Upgrades to designated facilities on St Maarten that are also used as hurricane shelters are fully underway as part of the Emergency Recovery Project 1. Four facilities that are used as official shelters, identified as priority by the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development & Labor (VSA) are on target to be completed in August 2020. The four priority facilities are the Rupert Maynard Community Center, the National Institute of Professional Advancement (NIPA), Milton Peters College main gymnasium and Dutch Quarter Community Center. Upgrades to nine other facilities that are also used as shelters will be completed by early 2021.
Each shelter facility is receiving much-needed upgrades including the installation of new generators, replacing old or installing new air conditioners, above groundwater reservoirs and diesel tanks are also being constructed and installed at the various sites. Missing, broken or outdated windows, doors and shutters are also being replaced. Additionally, plumbing and electrical works will be carried out where necessary.
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- Melford Hazel Sports Center, Soualiga Road, Philipsburg
- Milton Peters College Gym Hall, L.B. Scott Road, St. Peters Cul de Sac
- St. Maarten Academy Gym Hall, Cupper Drive, Cul de Sac
- L.B. Scott Sport Center, Long Wall Road, Philipsburg
- Genevieve de Weever School Experiment, Estate Drive, Upper Princes’ Quarter
- Dutch Quarter Community Center, Dacca Road, Dutch Quarter Lower Princes Quarter
- Belvedere Community Center, Belvedere Estate Road, Lower Princes Quarter
- Rupert Maynard Community Center, St. Peters Road, St. Peters Cul de Sac
- Little League Ball Park, Soualiga Road, Philipsburg
- National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA), Bobcat Road, Little Bay
- Simpson Bay Community Center, St. Modesta Road, Simpson Bay
- John Larmonie Center, Long Wall Road, Philipsburg
*The shelter at the Sister Marie Laurence School in Middle Region has been removed as this school is scheduled to be demolished under another project.