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International Day for Disaster Reduction October 13th, 2015

The Valley, Anguilla, October 14th, 2015 (Department of Disaster Management) - To mark the observance of this year’s International Day Disaster Reduction and to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), the Department hosted a Disaster Feud knock-out game along the same lines as the highly popular Family Feud TV game show. Participating Teams included: Sam & The Baby Mamaz, Dynamite, First Fantastic 5, Lanterns, Book Lovers, ARC Responders, The Justice Warriors, and Sparta Squad.


The finals which were fittingly held on International Day Disaster Reduction for was keenly contested and the eventual winners were the First Fantastic 5 who overcame a large deficit to edge out Sam & The Baby Mamaz by a score line of 300-261. The game which was the brainchild of Ms.Susan, Hodge Programme Officer for Community Outreach and Public Education generated much enthusiasm and excitement and was as educational and informative as it was entertaining.

The International Day Disaster Reduction is a day to celebrate how people and communities are reducing their risk to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of Disaster Reduction. It's also a day to encourage every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations. The focus of this year’s International Day Disaster Reduction for (IDDR 2015) was on recognising and raising awareness of the contribution of traditional, indigenous and local knowledge to building resilience of societies.

The Department wishes to thank all those who participated in the Disaster Feud as well as all those who attended the games over the past few weeks. This was one example of the continuing efforts of the Department to raise awareness of the concept of Disaster Risk Reduction through mitigation and preparedness. Finally, in keeping with the theme of International Day Disaster Reduction for 2015, let us do our utmost to recognize the efforts of communities and organisations, large and small, who put their wisdom to use in reducing disaster risk and sharing their precious “knowledge for life”. On International Day Disaster Reduction for the Department therefore extends our sincerest thanks to all of our partners who help to make Anguilla safe and more resilient and in doing so remind them that their efforts have not gone unrecognized or unappreciated.

For questions or further information please call the Department of Disaster Management at 497-2926.



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