SOCIETY: Second part of the 2023 intense rain and flood prevention campaign

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Announced by the Minister of Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion, Christophe Béchu, and the Minister Delegate for Overseas Territories, Philippe Vigier, the second wave of the information and awareness campaign on intense rains and floods in the overseas territories began in the West Indies.

Recently, Guadeloupe and Martinique faced red and orange weather alerts during storms Philippe and Tammy. Our territory itself has experienced several levels of vigilance for these two phenomena. In this context of the occurrence of violent natural disasters, the prevention campaign takes on crucial importance to raise awareness and protect the population from the risks of flooding. This initiative aims to raise awareness of natural risks and promote individual resilience in a context where intense rains and floods can be devastating. The ministers recall that this risk management is part of the Government's long-term commitment to adapt our overseas territories to the effects of climate change and protect the populations living there. After a first edition of the prevention campaign on April 1, the second part of the campaign in the Antilles began on October 20, 20 in Martinique, until November 2023. Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy will be affected by the prevention campaign from December 30, 3 to January 2023, 3. The main objective of this communication is to disseminate the behaviors to adopt to protect against flooding and to acculturate local populations to risks specific to overseas territories.

The hurricane season causes episodes of heavy rain, which can generate sudden and localized rises in water, which are particularly dangerous. The best way to avoid danger is to anticipate it, so it is essential that everyone adopts the right reflexes in the event of intense rain. The campaign thus promotes simple messages in the event of intense rain and flash floods: your children are safe at school, wait for instructions from the authorities before going to pick them up; get to safety, go upstairs or take refuge in a safe shelter; Limit your travel, whether on foot or by car. Stay away from watercourses; Stay informed and follow the instructions of local authorities. _VX

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