Press Release

Ministry of Health & Social Development
Release Date:
Friday, 6 July 2018 - 5:43pm

Acting Head of Family Children and Protective Services, Ms. Laurel Freeman is calling on parents to take precautions to safeguard their children as the Territory prepares for residual impact of hurricane Beryl.

Ms. Freeman said, “Some unexpected scenarios came out of the 2017 experiences in regards to child safety and it is the hope that parents take heed and take the necessary pre-cautions and remember that the Department is here to assist.”

She said the following information is a checklist for parents provided by the Social Development Department and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).

  • Pack all essentials needed for your children inclusive of medication, boots, gloves, raincoats, hand sanitisers and extra clothing.
  • Pack your children’s favorite toys, books, music and appliances especially electronics that are battery operated.
  • Talk to your children about what to expect if they have to go to a shelter.
  • Develop a system beforehand with your children that would allow them to be identified if they becomes lost or separated from you. Remember to take photographs with camera or cellphones of official documentations such as birth certificates, passports or National Health Insurance identification cards.
  • Always ensure that children with special needs such as physical impairments have a system or help available to be evacuated such as a neighbour or relative.
  • Learn basic first aid skills such as Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) beforehand in the event that your children become ill during an emergency.
  • Always create a buddy system if you have large households to ensure that they are all accountable.

In the event of an emergency, parents are advised to telephone 911, 311 or 468-9371.

The Ministry of Health and Social Development aspires to provide a caring and integrated system of health and social services that facilitates the recovery of human development and quality of life in the British Virgin Islands.


Adrianna J. Soverall

Ministry of Health and Social Development
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Telephone: 1(284)468-2272 or 2174