|Nassau, Bahamas, while Hurricane Joaquin was in the region|
With the hurricane season now upon us (June through November) and all the alerts we receive by television or internet, I asked my husband Erskine how they learned of approaching storms on Long Island, Bahamas, as he was growing up. He was born and brought up there.
He remembers a lady down the road who had a telephone in her store. She would receive news from
of a tropical
storm or hurricane in the area and spread the news. The Out Island Commissioners
would also play an active part in alerting residents. Nassau
Erskine says after he moved to
the age of fifteen he remembers his late parents were given a radio, but they
couldn’t receive ZNS, the national radio station of The Bahamas, at night.
However, they got an excellent reception from Bonaire Radio on the Caribbean Nassau and used to listen to some great
music in the evenings from there. island of Bonaire
Erskine’s parents would be amazed to see all the modern facilities
has now, including television and internet! At the recent Long Island Sailing
Regatta, which is held annually in Salt Pond, as fast as attendees snapped photos
they were instantly shared on Facebook and other social media. Who would have
ever thought back in those days that this would ever be a regular practice on Long Island!