STATEMENT BY PREMIER AND MINISTER OF FINANCE DR. THE HONOURABLE D. ORLANDO SMITH, OBE ON THE RECOVERY DEVELOPMENT WORKING GROUP
Thursday, 15th February, 2018
Ladies and gentlemen,
Shortly after Hurricane Irma affected the Territory, a Disaster Recovery Coordinating Committee (DRCC) was established to provide oversight and advice on all aspects of the Territory's recovery activities and initiatives following the unprecedented trio of disaster events - floods of August and hurricanes Maria and Irma in September.
Persons can now apply for Recovery Grants under the Housing Recovery Assistance Programme.
The programme is designed to address the needs of persons requiring housing support while replenishing the housing stock in order to be disaster resilient.
Assistant Secretary for the Ministry of Health and Social Development, Ms. Alisia Browne said offering additional forms of assistance will expand the scope of persons who can apply for and receive the needed help to rebuild homes.
On the 9th February 2018, around 1:43 pm, according to the Puerto Rico Seismic Network, an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 5.5 was felt in the Virgin Islands. The epicenter was located at latitude 18.96, longitude 61.74 or approximately 166 milies east of Anegada, BVI at a depth of 10km. No tsunami watches or warnings were issued for the VI from this event.
The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) takes this time to remind the BVI community that we live in a seismically active zone, which makes the Territory vulnerable to earthquakes.
The impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on the strong motion and seismic network throughout the BVI is being examined this week.
Director of the Puerto Rico Strong Motion Programme at the Department of Civil Engineering and Surveying of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez Professor Martinez-Cruzado is leading a team of engineers to conduct the exercise.
One thousand and seventy four households have benefitted from the financial assistance programme led by the BVI Red Cross and Caritas Antilles with the support of the Government of the British Virgin Islands.
The programme received financial support of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency International (ADRA), and is now complete.