The Nevis Disaster Management Department is at a very exciting period in its development as we implement Comprehensive Disaster Management. A number of new initiatives have already started and more will commence during 2009/2010.
As part of our public awareness and education campaign, the Office launched this website and brochure.. We also launched a weekly radio program on Choice FM 105.3 and we also hope to launch a weekly TV and a monthly newsletter.
The Department is also promoting enhancing communication between Government and essential Non-Governmental agencies and the private sector..
As part of a NEMA initiative, the NDMO will be benefiting from an improved communication system by the installation of VHF, microwave transmitters and receivers, in addition to repeater systems.
The NDMD has held a number of workshops to sensitise agencies on various aspects of Disaster Management: Shelter Management and Initial Damage Assessment. Staff from the NDMD and other agencies has also attended Regional and International Conferences and Workshops.
A Disaster Management Workshop was held at the Nevis Red Cross Building, with the objective of revamping and updating the “Nevis Disaster Plan”, drafted in 1989. Additional workshops, seminars, courses, public awareness and education initiatives were also held.
The Nevis Disaster Management Department, is now operating from new offices courtesy of the US Southern Military Command (US Southcom). The building houses a warehouse, a training/conference room, a communications room, a library, an Emergency Operation Centre and administration offices, among others.
The Department currently has a staff of five (5), but will require additional personnel and other resources to effectively coordinate the Island’s Preparedness, Mitigation, Response and Recovery.
I trust that you continue to enjoy the website and find the information enclosed therein very useful and informative.
Lester Blackett Director NDMD & Site Manager
N.B. Other proposed activites for NDMD are detailed on a separate web page for your information.