The annual meeting of the National Disaster Management Council (NDMC) took on added significance this year with the signing of Memoranda of Understandings (MOUs) with the British Virgin Islands Airports Authority (BVIAA) and the Insurance Association of the British Virgin Islands (IABVI).
Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE is extending congratulations to the Department of Disaster Management for leading the BVI on the journey to become the first Territory in the Caribbean to be granted international accreditation from the Emergency Management Accreditation Programme (EMAP).
Over 4,200 persons from the public and private sector participated in this year’s national tsunami exercise, Caribe Wave Lantex 15.
This year’s scenario was based on a magnitude 8.5 earthquake occurring north of Panama. The exercise commenced at 10:05 am on March 25 and concluded just after midday with participation of persons on Anegda, Jost Van Dyke, Tortola and Virgin Gorda. The exercise was designed to allow for testing of the national emergency broadcast and alert system and to evaluate the newly revised tsunami protocols which provide guidance to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force and the Department of Disaster Management in handling response operations for this type of hazard impact.
The British Virgin Islands will join several other countries and territories in testing their tsunami readiness during the simulation exercise, Caribe Wave/Lantex 2015, scheduled for Wednesday, March 25.
The Department of Disaster Management is informing the public that the National Siren System and National Emergency Broadcast System will be tested today, Friday, 23rd January at 2:00 pm. The test is carried out on the fourth Friday of every month.
By the end of this week, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) will know whether its National Disaster Management Programme (NDMP), led by the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), has met the required standards and can be considered for accreditation from the United States based Emergency Management Accreditation Programme (EMAP).