Tortola, BVI, April 14, 2009 (DDM)- Predictions released by Colorado State University’s of leading forecaster, Professor William Gray, calls for an average hurricane season in 2009. A press statement issued by Professor Gray and his team said that based on the potential for a weak El Nino event and an observed cooling of tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures, the number of hurricanes developing in 2009 would decrease.

Tortola, BVI, April 06, 2009 (DDM) –Days after the Virgin Islands’ (UK) annual National Simulation Exercise tested the Territory’s preparedness and notification systems for earthquakes and tsunamis, a major earthquake hit the Italian Region.

Occurring early this morning while most residents were still asleep, its epicenter was located at 70 miles northeast of Rome near the medieval city of L'Aquila. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, this shallow earthquake measured 6.3 on the Richter scale. The death toll is now at 92 and climbing; 1500 persons are reported injured and some 100,000 people were left homeless.

By Department of Disaster Management, BVI
Thu, 2 Apr 2009, 12:09

Tortola, Tuesday, April 2 (DDM) - First responders along with public and private sector agencies completed the LANTEX (North Atlantic Tsunami Exercise) drill this morning. The Virgin Islands was one of many disaster management agencies along the Atlantic Coast that participated in the conjured earthquake and tsunami exercise. This morning’s scenario created a pseudo earthquake, measuring 8.6 in magnitude off the northern coast of Puerto Rico that generated a destructive tsunami in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Tortola, Tuesday, March 31 (DDM) - The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is finalizing plans for their 2009 simulation exercise to be held later this week. Entitled LANTEX (North Atlantic Tsunami Exercise), the drill will be done in conjunction with disaster response agencies on the United States and Canadian east coasts, as well as the Gulf of Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.

Tortola, BVI, March 12, 2009 (DDM) – The final of a three part series of workshops hosted by the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) will conclude this afternoon.

Geared towards members of the Territory’s building community, the final workshop focused on wind loads, geotechnical analysis, modern construction methods, as well as designs for flood hazards.

CDEMA Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. Resilience Way, Lower Estate, St. Michael Tel: (246) 434-4880, Fax: (246) 271-3660
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