LONG POINT – NEVIS, NDMD [5th DECEMBER 2023] – The Nevis Disaster Management Department (NDMD) has officially commenced its Annual Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training, from Monday, 4th to Friday, 8th of December. The program kicked off with an intensive Disaster Management Course, facilitated by seasoned experts from the Disaster Management Staff.
The Deputy Director, Jack Ngumbah, welcomed participants with an impassioned speech, highlighting the significance of the training in fortifying Nevis against the challenges posed by disasters. “Our annual CERT training is a cornerstone of our disaster preparedness strategy,” said Ngumbah, emphasizing the collaborative effort required to build a resilient community capable of overcoming adversity.
Key Training Objectives:
- Develop a comprehensive understanding of common disaster management terms.
- Identify key areas and components of disaster management.
- Define disaster management concepts.
- Discuss CERT functions, volunteer roles, and integration into the community emergency preparedness structures.
- Recognize types of hazards affecting communities and understand their potential impact.
- Prepare individuals and families for potential disasters, including creating family disaster plans and emergency preparedness kits.
- Gain awareness of climate change implications.
The training aims to create a network of immediate responders capable of providing crucial assistance until professional help arrives. Ngumbah expressed his pleasure in announcing that the training will be facilitated by experts from the Nevis Disaster Management Staff, the SKN Fire & Rescue Service, the Nevis Red Cross, and other esteemed organizations, ensuring participants benefit from a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Keijela Nanton, the Office Manager at NDMD, presented the course introduction and ground rules. Whitney Glasford, Community Liaison Officer, delved into the disaster management structure, cycle, and CERT organization chart. Shinell Hobson, another Community Liaison Officer, focused on sheltering. Zakiya Daniel, technical officer, focused on Community Preparedness, while Ian Fraser covered radio assembly, radio alphabet, and essential radio techniques. The session concluded with Ms. Zoe Bendeito’s insights into climate change.
The Deputy Director closed his remarks with warm wishes for a fruitful and enriching training experience. “May the knowledge gained here serve as a beacon of preparedness in your communities, fostering a culture of resilience and unity,” Ngumbah concluded.