National Security Minister Wayne Caines is today encouraging residents to remain vigilant with their storm preparedness with the current increase in hurricane activity.

In a statement released this afternoon, the Minister noted that the Emergency Measures Organisation (EMO) “is closely monitoring all weather activity in the Atlantic – and is paying close attention to Hurricane Irma, which is expected to affect the Caribbean region this week.

Mr Caines, who is also the Chairman of the EMO, issued assurances today that Government “is disaster ready in the event of a serious storm or hurricane.

“We’ve all seen the damage and destruction that hurricanes can do; most recently with the heartbreaking devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas,” said Mr Caines. “Bermuda certainly has a long history of managing through serious storms and hurricanes. So, during this season of heightened activity I’m encouraging residents to be prepared. Please check your storm supplies and update if necessary; also please ensure your homes and properties have the appropriate protection in place.”

As of noon today, Hurricane Irma was expected to be increase to a category 4 hurricane. For more information visit

The hurricane season ends on November 30th.