TCI holds Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (DANA) Training

Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands, July 3rd, 2015 (DDME) - The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) in partnership with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the Department of Planning will facilitate a three day “Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (DANA)” training from July 6th – 8th, 2015 at the Sands at Grace Bay, Providenciales.

Devastation caused by natural disasters in the Turks and Caicos Islands in past years, including the most recent Tropical Storm Cristobal during August 2014, has highlighted the critical need for the Turks and Caicos Islands to be better able to rapidly and accurately assess the damage caused by a disaster as well as identify the needs for immediate assistance in relief and reconstruction.

TCI will benefit from the first DANA training done by the CDEMA CU using the new methodology, Model Plan and Procedures since it was launched in May 2015. These also include an updated Data Collection Form and the inclusion of “Gender mainstreaming” in the DANA process.

The objectives of damage and needs assessments are to determine:

  • Nature and extent of a disaster
  • Damage and secondary threats
  • Needs of the population
  • Resource availability and local response capacity
  • Options for relief assistance, longer-term recovery and development
  • Needs for international assistance

The training is expected to draw over 25 persons from various agencies, both government and non-governmental such as Planning, Lands and Survey, Red Cross, Health, Statistical Unit, Finance, Housing division, etc. The training will be conducted by CDEMA facilitators: Ms. Joanne Persad (Programme Manager Preparedness and Response) and General Earl Arthurs (Operations Specialist).

As part of the government’s coordinated effort to enhance emergency planning and strengthen the nation’s overall level of preparedness, the DDME will continue to employ every effort to enhance the capacity of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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