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St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The director of the Nevis Disaster Management Department (NDMD) Brian Dyer says the first of a number of sub-projects under the St. Kitts and Nevis Human Resource Development Sector Project, has improved the island’s level of preparedness in the workplace.

Dyer made the comment in an interview with the Department of Information on June 23rd, on the heels of a recent two-day workshop for civil servants and shelter managers entitled Disaster Risk Mitigation Practices Project. It was held in collaboration with the local Red Cross branch and focused on First Aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and was funded by the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) programme.

Dyer said the workshop went well, with 15 participants on the first day for shelter managers and 20 civil servants on the second day. He said it has not only enhanced the level of preparedness in the work place but by extension, in the communities as well.

Red Cross instructor and health educator Nurse Roxanne Brookes led the first training session. She said the overall objective of the training session was to teach persons what they should do in case of emergencies until medical help arrives and takes over.

Dyer said a number of other initiatives are planned through to October under the BNTF-funded project. A second workshop for civil servants will target occupational health and safety.

Other projects include a School Emergency Response Team Training and a Multi-Media Campaign.

Dyer explained that the training targeting schools is intended to develop an emergency response team to strengthen school safety, however, the media campaign will assist with community awareness and education. It will entail a multi-hazard survival guide and tsunami evacuation plan, including maps and assessing the community’s readiness.

Dyer said a number of surveys will be conducted to assess the community’s readiness and signs displaying assembly points and evacuation routes in the event of a tsunami will be erected in strategic areas.



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