Posted On: Tuesday, 29 May 2012 Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 May 2012
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Basseterre, St. Kitts, (Tuesday 29th May, 2012)-With just days before the official start of the 2012 hurricane season in St. Kitts and Nevis, the country’s National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has organized a broad-based community consultation in one of the most vulnerable districts of St. Kitts.
The meeting is being hosted as part of an on-going project termed, the “Community Disaster Risk Management Benchmarking Tool Project (BTool Project)”.
It is the second of its kind to be staged in Half Way Tree, which in 2011 became the beneficiary of a funded program, made possible by the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), and Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
In an interview with MiyVue.com, District Coordinator at the National Emergency Management Agency, Mrs. Telca Wallace, indicated that the project is a pilot one by the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and seeks to strengthen institutional capacity in community based disaster risk management, while also enhancing community based resilience to natural disasters, in vulnerable communities.
She also mentioned that the Half Way Community on St. Kitts was chosen for this pilot project because it poses the highest level of vulnerability to natural disasters in the federation and she added that the community can be susceptible to storm surges, flooding and brush fires. The consultation therefore serves as an avenue to educate the community about the hazards and techniques to implement measures to help reduce the effects of the hazards to residents in the area.
The first phase of the consultation saw a very positive response from the community in terms of the turnout of volunteers and stake holders. Upon completion of the program a 10 minute CD, with the measures to be implanted, will be developed.
All NEMA District Volunteers, Red Cross Volunteers and Residents of Half Way Tree have been invited to the Community Consultation, to be held at the newly renovated Half Way Tree Community Centre, on Thursday, 31st May from 7:00 pm.
It was back in May 2010, that the OECS through its Environment and Sustainable Development Unit (ESDU) launched a Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management Project in the OECS Countries.
The project is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).