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St. George's, Grenada, April 5, 2007 (NaDMA) - A team from the international aid agency Oxfam has been visiting Grenada and talking with stakeholders to see how best assistance can be channeled to the island in the event of a natural disaster.

The team comprised Siuwa Iyahen, project Officer in the English Speak Caribbean and Hauke Hoops, regional humanitarian coordinator for Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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.

Tortola, BVI, March 03, 2009 (DDM) – At a press conference held this afternoon, Deputy Director of the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) Zebalon McLean announced the Territory's annual simulation exercise will take place on April 02. The 2009 North Atlantic Tsunami Exercise (LANTEX) will test the Territory’s response mechanism to the threat of a tsunami caused by a major earthquake. It is being conducted to assist earthquake and tsunami preparedness efforts along the United States and Canadian east coasts, the Gulf of Mexico, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The pseudo earthquake will measure 8.6 in magnitude off the northern coast of Puerto Rico that generates a destructive tsunami in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands with projected tsunami amplitudes of over five metres. The earthquake will occur in the morning of Thursday, April 2, 2009. The exercise provides an opportunity for emergency management organisations along the Atlantic coast, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to exercise our operational lines of communications, review earthquake/tsunami response procedures, and promote tsunami preparedness. Referencing the December 26 tsunami of 2004, McLean said, "Many factors were present to explain why we did not share the misfortune of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand. However, there are just as many existing factors that could result in us experiencing a tsunami right here at home, as we are located in the most active seismic zone in the Caribbean. This fact is reiterated in the constant information, reports and findings that are made available to us by our partners at the Puerto Rico Seismic Network (PRSN) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS)."

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