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.
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The British Virgin Islands has become the first territory outside of the United States and Canada to be granted international accreditation for its disaster management programme.
The accreditation is awarded by the Emergency Management Accreditation Programme (EMAP), which is the only accreditation process that exists for emergency management programmes worldwide.
Text messaging is now officially part of the Early Warning System in the British Virgin Islands.
Representatives from all three cellular companies operating in the BVI today inked agreements that will facilitate the use of their respective Short Message Service (SMS) platforms to deliver emergency messages to their customer database.
His Excellency Governor John Duncan who signed on behalf of the BVI Government welcomed the historic development, noting that the move has been long in coming.
Tortola, British Virgin Islands, March 26th, 2015 (DDM) - Over 4,200 persons from the public and private sector participated in this year’s national tsunami exercise, Caribe Wave Lantex 15.
A large-scale tsunami response exercise will take place in the Caribbean on 25 March. The purpose of this exercise is to test the Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions, established in 2005 under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO). It is designed to evaluate the response capacity of Caribbean countries and adjacent regions* in the event of a dangerous tsunami. The organizers** of the test have prepared two scenarii.
As you are aware, each year the Territory joins with several other nations to test their tsunami readiness during the annual simulation exercise, Caribe Wave/Lantex. The 2015 exercise, scheduled for Wednesday, 25th March, 2015, simulates an 8.5 magnitude earthquake located just north of Panama in the southwest Caribbean Sea.
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Tropical Storm Gonzalo continues to strengthen as it moves across the Northern Leeward Islands. At 2.00 pm today, October 13, 2014 Tropical Storm Warnings remain in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat and St Kitts/Nevis. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the British Virgin Islands and a Hurricane Watch for Anguilla.
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Hurricane Gonzalo churned in the Atlantic on Wednesday, bringing intense winds and threatening to deluge the Bahamas, US forecasters said.
A hurricane watch went up in Bermuda, which could feel the storm's fury by Friday, the Miami-based US National Hurricane Center said.
"A dangerous storm surge is expected to produce significant coastal flooding in Bermuda," the NHC said in a public advisory, adding that it expected large and destructive waves.
NICARAGUA - EARTHQUAKE
• An earthquake of magnitude 7.3M and depth 40km occurred off the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, on 14 October, 3.51 UTC.
• A Tsunami Threat message was issued on 4.11 UTC by the PTWC, for the coasts of Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador up to 300km from the epicentre. JRC calculations indicate a possible tsunami generation of up to 0.1m in the northern coast of Chinandega. The Tsunami warning was discontinued at 4.35 UTC.
LLUVIAS INTENSAS: Las fuertes precipitaciones de los últimos días ocasionan daños de diversa gravedad en Nicaragua, Guatemala, islas Bermudas y Colombia, entre otros países.
SEQUÍA: Aumenta el número de familias afectadas en Guatemala a 300,000 mientras el Gobierno y PMA continúan con la distribución de alimentos a estas personas.
INTENSE RAINS: Recent heavy rains have caused damages in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Bermuda islands and Colombia, among other countries.
DROUGHT: The number of families affected increased to 300,000. The Government and WFP continue distributing food to affected people.
EBOLA: A second case was diagnosed in the USA, representing the first time someone is infected in the country. Countries in the region are strengthening their preparedness plans to deal with possible cases.
Source: Reuters - Tue, 14 Oct 2014 01:18 GMT
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Hurricane Gonzalo strengthened as it churned through the Caribbean on Monday headed for the British Virgin Islands, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
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Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States
5th & 6th Plenary Meetings (AM & PM)
APIA, 3 September — Proper management of the world’s vast oceans — the lifeline of the planet — and its rich marine life was vital to end degradation of ecosystems, stem biodiversity loss and ensure the world’s food supply, delegates warned as the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States continued today.
The Ministry of Health and Social Development is continuing its efforts to ensure that the number of cases of Chickungunya in the Territory remain low.
Since the disease was first reported in the Caribbean last December, the BVI has recorded 30 cases. Figures released by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) at the end of August revealed more than 650,000 suspected cases of Chikungunya and close to 8,000 confirmed cases. The PAHO figures also reveal that the death toll in the Caribbean is now at 37, with most deaths reported in Martinique.
The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) and the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), formalising cooperation between the two.
The agreement authorises the RVIPF to activate the various emergency alert systems if it is determined that the BVI faces immediate threat from a local tsunami and contact cannot be made with the DDM.