Tortola, Virgin Islands, November 16, 2009 (DDM) - At 9:50am, the National Emergency Operation Center (NEOC) was activated at Level 1. Heavy rains and thunderstorms will continue to affect the Virgin Islands throughout the day and into the evening. The soil is already heavily saturated, and the Territory is under a Flash Flood Warning. A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is very likely to occur in some low lying areas.

Tortola, British Virgin Islands, July 18, 2008, (DDM) – Twenty-four persons from various response agencies in the Territory convened at the Department of Disaster Management today to take part in a one-day Incident Command Systems (ICS) training course for senior Officers. According to facilitator Mr. Leonard R. Mobley, who is also the consultant attached to the DDM and charged with the mandate of revising the National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP), “the purpose of the training was to familiarize the responders from key agencies with how the revised NDMP is incorporated in the Incident Command System structure.”

The training comes on the heels of the completion of the newly revised NDMP, into which the ICS is integrated. The benefits of the ICS structure according to Mr. Mobley “are that the plan now allows for a better span of control, organization and resource management.” He further stated that the ICS structure is an easily adaptable system for organizing resources within the response to a disaster and it is internationally used and recognized. “Today’s training session will help participants better understand how the National Emergency Operation Centre will operate and the processes within the NEOC during activation,” he said.

Tortola,Virgin Islands (UK)- September 17, 2009 (GIS) - Representatives from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) which was formerly known as CDERA have introduced the Comprehensive Disaster Management Harmonized Implementation Programme (CDM HIP) – Phase One to National Disaster Organisations representatives in the Virgin Islands.

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