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Proactive Resilience for 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season says Turks & Caicos DDME

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#TurksandCaicos, June 7, 2024 – Saturday, June 1, 2024, marked the beginning of the Atlantic Hurricane Season which will end on 30 November. It was quite appropriate for the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) and its partners to seeks God’s protection for a safe Hurricane Season.  The team joined with Pastor Juan Montano and members of the Ephesus Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Long Bay, Providenciales for worship.

Ms. Allison Gordon, Director, DDME brought Remarks and Mrs. Patrina Pollard Harris, Training Officer, shared the Scripture Reading.  Other partners in attendance were Dr. Holly Hamilton, Director of Meteorology, TCI Airport Authority and Ms. Charlene Higgs, Director – Health, Disaster Education and Training.

Pastor Montano commended Team DDME for its family emergency management plan which provided step-by-step procedures on how to prepare.  He spoke on the topic “Preparation and God’s People”.  His key text came from St. Matthew 7:24-25 which addressed one’s attitude towards preparation: a wise man who built his house upon a rock.  This house did not fall when the winds blew because it was built on a rock.  He emphasised that we must be prepared to help our neighbours.  He reinforced the Church’s commitment to provide support to the work of the DDME. He stressed that it is wise for one to prepare for a storm or any adverse event; but most importantly, one must prepare for the coming of Christ.

The DDME’s theme for the 2024 Hurricane season is: “Proactive Resilience:  Thriving through the Hurricane Season with Preparation and Vigilance”.

This theme aligns with the forecast of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is the main governing body that issues watches and warnings for much of the Atlantic Basin.  NOAA has stated that the stage is set for what could be the most active Atlantic hurricane season in recorded history.  The official forecast called for 17-25 total named storms, 8-13 hurricanes, and 4-7 major hurricanes.  It is, therefore, imperative for the people of the Turks and Caicos islands to continue to foster the mindset and culture of Proactive Resilience.  In order to survive and thrive through this Hurricane Season, the public is encouraged to be prepared and be vigilant.

Here are a few preparedness tips:

  • Have a family emergency plan and ensure that all members of your family are aware of the details of this plan.
  • Remember that your home is your primary shelter.  Reinforce it and secure it well.  However, if your home is vulnerable, you must know where the nearest emergency shelter is and the safest route to get there.  Make sure you take at least three (3) days’ supply of food and water with you to the shelter.
  • Trim trees that threaten buildings.
  • Have your “Grab and Go Kit” ready.  This should include, but not limited to, items such as non-perishable food, clothing, medication, flashlight, water, important documents and your child’s favourite toy.
  • Ensure property insurance is up-to-date.  If your property is not insured, now is the best time to get it done.
  • Download the DDME Alert App by either scanning the QR Code to be found on DDME Printed literature or from your Google Play or Apple Store.  Also get the latest weather updates from the TCIAA National Weather Service Facebook page facebook.com/tcinws

 UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Thursday, June 6     –           Press Conference, Providenciales
  • Tuesday, June 11    –           State of Preparedness Meeting, Providenciales
  • Thursday, June 13   –           Volunteer Stakeholders Conference, Providenciales
  • Friday, June 28        –           Hurricane Preparedness Expo, Downtown, Providenciales

Disaster Resilience everybody’s business and requires the collaborate efforts of Government, Non-government, Private Sectors, ALL.

We pray for a safe hurricane season.  Despite the forecast, it only takes one storm, so Be Proactive!  Be Prepared! Be Vigilant!

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Tim and Henry to the Rescue: A Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Highlights Need for Marine Vessel in Grand Turk

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#TurksandCaicos, July 12, 2024 – At approximately 2:45 pm on July 12th, a 911 emergency call came in from the police department in Grand Turk, informing Ed Forbes of a distressing situation. Four young adult tourists had gone out on paddle boards off Cork Tree Beach in Grand Turk, when one of them fell off the board and could not get back on. Evidently, they underestimated the wind speed and their own brute strength.

Ed Forbes, co-owner of Exclusive Escapes Grand Turk, played a pivotal role in coordinating the rescue. Responding swiftly to the emergency call, he immediately reached out to the local search and rescue team. His prompt actions and calm demeanor were instrumental in mobilizing the necessary resources.

Within 20 minutes or so, Tim from Emerald Escapes, along with Henry and Kindry from Blue Water Divers, were on the scene. Their experience and swift response were crucial in ensuring the safety of the stranded paddleboarders. Working seamlessly together, they managed to locate and rescue all four individuals without any need for medical attention.

