Education Minister Santia Bradshaw has expressed concern about the readiness of some of the island's schools to be utilised as disaster emergency shelters.
Ms. Bradshaw's comments came during a recent launch event for a satellite emergency operation centre in St. Michael South East.
She says over the past two weeks, ministry officials have been assessing the state of readiness of some schools, should they need to be utilised as disaster emergency shelters.
The St. Michael South-East community now has a fully functioning satellite emergency operation centre, right in time for the just started hurricane season.
It was officially opened in Wildey, St. Michael, representing the culmination of efforts spearheaded by the Pinelands Creative Workshop, the St. Michael South-East District Emergency Organisation, and the government of Canada since last year.
Speaking during the launch, MP for the area and Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training, Santia Bradshaw described the centre as timely.
She also views it as an opportunity for residents who want to contribute or volunteer their time or skills to the disaster planning process.
Meanwhile, chair of the St. Michael South-East DEO, and CEO of the Pinelands Creative Workshop, Sophia Greaves-Broome believes the centre will be a catalyst.
And Canada's High Commissioner to Barbados, Marie Legault says they were happy to be a part of the project.