The island of St Vincent has recently experienced an eruption of the La Soufrière Volcano.
This event, has impacted several other islands across the region including Barbados, which has been experiencing ashfall across the island.
This ashfall is expected to continue over the next few days and is expected to significantly impact road users in Barbados.
The Royal Barbados Police Force is advising that all road users observe the following guidelines to remain safe while utilising the island’s roadways during this period.
1. DO NOT DRIVE unless absolutely necessary. Driving on ash-slickened roads with reduced visibility can be hazardous. If you must drive on the roads, reduce your driving speed. In addition, with significantly reduced visibility you may have to drive with your headlights and rear lights ON to ensure that you can see sufficiently far ahead and also that your vehicle is visible to other road users.
2. During a significant increase in ashfall, pedestrians should seek shelter and minimise exposure to the ash.
3. Remember in compliance with the COVID-19 Protocols and Directives, it is mandatory to wear a mask when out in public spaces. Pedestrians and motorists should limit time spent outdoors. The use of masks will also assist in reducing the chance of ash inhalation.
4.. Individuals with respiratory issues should avoid contact with the ash. Stay indoors until authorities say it is safe to go outside.
5. Listen for up-to-date reports from official departments and news channels.
6. Ensure that you communicate with and where possible monitor the vulnerable persons in your communities such as the elderly and persons with disabilities.
7. Avoid any attempts at cleaning up the ash or debris from your surroundings until it is safe to do so.