for quarrelling amongst ourselves..
    The issue regarding the shutdown and certain people open for business ,just goes to show how our country is so divided, so them and us , this is where we are at a playing field which is not level…( We were very lucky ),,,,,,,,,,

  4. Lennox hewitt September 30, 2016 at 11:20 am

    No way he n got control over his lise not at all god doe he mussy a Athiest when he say that but the goverment still control we lives a bit goverment court don’t lock we up so dum control wemwhen we lock up n other things so i don’t mine he n wunna shunt ida .

  5. Lennox hewitt September 30, 2016 at 11:22 am

    People does just get on social media without using common sence i wud more say goverment don’t control me dan god anyone say so is Athiest.

  6. Lily Bella September 30, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Dummy smarts

  7. miche October 1, 2016 at 4:37 am

    It is better to prepare for an eventuality that never happen,that for it to happen ,and find you unprepared.

  8. Jack de Ripper October 1, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Stupid is as stupid does


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