Caribbean Disaster Coordinators Meet

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The 40 Caribbean disaster management focal points from the English, Dutch, French and Spanish speaking Islands States who met in Tortola, BVI in May represented a vast wealth of expertise and experience. Many of these countries had to deal with hurricanes and floods over the past year and one of the goals of this Coordinators’ Meeting was to exchange these experiences and learn from one another. Some of the issues that arose included unwanted donations and how to deal with the possibility of a large number of corpses on small islands with very limited forensic expertise. The Minister of Health and Welfare of BVI, the Hon. Ronnie Skelton, opened the meeting stressing the importance of preparedness but also stating, “it is within disaster events that the best in us is revealed. We can find strengths that we did not even expect.” The Government of the British Virgin Islands, Disaster Management Office hosted the meeting. For more information write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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