Thursday, June 24 –Representatives from the Governor’s Office and the UK Naval Vessel HMS Manchester met with the Director and staff of the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) on Monday 21st June
The visitors were given a tour of the DDM’s facilities and an extensive overview of the Territory’s emergency communications and Early Warning Systems. The Commander and his crew expressed their admiration for the extensive investment made by the Government of the Virgin Islands in emergency communications resources. In keeping with the meeting agenda, the representatives from HMS Manchester presented a description of their capabilities and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the provision of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance to British Overseas Territories.
The meeting was followed by a reconnaissance flyover on Tuesday to examine vulnerable areas throughout the Virgin Islands. DDM’s Deputy Director, Mr. Zebalon McLean, Planning and Preparedness Manager, Ms. Sheniah Armstrong and Mr. Jose DeCastro, Deputy Director, Public Works Department joined LT. CDR Underwood, and flight pilot LT. Luke Edwards of the HMS Manchester. Aerial footage was captured to be used as data for planning, development and disaster management purposes. The meeting was mutually beneficial to the DDM and the HMS Manchester and key information such as maps of critical infrastructure and vulnerable sites were shared.
To learn more about the Department of Disaster Management and its functions, call the main office at 468-4200, or visit the office at #3 Wailing Road, McNamara, Road Town. Detailed information can also be accessed via the Department’s website at www.bviddm.com.