SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Police gave TelEm Group the “All Clear” signal shortly before the close of the business day Wednesday, to allow managers and staff back into their main building on Pond Island following a surprise bomb scare.
TelEm Group personnel raised the alarm Wednesday afternoon after the company’s Helpdesk service received the threatening call from an unknown caller.
Police were notified and arrived soon after to evacuate the building and make a sweep inside.
According to TelEm Group Chief Technical Officer, and Hurricane Committee Chairman, Mr. Eldert Louisa, the evacuation of the company’s main building was orderly and without incident. He said after personnel were told to stand well clear of the building and while the police officers were making their sweep inside, a decision was taken to allow staff to leave for home, since it was already close to the end of the business day.
“The caller disrupted operations and took away valuable time from our continuing storm protection preparations,” said Mr. Louisa.
He said TelEm Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Kendall Dupersoy, came directly from PJIAE Airport Wednesday afternoon from a business trip.
Mr. Dupersoy said he kept in daily contact with the company while overseas and was fully informed about the Hurricane preparations that were under way within the company. The CEO cut his trip short so that he could be on the island before the passing of Tropical Storm Isaac.
“People are understandably still anxious about any approaching storm following what they experienced with Hurricane Irma last year, and with schools closed and the weather deteriorating I doubt that our staff will have their minds on their work,” said Mr. Dupersoy.
He said come Thursday morning he will be giving instructions for personnel to put in play their part of the company’s Hurricane Preparedness plan to protect and secure office equipment and documents, after which they will be allowed to leave for home and await the passing of Tropical Storm Isaac. He said TelEm Group locations will therefore be closed at 12:00 Noon Thursday.
Mr. Dupersoy said TelEm Group offices will open again the following day, Friday, unless the company announces otherwise in the electronic, print and online media.
Personnel are requested to monitor all media channels and also to maintain contact with their department managers and supervisors should any additional information be given.