PRESS RELEASE – Caribbean Central American Action (CCAA) is pleased to announce that the next installment of the Disaster Management Workshop Series (DMWS) will take place on September 3, 2015, in Tortola, British Virgin Islands (BVI).

Under the banner of “Ensuring a Resilient Economy through Partnership in Disaster Recovery”, the BVI workshop will be hosted in collaboration with the The Government of The Virgin Islands, the Department of Disaster Management of the Virgin Islands, the BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association (BVICCHA), Rotary Clubs of the British Virgin Islands, and H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, together with longstanding series partner, Tropical Shipping. The program will feature leaders from government and the private sector, and will be structured around presentations and collaborative discussions geared towards supporting existing public-private collaboration in disaster recovery, and providing information on new tools and strategies that foster this collaboration.

Sally Yearwood, Executive Director of CCAA, reflected on the success of this Workshop series and the importance of ongoing engagement: “As a region, we are acutely aware of the vulnerability of our environments and economies to natural and man-made disasters. Sharing knowledge and experience is an essential part of the preparation, mitigation, and recovery process.” She added that “our collaboration in July with the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Barbados Department of Emergency Management at the exceptional workshop in Bridgetown, highlighted the great work that is being done by institutions and associations across the region. CCAA values these partnerships, and importantly, we see the DMWS as a tangible demonstration of our commitment to providing support when called upon. We are delighted to be taking this energy into The Virgin Islands.” (Note: for additional information on the Barbados event, as well as a document on some of the work being done in Barbados, click here.)

The DMWS has been a flagship program of CCAA for the past decade. It brings government and the private sector together with disaster resilience professionals to discuss the importance of partnerships in the recovery planning process and to support the incorporation of disaster planning into daily operations. The event includes the signing of an inter-organizational Statement of Purpose to provide ongoing collaboration and support.

The event will take place from 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Maria’s by the Sea Hotel and Conference Center, Road Town, Tortola.

If you have any questions or are interested in attending please contact Sally Yearwood (syearwood@c-caa.org) at CCAA, Leroy Moses (lmoses@tropical.com) at Tropical Shipping, or Sharleen Dabreo at (sdabreo@surfbvi.com) at the Department of Disaster Management.

###