As Chairman of this Conference, I have had the opportunity to observe, upfront, your deliberations. Your commitment to this cause is certainly not in question.   Notwithstanding of place, culture and representation it is clear that you are wedded to the common cause of promoting safe and resilient societies.  Unquestionably, the opportunity that I have had as Chairman to share and learn from you, the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) practitioners, will have far reaching impact on how I view this portfolio that I manage.  

Salutations

Ladies and gentlemen at the Opening Session I referred to the seven-year marital itch and the recognition that once properly managed the outcome can be a prolonged productive and prosperous relationship.Today, I feel that the Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Conference has put in place the requisite counselling and mitigation measures to ensure its continuity and growth.  The resolve by countries and partners to strengthen this CDM movement through the adaptation and/or development of appropriate policy, programme and resource mobilization is noted.

Greetings to all the people of the British Virgin Islands.

I am your Premier, Dr. D. Orlando Smith and I am here to speak to you briefly about the 2012 hurricane season.

Hurricanes are indeed powerful storms with the potential to produce significant storm surge, heavy rainfall, flooding, high winds and rip currents. It is important that all communities know how to prepare for each of these hazards.

My fellow Vincentians and visitors to our lovely shores:

As has become the norm every year, today I address you at the start of the hurricane season. The hurricane season traditionally begins on June 1st and ends November 30th. However, this year, 2012, the season is off to an early start. On May 19th, 2012, Tropical Storm Alberto became the first named storm of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season and was quickly followed by Tropical Storm Beryl on May 27th. So ready or not, we are already seeing storms forming in the region.

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