With the onset of the 2017 hurricane season, Vincentians are being reminded to comply with the national building codes when constructing homes and buildings.
The admonition came from the head of the National Emergency Management Organization Michelle Forbes.
Forbes says forecasters predict a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season this year, and she is appealing to persons to ensure that their homes and other structures are built to standards that can withstand damage from Hurricanes and other weather events.
St Vincent and the Grenadines became the first of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) countries to implement the national building code and guidelines.
The building code is the minimum acceptable standard used to regulate the design, construction and maintenance of buildings for the purpose of protecting the health, safety and general welfare of the building users.
The Physical Planning Unit within the Ministry of Housing, Informal Human Settlements, Lands and Surveys is charged with the responsibility of administering the building regulations.
The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season is now under well underway. The Season runs from June 1st through November 30th.