The Office of Disaster Management began a two-day National after Action Review of the Events relating to the impact of Tropical Storm Erika on Wednesday December 16th, 2015.
The review will bring together key participants in the Erika emergency response to in order to improve future responses both within Dominica and the Caribbean.
This follows an initial discussion and review in September.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Johnson chaired the event. He stated that the objectives include: bringing together local and regional responders to discuss and reflect on the events surrounding the impact of the storm, improving links between local and regional emergency responders, identifying the strong and weak links in the response and developing recommendations for policymakers based on the lessons learned.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Helen Royer represented the Hon. Minister for Health, Dr. Kenneth Darroux.
“I am of the view that today’s workshop will provide stakeholders the opportunity to review Dominica’s preparedness, alerts, response and recovery from Tropical Storm Erika. As we continue the rebuilding process, findings will be critical to the process and influence key policy decisions,” she said.
She added that she was pleased by the attendance and support of regional friends.
Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Representative, Elizabeth Riley notes that the agency’s support to Dominica has been ongoing.
She notes that this review will help CDEMA to understand both what was done and what can be improved in their procedures.
During the two days she hopes to focus on the Health Sector After Action Review.
She commended both the Government of Dominica and CDEMA staff on island who worked tirelessly during the storm.
Dr. Godfrey Xuereb, who was representing Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean remarked that without collaboration, outside help for Dominica would not have been forthcoming to the extent which was witnessed in the past few months following the storm.