The Association of Hotels and Tourism of the Dominican Republic (Asonahores) recommended activating security and prevention protocols in each of the hotel complexes, given the threat of Hurricane Fiona passing through Dominican territory.
Given the alerts issued by the National Meteorology Office (Onamet) and the Emergency Operations Center (COE), of hurricane conditions from Cabo Caucedo to Puerto Plata (San Cristóbal, Santo Domingo, San Pedro de Macorís, La Romana, La Altagracia, María Trinidad Sánchez, Espaillat, Puerto Plata, Samaná, Hato Mayor, El Seybo and Monte Plata), and Tropical Storm for the rest of the island, Asonahores recommended activating, as usual, the emergency committee to carry out the internal protocols of place.
Among the recommended measures are: establishing a containment and shelter area for guests in a safer area of the establishment, removal of beach furniture and open areas, reduction or emptying of swimming pools, review of storm drains and power lines, removal of customers housed on the beachfront and first floor, recommending the use of second levels, preparing a kit of non-perishable food and water to prevent guests from leaving the rooms during the storm and maintaining an internal emergency committee in permanent session and constant communication with the State emergency agencies.
The president of Asonahores, Rafael Blanco Tejera, pointed out that it is important to keep an eye on the reports issued by the authorities. “We are prepared and reactivate the protocols designed and customary for this type of eventuality, however we ask our membership to remain alert to the bulletins issued by Onamet and COE, as well as to strictly follow the recommendations established by our authorities”, he stressed. .
In addition, they asked the hotels to communicate with the association in case they have the availability to receive guests who must be transferred to other facilities for security reasons, as well as to report any incident that may arise during the passage of climatic precipitation.
Asonahores met with the Ministry of Tourism and all the provinces in the morning and will meet again this afternoon to follow up on the measures applied.