Ag. Public Health Communications Specialist
Ministry of Health and Social Development
Telephone: 468-3701 ext. 852 7742
All parents and guardians are reminded to make the necessary preparations to safeguard their children this Hurricane Season.
Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Development, Tasha Bertie said that better prepared parents and guardians will ensure that their children, and by extension, their families are safe and they will also have the necessary tools to address emergencies that may arise.
Ms. Bertie said, “The storms of 2017 met us all ill-prepared, as no one could have predicted that magnitude of an impact and so we really want families to take heed and do not take anything for granted. The Ministry and the Social Development Department through a campaign is working closely with a number of partners and agencies; one of which is the United Nations Children Fund also known as UNICEF to ensure that we assist as many families in getting better prepared, especially during the Hurricane Season.”
Ms. Bertie highlighted that as part of the campaign, a number of promotional items and tools will be available in the coming days and weeks. She added, “The Ministry of Health and Social Development in collaboration with our partners will be rolling out a number of public service announcements, demonstration videos, training sessions and even take-away items like a start-up emergency kits to help families prepare.”
Ms. Bertie said that experts within the ministry understand that the storms of 2017 have left some residual feelings of anxiety as persons are still rebuilding; but residents must be prepared nonetheless to safeguard their families.
The following information is a checklist for parents provided by the Social Development Department and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).
Parents are advised in case of emergency, to call 911, 311 or the Social Development’s 24 hour hotline at 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.