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Anguilla holds a series of disaster preparedness courses By Department of Disaster Management

The Valley, Anguilla, February 26, 2009 (DDM)- As part of continuing preparedness activities the National Disaster Management Committee (NDMC) through the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is holding a series of courses starting on Thursday 26th February and ending on Friday 6th March, 2009.

The Critical Incident Stress Debrief (CISD) is a one-day 8-hour course and will be held for approximately 85 people at the Teacher’s Resource Centre. The participants drawn from various government departments and the Anguilla Red Cross, will form a team who will assist in the event of a traumatic event affecting persons within their working environment.

The second one-day 8-hour course in Crisis Communications is slated for Friday 27th February also at the Teachers Resource Centre and participants will be drawn from senior personnel within the Anguilla Public Service. The course is designed to prepare senior personnel for any challenges that may occur for which they may be called upon to protect or defend their department, the government or the nation.

The last course will be a 5-day 40-hour Public Information Officer (PIO) course for approximately 25 participants drawn from various levels within the Anguilla Public Service. Participants will be exposed to interview techniques, writing news releases, communicating with the media, conducting public awareness campaigns and an overview of their job as a PIO.

All three courses will be facilitated by the Department of Disaster Management and are funded by a grant from Department for International Development (DfID).

For further information, please contact:
Department of Disaster Management
Tel: (264) 497-2926
Cell: (264) 476-3622
e-mail: [email protected]



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