Department: Department of Disaster Management
Officers from the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) are hosting community preparedness meetings on the sister islands to improve community-based resilience.
The DDM in collaboration with the Sister Islands Programme have held meetings in North Sound, Valley, and The Settlement, with the final meeting today, October 18 at the Jost Van Dyke Methodist Church Annex.
DDM Community Relations Officer Cecil Jeffrey said the sessions will give sister islands residents a chance to meet the team and learn ways they can prepare for and respond to hazards.
“The worst thing that could happen after a disaster is for persons to feel helpless,” Mr Jeffrey said, adding, “The goal we are working toward is empowering persons all over the Territory to take action after an emergency, whether it’s in their home, their neighbourhood, or in their business.”
Residents have received tips for hurricanes and other hazards, on contingency and disaster planning, how to stay informed, and considerations for emergency shelter. DDM and Sister Islands Programme officers have also discussed training opportunities and community evacuation planning with attendees.
The officers have also shared information on the upcoming ShakeOut earthquake preparedness exercise, which takes place on October 19.
Residents can access a variety of resources such as a hurricane tracking map, templates for family and business emergency plans, and tips on preparing for storms and other hazards on the department’s website www.bviddm.com.