Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine July 2016 - Page 133

MONTSERRAT A few facts . . . Montserrat is a British Overseas Territory, which it is said, resembles coastal Ireland. It is governed by a locally elected Premier and Parliament. The UK Government works with Montserrat’s Government to strengthen the island’s economic planning, emergency management, and security. The UK Government also appoints a governor who lives on island. The city of Plymouth, St. George’s Hill, the Soufriere Hills Volcano, and the entire south of the island are in Zone V, referred to as the Exclusion Zone. Access to this area is strictly managed to ensure safe and rapid evacuation, should there be volcanic activity. Visits require police permission and the company of an authorized tour guide. There is also a siren alarm system installed around the island which is used to warn of any volcanic activity that might affect the rest of the island. © www.visitmontserrat.com 129