|The Chairman of the
Nevis Disaster Management Committee,
The Honourable Premier, Mr. Joseph Parry
|Welcome remarks and his messages to the people of
Nevis on Disaster Management will be posted here
During a brief ceremony on Tuesday July 12 at the Red Cross Building in Charlestown, Premier and Chairman of Nevis Disaster Management Committee, Mr. Vance
Amory clicked the mouse to officially launch the Nevis Disaster Management Office Website and Brochure.
“Ladies and gentlemen,” said Premier Amory with a smile. “I’m gonna click this button right, but I want us to bear in mind always that we are so vulnerable to
storms that all of us must do what we have to do to mitigate it and this website is important. Thank you very much. I now launch this website by clicking this
He also gave the feature address where he reiterated the call for one to be prepared and to get as much knowledge as possible about hurricanes and natural disasters.
He said, “The knowledge which you will find there should enable you, who are users of the internet to have that knowledge which you can use to enable you to
prepare in your own division, personally and where you are in charge of a department or a private sector organization to become more aware of the information on
natural disasters, primarily hurricanes with which we are dealing with at this time.”
Premier Amory pointed out that the information received from the website would enable the government, through the Nevis Disaster Management Office, to be more
adequately prepared and to be more aware of what ought to be done were the island to be struck by a hurricane.
“I think we have had recent experiences and we know the level of dislocation which could be caused and it is my belief that with the knowledge which will appear on
this website that we could be more adequately able to mitigate against disaster which might affect Nevis.”
According to the Premier, the behaviour of hurricane/storm and the characteristic is very volatile and that it can change from hour to hour, from day to day. He
observed, “Even though we might feel that a storm may not (at the last advisory affect us) there is nothing like having current information to determine what in fact
is happening at the present moment.”
He expressed that it was his Cabinet’s intention to increase the allocation of the office of the Disaster Management and added, “I believe that that department has a
very critical role to play as we have seen in the last couple of months, the effects of flash floods, as we have seen in years gone by the effects of hurricanes and
other flash floods and storms that the department has to respond very quickly.
“It is my belief that we can strengthen the ability of that office to respond if we can supply that office with some dedicated tools and equipment which could be used
to respond and to prepare because I believe in the preparation it would help to reduce the impact of flash floods, the impact of hurricanes provided we can put things
into place in a timely manner,” he commented.
The website provides a vast collection of information such as the entire Nevis Disaster Plan which can be downloaded in sections, activities, bulletins, news items,
weather forecasts, storm advisories, hazards and hazard tips/advisories, photo albums, databases, workshops/conferences, agencies, budget address for 2005, links
to CEDRA, PAHO etc and soon to come a Chairman’s corner which will feature remarks by the Premier.
Remarks by Hon. Vance Amory on the launching of the NDMO newsletter during the "Disaster Awareness Week" 1 - 8 October 2005
We are inaugurating this Newsletter (NDMO newsletter), to create a greater awareness among our people in terms of planning and response to Disaster. The Nevis
Island Administration in collaboration with the Nevis Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and other organizations and groups have put in place such action plans to
protect property and life.
It is important that all of us use the information provided, to adequately equip ourselves to mitigate and prevent any occurrence of disaster whether manmade (fires,
accidents etc.) or from natural causes (floods, earthquakes, hurricanes) which can cause aggravated damage and trauma to persons in our communities.
It is my belief that it is the responsibility of every person (as far as he or she is capable), to be prepared to take necessary action if a disaster occurs. It is important
that we also seek at all times, to act reasonably and in accordance with the law and to ensure that no action on our part creates disaster, example;
* The Blocking of ghauts and waterways
* Indiscriminate disposal/dumping of waste material
* The unreasonable location of roads and buildings
The Nevis Island Administration has put in place legislation to guide and direct such activities, but I call upon all our people to be fully aware of what we can do to be
part of this awareness programme.
|PREVIOUS CHAIRMAN'S REMARKS & more
Quote from an Address delivered by Premier of Nevis, Hon. Joseph Parry on Nevis Television Ch 8
August 10, 2006.
"As we go though the Hurricane Season, may you be assured that there is a very strong Disaster Preparedness Programme in place. However, we do
seek God's protection and blessing that once again we are spared of any major visit or damage during this hurricane season."
NDMC holds its first meeting for 2006
25th August 2006
Nevis Disaster Management Committee (NDMC) last Friday held its first committee meeting for 2006 when Premier and Chairman the Hon Mr. Joseph Parry
addressed the Executive Body at the Red Cross Building in Charlestown.
Premier Parry expressed his gratitude to bring brief remarks at his first meeting and observed that although he was chairman of the committee, he would not be in a
position to attend all the meetings. He gave the assurance that the Director of the Management Office, Mr. Lester Blackett was capable of being in charge in his
“I do hope that the people of Nevis would not think that because this first meeting as recorded is the first meeting for the year, it is an indication of lack
of preparedness,” said Mr. Parry who quickly noted, “The hurricane season started since June and this is August … but let me assure you that I am
satisfied that Mr. Blackett was ready before this meeting and ready for the hurricane season.”
“We all are aware that the greatest threat of disaster comes during the hurricane season and is the threat from hurricanes and the effects of hurricanes
… when you leave and you continue to work, you’ll be even more ready so that in case we have any occurrence of a hurricane or anything similar to that
we will be very well prepared,” said Mr. Parry.
He noted that his presence at the meeting was a demonstration of his interest in disaster preparedness and that he was as interested in everything else that goes on in
Nevis. He thanked the committee members for their presence and for their patience and called upon them to have a good and positive meeting.
The meeting was called to update the various stakeholders on the status of readiness for the eventuality of any disaster, especially a hurricane.
The Nevis Disaster Management Office is currently undertaking a number of activities to ensure that the island of Nevis and the relevant persons are prepared and
ready to respond to any disaster or accident. Mr. Blackett gave an update on one of the apparatus used to prepare relevant information.
The apparatus, the Website (www.geocities.com/odpnevis) provides a vast collection of information such as the entire Nevis Disaster Plan which can be downloaded
in sections, activities, bulletins, news items, weather forecasts, storm advisories, hazards and hazard tips/advisories, photo albums, databases,
workshops/conferences, agencies, budget etc.
The various government agencies who participated in the meeting included Public Works Department, Health, Agriculture Department, Police, Fire and Rescue and
Utility Companies such as NEVLEC and Cable and Wireless.