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01 Apr 2016 description

Several residents from Cane Garden and Brewers Bay are now trained in a number of basic life support and rescue techniques.

The training programme was conducted by the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) from March 15 to 23.

Participants were trained in basic fire suppression, basic search and rescue, first aid and CPR, and disaster medical operations which can make a difference between life and death during emergencies.

06 Mar 2016 description

A public/private partnership has been established to chart the path towards mosquito eradication on Virgin Gorda.

The ‘Project Bug Out’ partnership is part of efforts to reduce the potential impact of the Zika Virus on the sister island. The project’s steering committee is comprised of community members from private, pubic and non-government sectors and will seek to ensure that all residents of Virgin Gorda and surrounding cays are aware of the immediate measures that they can take to support mosquito eradication.

16 Feb 2016 description

Several Participating States in the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) system have been placed under immediate drought watch or warning for 2016. The drought situation remains a major concern for many countries due to the below-normal rainfall recorded during the previous dry and wet seasons, which resulted in a number of countries experiencing water shortages in 2015.

01 Feb 2016 description

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.

01 Feb 2016 description

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.

06 Jan 2016 description

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.

30 Oct 2015 description

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.

30 Oct 2015 description

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.

26 Oct 2015 description

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..

07 Sep 2015 description

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.

04 Sep 2015 description

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.