#Providenciales, July 30, 2018 – Turks and Caicos – Devastation caused by natural disasters in the Turks and Caicos Islands in past years, including the most recent impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017, has highlighted the critical need for the Turks and Caicos Islands to be able to rapidly and efficiently respond to emergency/disaster events.
In response to this need, the DDME will be conducting a series of two-day trainings in Shelter Management and Damage and Needs Assessment in Providenciales, Grand Turk, North Caicos and South Caicos during the month of August 2018. In addition to this, the DDME will also be supporting the TCI Red Cross as they seek to conduct Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training throughout the islands.
The Shelter Management course is a comprehensive programme which will include both classroom activities and simulation exercises. Participants will learn of the Shelter Manager’s role and responsibilities; how to setup the shelter, the importance of developing and maintaining a good Shelter Management team, the range of shelter activities that they are expected to participate in, the contents of a shelter and how to keep records and maintain the rules of the shelter.
In addition, participants will also receive some background information on the range of threats that would prompt the opening of a shelter, such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and fires displacing a large resident population. On completion of the training, it is anticipated that the capacity with regards to Shelter Management within the Turks and Caicos will be significantly enhanced. Trained persons will be able to operate an efficient shelter, where all persons can co-exist and receive the care and attention they are seeking.
Upon completion of the Damage and Needs Assessment Course, participants will be better able to rapidly and accurately assess the damage caused by a disaster as well as identify the needs for immediate assistance in relief and reconstruction. The objectives of damage and needs assessments are to determine:
- Nature and extent of a disaster;
- Damage and secondary threats;
- Needs of the population;
- Resource availability and local response capacity;
- Options for relief assistance, long-term recovery and development;
- Needs for international assistance.
The series of training is expected to draw persons from various agencies; governmental and non-governmental. Persons will be awarded with a certificate upon successful completion of the training and will be called upon as volunteers should their assistance be required in an emergency.
As part of the government’s coordinated effort to enhance emergency planning and strengthen the nation’s overall level of preparedness, the DDME will continue to employ every effort to enhance the capacity of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
See the training schedule below:
|ISLAND/VENUE||DAMAGE ASSESSMENT TRAININGS||SHELTER MANAGEMENT
(in collaboration with red cross)
|Providenciales – DDME Office||1 – 2 August 2018||13 – 14 August 2018||23 – 24 August 2018|
|Grand Turk/Salt Cay – DDME Office||9 – 10 August 2018||16 – 17 August 2018||09 – 10 August 2018|
|North/Middle Caicos – District Commissioner’s Office (North Caicos)||9 – 10 August 2018||20 – 21 August 2018||27 – 28 July 2018|
|South Caicos – District Commissioner’s Office||6 – 7 August 2018||23 – 24 August 2018||28 – 29 August 2018|