Disaster management intern focuses on crisis & disaster management

Tortola, British Virgin Islands, June 11th, 2013 (DDM) - As part of our continued agreement with the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom, the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) again will benefit from an intern’s work on Crisis and Disaster Management.


Ms. Emma Higgins, an intern from the University of Portsmouth, England, is in the Virgin Islands for four weeks working with the DDM to conduct a comparison study to determine if increased immigration to the islands is impacting the success of the Disaster Management Programme in the Virgin Islands.

In describing the work she is doing with the DDM Ms. Higgins said, “The study will be used to determine the impact rapid population movement can have on the disaster management’s public information and education programme. And if so, identify ways we might be able to better reach the residents.

Director of the DDM, Ms. Sharleen DaBreo said, “We are pleased to be able to accommodate interns such as Ms. Higgins from the University of Portsmouth. Emma is the fifth student who has joined us over the last four years. Her work will complement the Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) of the study completed in 2012, develop strategies and address the gaps we might have missed in developing our public information plans for 2014 to 2018.