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CDERA. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency. Managing Disasters with Preparedness. Development of a Shelter Management Programme in the British Virgin Islands. Managing Disasters with Preparedness. Shelter Programme Development in the BVI.

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CDERA

The Caribbean Disaster

Emergency Response Agency

Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Development of a Shelter Management Programme in the British Virgin Islands


Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Shelter Programme Development in the BVI

  • Concentrated period of programme development within the last 10 years

  • Programme development stimulated and influenced by actions in the region

  • Development started with campaign to obtain support from the community


Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Shelter Programme Development in the BVI

  • Support solicited for equipping shelters

  • Identification of shelter needs through a shelter survey

  • Establishment of a national shelter committee


Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Shelter Programme Development in the BVI

  • Committee to oversee shelter activities with a mandate to:

    • Develop a policy

    • Assess shelters in use

    • Categorise shelters


Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Shelter Programme Development in the BVI

1992 - Training of shelter mangers began

Recommendations from initial training activity regarding shelter programme needs

Formal establishment of National Shelter Committee as part of the NEAC


Managing Disasters with Preparedness

National Shelter Committee

  • Responsibilities Assigned

  • Upgrading Shelters

  • Shelter selection, maintenance and management

  • Develop Shelter policy and manual

  • Training programme

  • Shelter Retrofit programme


Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Activities with the Programme

  • Shelter Retrofit Project

  • Communications

  • Manual and Policy

  • Marking of Shelters

  • Training

  • Shelter Supplies Project

  • Restructuring of Community Emergency Organisations


Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Major Issues and Challenges

  • Addressing Mitigation Issues

  • Implementation in outer islands

  • Legal implications re shelter occupancy

  • Authority of shelter mangers

  • Special Populations e.g disabled and elderly

  • Health and sanitation

  • Monitoring and Evaluation


Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Categories of Shelters

  • Secured Shelter

  • Structurally sound with cooking, sanitary and sleeping facilities and is located in low hazard zone – Category A

  • Temporary Shelter

  • Structurally sound with no cooking or sanitary facilities/ Temporarily erected with makeshift facilities

  • Structurally sound building at risk to hazards such as storm surges and other localised hazards – Category B


Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Shelter Management Structure

National Emergency Advisory Council

(NEAC)

National Welfare and Relief Distribution Sub-Committee

Office of Disaster Preparedness (ODP) Governor’s Office


Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Shelter Management Structure

Zonal Committee

Zonal Shelter Management Committee

Shelter Manager

Shelter Management Teams


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