However, this incident also underscores a critical issue that has long plagued Grand Turk: the need for a dedicated marine vessel for search and rescue operations and cruise passengers incidents. Despite numerous promises made to concerned citizens over the years, this vital resource remains unavailable.

The swift response of Tim, Henry, and Kingdry highlights the community’s resilience and dedication, but it also brings to light the gaps in emergency preparedness that could be addressed with better equipment and support.

A dedicated marine vessel would significantly enhance the efficiency and safety of rescue operations, ensuring that responses to such emergencies are even more effective.

Ed Forbes
Concerned Citizen

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Invest TCI Opens New Office in Grand Turk

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – July 11th, 2024—Invest Turks and Caicos Islands (Invest TCI) proudly announces the launch of its new office in Grand Turk, located at the Digicel Building on Old Airport Road. The grand opening of the new location occurred on Friday, July 5th, 2024, under the theme “Empowering Enterprises in the Capital.”

The establishment of the new office marks a significant milestone in Invest TCI’s growth strategy. The primary objective of the expansion is to provide enhanced services and support to the business community in Grand Turk. By increasing operational capacity, Invest TCI aims to facilitate sustained growth and success for enterprises within the country.  Beyond economic advancement, this initiative is set to yield substantial community benefits, including the creation of employment opportunities.

The grand opening ceremony attracted a diverse range of attendees, including recipients of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) programme, members of the business community, government officials, and Invest TCI staff. The event was moderated by Mr. Keno Forbes, Vice President of Investor Services. Special remarks were delivered by the Premier, Hon. Charles Washington Misick, who congratulated the InvestTCI team on their hard work and encouraged the community to take advantage of the benefits offered by the new office. He reiterated the government’s commitment to creating a supportive environment for businesses in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Additional remarks were provided by Invest TCI Chairperson, Ms. Cindy Ewing; Business Advisor, Ms. Lashena Simmons; Director of the Business Support Unit, Mrs. Anissa Adderley; and Vice President of SME, Ms. Alexa Cooper. Their contributions highlighted the collaborative effort and dedication that have driven the success of Invest TCI initiatives.

Expressing her enthusiasm for the new office, Invest TCI CEO, Mrs. Angela Musgrove, stated, “Our vision is clear and compelling: to further empower Invest Turks and Caicos Islands, the agency offers incentives and support that enable more efficient and innovative practices. We are committed to helping businesses thrive, and in doing so, we are helping our entire community.”

Invest TCI recognizes the integral role that Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises play in the economic and social development of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Through its Business Support Unit, the agency provides comprehensive support services to startups and existing entrepreneurs, ensuring they have the tools and resources to succeed.

The grand opening of the new office in Grand Turk represents a significant step forward in Invest TCI’s mission to support and empower businesses across the islands. The agency looks forward to fostering economic growth and development and ensuring a prosperous future for all.

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LAST AMERICAN TOURIST SENTENCED TO A FINE OF $1500.00 OR SIX MONTHS IMPRISONMENT IN DEFAULT, SHE’S ALSO SENTENCED TO 23 WEEKS IMPRISONMENT SUSPENDED FOR ONE YEAR

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(Thursday, July 11th, 2024) Turk and Caicos Islands – The last of five American tourists arrested in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) for being in unlawful possession of  ammunition could finally leave the TCI today, Thursday, July 11th, 2024.

Sharitta Grier 46 pleaded guilty on 25th June to having two rounds of.38 ammunition in her bags, at the Howard Hamilton International Airport in Providenciales on Monday 13th May, 2024, when leaving the Turks and Caicos Islands after a surprised Mother’s Day vacation trip, from her daughters.

Her Ladyship The Hon. Ms. Tanya Lobban-Jackson agreed with senior defense counsel, Ms. Sheena Mair of F-Chambers that there are exceptional circumstancés in Grier’s case, by this, the court departed from the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment and ordered a lighter sentence of $1500.00 or Six months imprisonment if fine is not paid. She’s also sentenced to 23 weeks imprisonment suspended for one year.

Holding for the office of the Director of Public Prosecution via link was Dr. Angela Terry Brooks, deputy director of the DPP’S office.

The prosecution office did oppose exceptional circumstances and invited the court to impose the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment.

A more detailed court report will follow.

Wilkie Arthur
Court Correspondent
Eagle Legal News Media

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