Month: June 2011

Montserrat continues to strengthen national disaster framework.

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BRADES, Montserrat – Montserrat’s national disaster framework has been further strengthened with the successful completion of a disaster management course by Candita Greenaway and Vaquel Murraine.
Greenaway is an Executive Officer attached to the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) while Murraine is an officer with the Royal Montserrat Fire Service. Both participated and completed an intensive one-week course on Leadership and Strategic Planning for Disaster Risk Reduction, May 23 to 27 at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College on Tortola, BVI.
Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency Jeremy Collymore told the delegates they will be expected to demonstrate the benefits of this exposure.
“The tools and skills you have been exposed to during this training will become very necessary as you seek to incorporate them in your work,” said Mr. Collymore. “Disaster risk reduction policy and programming in this vulnerable region cannot be based on business as usual.”

DMCA hosts 2011 Hurricane Conference

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BRADES, Montserrat “Preparedness is the Best Response and the Time to Learn is Now”, was the theme for the 2011 annual Disaster Preparedness Workshop, previously dubbed the annual Hurricane Conference which was hosted by the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) on Thursday April 28th

The workshop was attended by heads of key government departments and agencies involved in disaster management and recovery. It was facilitated by Director Billy Darroux and other members of the DMCA staff. Participants evaluated the readiness of their departments to handle any disasters.
Coming just about one month before the beginning of the 2011 hurricane season, Darroux told the participants that it was important to ‘think beyond hurricanes’. Recognizing that Montserrat can be impacted by a other types of disasters even during the hurricane season, he urged them to be ready for any eventuality, pointing out that “Plans should include what we do before, during and most importantly right after a disaster”. He added that there is more work to be done to “improve inter-agency communication especially in relation to disseminating critical information prior to events with enough lead time to make adequate preparations.”
Governor, His Excellency Adrian Davis commended the DMCA for being the first British Overseas Territory (BOT) to host its 2011 Disaster Preparedness Conference. He reminded the participants that communicating with the general public is vitally important to ensure that they receive the pertinent information about hurricane readiness.
The director is of the opinion that participants are now able to apply a more comprehensive approach to the planning process – involving preparation and recovery and are aware that other disasters can happen during the season which runs from June to December, or even during a hurricane.

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