Tortola, British Virgin Islands, July 2, 2008, (DDM) – The Department of Disaster Management, in conjunction with Consultant Leonard R. Mobley, is in the process of revising the National Disaster Management Plan. This is a multi-hazard plan that outlines procedures that should be followed in the event of a hazard impact. The purpose of the Plan is to ensure that the Territory is equipped to effectively and efficiently manage hazard impacts through the coordination of an effective disaster response.

Tortola, British Virgin Islands, June 26, 2008, (DDM) – As a part of the preparations for the 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season the DDM has completed inspections and undertaken retrofitting works on emergency shelters within the Territory. In 1999 the DDM undertook an assessment of all the emergency shelters and coming out of the assessment the DDM was provided with a list of retrofitting works that are to be completed on all of the shelters. “Each year we select shelters based on priority needs to complete retrofitting works”, stated Community Preparedness Manager, Mrs. Sheniah Armstrong-Davies. “To date 15 shelters have been retrofitted at a cost of $300 thousand dollars”. “For the period 2007-2008 the Jost Van Dyke Primary School, Long Trench Community Center, and the Emile Dunlop Emergency Shelter in Anegada were retrofitted”, Mrs. Davies went on to say.

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