Minister of Natural Resources Dr. Kedrick Pickering has announced a pilot project that will be implemented in Cane Garden Bay and Brewers Bay to – among other things – address the issues of flooding, sediment pollution and beach erosion in "very practical and tangible ways". He said the initiative – which is dubbed the North Shore Integrated Coastal and Watershed Stabilisation Project – is being implemented under the European Union’s Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA), and is spearheaded in different countries by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States OECS Commission.
The Government of the Virgin Islands recently obtained additional technical assistance to support and enhance its efforts towards Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Sustainable Land Management (SLM).This was done in collaboration with the OECS Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) Project in the Caribbean. The Departments of Conservation and Fisheries, and Agriculture received Geographic Information System/Global Positioning System (GIS/GPS) technology for effective use of geo-spatial data necessary to inform decision making, policies and strategies.
The Ministry of Health and Social Development is advising residents that an alert has been issued for the Caribbean region as a result of cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus that have occurred.
The alert was issued by the Pan American Health Organisation. The Zika virus is transmitted by the same Aedes Aegypti mosquito that is also the insect vector for Dengue and Chikungunya and the symptoms are also very similar. It is also suspected to carry the risk of microcephaly which causes smaller than expected head sizes to occur in infants of affected mothers.
Tortola, British Virgin Islands, October 28th, 2015 (DDM) - Community Emergency Response Team Training for teenagers (Teen CERT) is now part of the afterschool programme administered through Cedar International School and facilitated by the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), BVI Red Cross and Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Service.
Tortola, British Virgin Islands, October 28th, 2015 (DDM) - The Department of Disaster Management is partnering with the Rotary Club of Road Town to offer Business Emergency Response Training (BERT) for local businesses.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR LOW LYING AND FLOOD PRONE AREAS OF THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS VALID FROM 1 P.M TODAY UNTIL 8 P.M. THIS EVENING..
Wednesday, September 2 - The Government of the Virgin Islands and several local businesses and agencies are collaborating to support the Dominica response and relief efforts.
Tropical Storm Erika, the fifth named storm of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season, impacted the Commonwealth of Dominica on Thursday August 27, 2015 causing severe flooding, landslides and widespread damage across the island. A weather station at Canefield airport recorded 12.64 inches of rain in a 12 hour period resulting in flash flooding throughout the island.
2 September 2015 - 9:45am Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE has joined the international community in a demonstration of solidarity for the island of Dominica, and has pledged US$100,000.00 towards relief efforts on behalf of the Government of the Virgin Islands.
Premier Smith stated that while the British Virgin Islands was spared, the Government wanted to reach out in a tangible way to the Government and people of the Commonwealth of Dominica.
• Tropical Storm ERIKA moved through Lesser Antilles on 27 August, causing heavy rainfall. Dominica was especially affected by floods and landslides. As of 28 August, there were five dead, 21 missing and several homes destroyed. Afterwards it started moving over the Caribbean Sea towards the Dominican Republic, as a Tropical Storm. On 28 August afternoon (UTC), it is approaching the south-eastern coast. At 12.00 UTC its center was located approx. 50 km southeast of Saona Island and it had max. sustained winds of 85 km/h.
Tropical Storm ERIKA continued moving west-northwest over the northern Atlantic Ocean towards the Leeward Islands. On 27 August at 3.00 UTC its centre was located approximately 175km east-southeast of Antigua and it had maximum sustained winds of 74 km/h.
Caribbean - Tropical Cyclone ERIKA
• ERIKA continues moving north-west as a Tropical Storm. On 27 August, at 9.00 UTC, its centre was located between Grand Terre of Guadeloupe and the island of Antigua.
• Over the next 24h, ERIKA’s intensity may slightly increase, but will remain a Tropical Storm. Its centre is forecast to pass near or over portions of the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands on 27 August and near or north of Puerto Rico early on 28 August UTC.
Tropical Storm Erika is moving west-northwest over the Atlantic Ocean towards the Leeward Islands. On 26 August at 3.00 UTC it had maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h and its centre was located approximately 800 km east of Antigua.
Over the next 24 hrs it is forecast to continue moving west-northwest, strengthening, and moving through the Leeward Islands on 27-28 August. Its centre is forecast to pass very close or over Antigua and Barbuda islands in the morning of 27 August (UTC) and pass off the north-eastern coast of Puerto Rico early on 28 August.
Message: Search and Rescue continues and Damage Assessments commence in Dominica. Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Haiti, Southeastern and Central Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands. A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for Northwestern Bahamas.
Dominica, a CDEMA Participating State, has been severely affected by heavy rains as a result of the passage of Tropical Storm Erika on August 27, 2015. Several persons have been reported dead or missing and there has been major damage to infrastructure and utilities in many communities.
Message: Dominica significantly impacted by Tropical Storm Erika. Regional response teams on standby for immediate deployment. Storm conditions are expected to continue over portions of the Leeward Islands, and reach the Virgin Islands later today.
Message: Erika expected to reach Leeward Islands tonight. Tropical Storm Warning in effect for Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Monsterrat and St. Kitts and Nevis.
Message: Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat and St Kitts/Nevis. Danny is expected to pass near or over portions of the warning area by late tonight or early Monday.
At 2.00 p.m, Sunday, August 23, 2015 the center of Tropical Storm Danny, was located near latitude 18.8 North and longitude 58.1 West or about 260 miles East Southeast of Antigua and 215 miles East of Gaudeloupe.
Rainfall totals for the British Virgin Islands for the first half of 2015 are significantly low in comparison to previous years, resulting in substantial impact to farming grounds.
Rainfall statistics accumulated by the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) for the period January to June reveal a total of only 3.5 inches of rainfall, with the majority occurring in January and February. Comparing the same period in 2014, rainfall totals were at 13.5 inches.
The annual meeting of the National Disaster Management Council (NDMC) took on added significance this year with the signing of Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with the British Virgin Islands Airports Authority (BVIAA) and the Insurance Association of the British Virgin Islands (IABVI).
Both agreements formalise working relationships that have been established between the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) and the respective agencies and to support initiatives aimed at capacity building and building institutional as well as Territory-wide resilience.