KEY FACTS AND FIGURES
The following are the findings from collective centers assessed during the first round of DTM assessments conducted from 11-15 October 2017.
63 collective centers house Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Dominica
These 63 centres house 361 households (1,862 individuals) 53% of the displaced population reside in schools.
A reported 32% of the IDPs residing in collective centers present a vulnerability.
The Clear Harbor Cares Foundation has responded to Hon Prime Minister, Dr Roosevelt Skerrit’s call to lend a hand to Haiti, one of the countries hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew.
Company officials presented $10,000 during a ceremony on Monday at the Office of Disaster Management in Jimmit.
General Manager of Clear Harbor Dominica, Luther Seay, stated that he is pleased that the company could assist Haiti in its relief efforts.
The agreement was signed by the Honorable Minister for Foreign Affairs, Francine Baron and Stefano Manservisi, European Commission Director for International Co-Operation and Development at the recent EU-CELAC summit held in the Dominican Republic.
The overall post-Erika rehabilitation project, which will be carried out through the Ministry of Finance is part of efforts by government to source concessionary or grant funding that will mitigate the effects of tropical weather phenomena.
As promised by the Honourable Prime Minister, Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit, at a press conference last week, a 20ft container is currently being loaded for shipment to Haiti.
Following the impact on Haiti and the Bahamas by Hurricane Matthew, the Dominica leader launched an appeal to the private sector to fuel support for the donation of relief items for the severely affected people of Haiti.
Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Hon Prime Minister, Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit, has committed US$100,000 each to hurricane-stricken Haiti and Bahamas.
The Dominica leader led a delegation to Haiti and the Bahamas on a fact- finding mission on Monday 10th October.
The Kalinago People of Dominica invites the rest of the island to celebrate Kalinago Week from September 16 to 25th.
Proceeds of the week’s events will establish a Kalinago Emergency Response Fund.
Honourable Minister for Kalinago Affairs, Casius Darroux, revealed at a press conference on Friday, September 2nd that the Emergency Response Fund will meet the needs of the Kalinago people who require costly emergency medical interventions.
The theme for Kalinago Week this year is, ‘Kalinago Forever, Defeat Never: Embracing Our Kalinago Heritage.’
Government has spent between five and six million dollars to assist victims of Tropical Storm Erika.
This was revealed by the Chairperson of the Social Services and Welfare Ministerial Committee, Hon Justina Charles.
The Social Services and Welfare Subcommittee was appointed by Cabinet to assist in the recovery and rehabilitation exercise.
Hon Charles outlined some of the duties of the subcommittee.
The Parliament of Dominica has consented to establish a fund specifically to deal with the costs associated with natural disasters.
Recent incidents have proven that the island is prone to natural hazards including destructive rainfall events and earthquakes.
The bills for clean-up and restoration following both Tropical Storm Erika and the 2013 Christmas Eve trough were crippling.
Hence the reason for the vulnerability, risk and resilience fund.
The largest chunk of the $33.2m allocated to the Ministry of Health and the Environment goes to an environment-sensitive project.
The Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project or DVRP emanates from Dominica’s Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) and was approved for funding from the World Bank’s climate investment fund four years ago.
Dominica’s project was selected in addition to projects of 17 other countries to pilot their climate proofing strategies.
A team from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank is impressed with Dominica’s response to the global Zika emergency.
The team visiting for a week is here to conduct a Rapid Needs and Cost Assessment of Dominica’s healthcare systems as it relates to managing Zika.
On Monday, July 18th, staff of the Ministries of Health and Finance met with the team for tabletop exercises as part of the assessment.
There is a need for community-based disaster relief groups to be recognized as equally important as professional disaster relief organizations.
This is the message that Dr. Terrence O’Sullivan of the Center of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy Research of the University of Akron, Ohio is bringing to the region.
In a series of lectures organized by Barbados-based environment conscious company, Octopus Three, Dr. O’Sullivan is touring the region lecturing on resilient community-based disaster response.
Hon Prime Minister Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit has informed the Dominican populace of urgent interventions being made to enhance the safety of citizens in a number of locations across the country.
Rehabilitation works will take place along west, east and south east coasts and the Roseau Valley.
The Hon. Prime Minister was speaking at the contract signing ceremony for projects for the Roseau Valley Constituency room when he made the announcement on Tuesday, April 26th.
The Honourable Minister for Public Works and Ports, Senator Miriam Blanchard, gave a forecast of projects tendered to the tune of EC$7m to begin soon.
Senator Blanchard spoke at the ground breaking ceremony for the reconstruction of the West Bridge on Friday, 22nd April.
There, she revealed some 30 projects to commence after Erika hit Dominica with an over one billion dollar blow of infrastructural damage.
The Hon. Prime Minister Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit disclosed that contracts will soon be signed to begin infrastructural work following the damage caused by Tropical Storm Erika.
The Hon Prime Minister was speaking at the 21st inaugural meeting of the St. Joseph Village Council on Wednesday, March 6th.
The Prime Minister indicated that time had to be spent to ensure that designs for the work were well done “so that when we put down the infrastructure it’s going to be something that lasts and complements the bigger picture or projects we have to do in Dominica.”
The old library, an iconic building constructed in 1902 as a memorial to Queen Victoria, and which also served as an administrative office for the Agriculture Division, the Museum, the Magistrate’s Court and more recently the DBS Sales Office will be transformed into Dominica’s Post Erika Reconstruction Center.
A ceremony took place on the grounds of the building on Friday, April 1st, to officially launch the rehabilitation phase of the project.
The Dominica Vulnerability Reduction Project has made a large donationof ICT equipment to Government departments in the interest of disaster resilence and mitigation.
The Dominica Vulnerability Reduction Project was derived fromDominica's Low-Carbon Climate-Resilient Strategy and was officially launched in October 2014 and is being implemented by the Ministry of Health and Environment.
The Ministry of Health and Environment wishes to inform the general public of a laboratory confirmed case of Zika Virus infection in Dominica at this time.
The following is a statement from the Hon. Health Minister, Dr. Kenneth Darroux:
A preliminary report of findings on studies done on indirect peak discharge of Dominica’s rivers affected by Tropical Storm Erika was presented to the general public on Friday, March 4th.
Indirect peak discharge is the measurement that determines the height of the flow of water during flooding.
Following the event of August 27, 2015 the Government of Dominica contracted consultant Fred Ogden to do the analysis.
A US $84,500 project which started last February was handed over to the Dominica Association of Local Community Authorities on Friday, January 22nd.
DALCA’s project to mitigate the effects of disasters in Bagatelle and Fond Cole got funding from the Japanese Government through its Japan Grant Assistance for Grassroots Programme.
With those funds a building was retrofitted to serve as a hurricane shelter with wheelchair ramps for the physically challenged in Fond Cole.
A fire hydrant and a storm drain were also installed in that community.