Disaster Preparedness Week 2019
On Sunday 15th September 2019, The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) will be launching its Disaster Preparedness Week 2019 under the theme “The Power of Preparedness”. A number of activities have been plan for the week; with a particularly focus on community outreach. Refer to attached flyer.
In the Turks and Caicos Islands, Disaster Preparedness Week is a national awareness initiative; recognized annually during the month of September. The event provides a platform to remind and encourage residents (and visitors) to better prepare themselves and their families for ALL HAZARDS that pose a threat to these islands.
According to UNEP 2005 Draft Mauritius Strategy for the further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States, the Caribbean Region is “located among the most vulnerable regions in the world in relation to the intensity and frequency of natural and environmental disasters and their increasing impact, and face disproportionately high economic, social and environmental consequences”. Like other Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the Turks and Caicos Islands are vulnerable to a number of natural and anthropogenic hazards including, but not limited to: -
- Tropical Cyclones (including winds, storm surge and wave action)
- Cruise ship/maritime accidents
- Oil and Hazardous material spills
- Aviation accidents
- Road transport accidents
- Environmental hazards
- Health and epidemic hazards
- Marine accidents
- Fire and explosion
- Utilities shortage; and
- Security threats.
The impacts of such hazards can cause great losses to people, property, environment and the economy for any country. Recent catastrophic disaster events in the Caribbean (such as Hurricane Irma and Maria in 2017 and Hurricane Dorian in 2019) are reminders of the need to be prepared regionally, nationally and at community levels.
The DDME is therefore committed to developing and maintaining a culture of Comprehensive Disaster Management among all sectors of the society within the Turks and Caicos Islands, and we are calling on you prepare with us! Knowing your risk, getting prepared, staying informed are just a few steps you can take to better prepare for emergencies. Join with us as we celebrate Disaster Preparedness Week 2019.