Providenciales, 19 Feb 2016 – The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) in collaboration with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) will be hosting an Exercise Design Training Workshop from Monday 22nd February – Friday 26th February 2016, at the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies Office, Customs Complex 1316 Providenciales, beginning at 8:30am to 5:00pm daily.
The main goal of the Exercise Design Training Workshop is to introduce participants to a standardized approach to Exercise Planning, conducting and evaluating of the various types of simulation exercises and drills.
Specifically, the workshop objectives are:
To enhance the capacity of Participants to function in the roles of Simulators, Controllers and Evaluators
To strengthen the capacity of participants to conduct Briefings and De-Briefing before, during and after an exercise
To improve the ability of Participants to develop, conduct and evaluate simulation exercises
This Exercise Design Training Workshop is another activity used by CDEMA to provide its eighteen (18) Participating States with a standardized approach to achieving national objectives. According to Dr. Virginia Clerveaux, Director of DDME, “This training is timely given the recent passage of the Disaster Bill 2015, which requires the regular testing of plans, procedures and protocols. Additionally, this training will provide key stakeholders with the requisite skills and knowledge to undertake various types of exercises to ensure that the various plans in-house are current and applicable to the local context.”
CDEMA has embarked on a “Standardization” approach in all its training, planning and operations which serves to maximize the regions’ small resources and enhance the Regional Response Mechanism. This would allow technical personnel from different Caribbean States to be deployed across the region and provide operational response support in times of disaster. Therefore, participants attending this training will be Operational level personnel and Heads of Department from the following agencies; TCIAA, RTCIPF, DDME, TSART, Fire and Rescue, Ministry of Health and District Commissioners, who are involved in the planning, execution and evaluation of simulation exercises designed to test the operational effectiveness of the Turks and Caicos Islands Emergency Management Plans and Procedures.
At the end of this training, the Turks and Caicos Islands will have a team of exercise planners who will be able to effectively develop, execute and evaluate exercises to test the various disaster plans and procedures in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The facilitator for this training will be General Earl Arthurs (Caribbean Disaster Management Specialist).