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Tortola, BVI, November 12, 2008 (DDM) – Contractors and artisans are hereby notified that the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College is offering a Level I Safer Building Course scheduled to begin on Virgin Gorda on Saturday November 22nd 2008. The course will be held in the Enid Pickering Plaza every Saturday beginning at 9:00am for 5-6 weeks. The course is being offered at an inclusive fee of $350. This fee will also cover the cost of textbooks and other relevant course materials. The Level I course covers topics that introduces participants to pre-construction planning, site preparation, foundations, walls roofs, and post construction maintenance.

Tortola, BVI, November 12, 2008 (DDM) – According to Associated Press reports, a school collapsed in Petionville , Haiti on Sunday the 9 th of November. It has been reported that approximately 500 children may have been trapped when the walls of the three-storey school building buckled. Persons throughout the world watched as rescue workers frantically tried to save possible survivors. The school housed classes from the nursery level to the secondary level. It has been confirmed that 92 persons have died; however hundreds are still trapped. Rescue operations were hampered by the passage of Hurricane Paloma, the instability of the impact site and difficulty in getting equipment through the dense crowds that gathered. In addition, houses situated near the impacted zone also collapsed. It is suspected that the school was poorly built and had structural defects.

Tortola, BVI, November 6, 2008 (DDM) – Tropical Paloma is located near 15.3N/82.2W, or about 290 miles south-southwest of Grand Cayman Island. Movement is to the north-northwest near 7 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph. Paloma is expected to continue strengthening and could become a hurricane tomorrow, reaching Category 2 strength as it passes near the Cayman Islands. The projected track takes Paloma very near the Cayman Islands on Saturday, across central to eastern Cuba late Sunday to early Monday, then the system is projected to pass through the Bahamas on Monday afternoon. Increasing wind shear will begin weakening Paloma by the time it reaches the Bahamas as it accelerates northeastward into the open Atlantic.

Castries, Saint Lucia, October 28, 2008 (NEMO) – The National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) continues its campaign of education to inform Saint Lucians that we must prepare for not only hurricanes. Tomorrow marks 35 years since a plane crashed at Mount Gimie leaving 3 dead. The following is an extract from an article by Robert Devaux for the Saint Lucia National Trust:

St. George's, Grenada, October 27, 2006 (NaDMA) - Disaster Management received a boost Thursday following the launch of a programme involving the nations youth.

About 50 young persons are being sent out into the communities to provide crucial support to the revamped community structure.

They will be working with the 17 district disaster committees throughout the tri island state.

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