2011 Disaster Management Workshop series gets underway in Dominica
The role that businesses can play in community disaster preparedness and recovery was high on the agenda, when stakeholders met at the Garraway Hotel on Thursday , for a one-day workshop forming part of the 2011 disaster management workshop series.
The workshop which is being spearheaded by tropical shipping in collaboration with the Caribbean Central American Action (CCCA), brought together the private and public sectors, in an effort to build partnership around strong, implementable disaster response plans.
Assistant vice president of tropical shipping, Mr Bill Taylor says the workshop, which is being held under the theme; ‘building a culture of preparedness; when seconds count’, is aimed at securing the support and commitment of stakeholders during the recovery process.
At the end of the workshop, participants were expected to sign a memorandum of understanding signaling their commitment to provide assistance to any future disaster recovery effort.
Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica air and sea ports authority, Mr. Benoit Bardouille says that in Dominica, they are partnering with the relevant authorities in ensuring that citizens adopt a culture of preparedness, in order to deal with natural and man-made disasters effectively.
Eddie Bruno, who represented the Minister of National Security, Immigration and Labour, who coincidentally is out of state attending a disaster preparedness forum, says the ministry welcomes these discussions.
He says that the event is timely, especially as it is being held when the ministry is finalizing their preparedness and response plan ahead of the 2011 hurricane season.
Presentations at the workshop covered topics such as business continuity practices, natural hazard vulnerability, best practices and roles in local preparedness.