Application process for hurricane passes begins

POSTED: 04/20/15 8:13 PM

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The application process for the annual hurricane emergency passes for the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season which starts from June 1 to November 30, begins tomorrow and is only applicable for the business sector and vital organizations.

The Simpson Bay Public Service Center (PSC) near the Simpson Bay Bridge is an additional customer service point where the application form can be submitted.  The PSC will also be a pick-up location for the approved pass.

The pass allows holders to assess their property in the event that a hurricane has caused damage to parts of the country.

Potential applicants have until May 22 to present all relevant information.

For the 2015 season, the application form as well as information sheet can be downloaded from the Fire Department’s website

Passes are issued to the following categories: government personnel, personnel of essential companies or organizations, (sub) contractors for the Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (Ministry Vromi), transportation passes for hotel staff, business owners and members of vital organizations.

The application procedure is only for the key personnel of businesses and vital organizations.

The Office of Disaster Management is handling the applications.

The hurricane emergency pass system is a mechanism to maintain public order during emergency situations.  The prime minister assesses the damage in conjunction with emergency disaster management entities of the government after a disaster has occurred and can impose a curfew if the extent of the damage poses a threat to the safety and security of the community.

After a disaster has struck, and a curfew has been imposed, only emergency crews can access public roads. The prime minister will ensure that the curfew is limited to the time needed to execute emergency and disaster relief and recovery efforts.

The application form has to be submitted to the offices of the Fire Department & Disaster Management, to the attention of the secretary. Location: Jackal Road 5 in Cay Hill; office hours Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), or at the Simpson Bay Public Service Center, Airport Road 6; (Monday-Friday 8.30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. Deadline: May 22.

Applicants will be informed by email or telephone when to pick up their passes.

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