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Businesses to be trained in disaster recovery planning

The commercial district of Road Town months after the 2017 hurricanes.

Businesses in the British Virgin Islands are receiving assistance in how to develop contingency plans to prepare for devastating disasters that could impact their operations.

Local businesses will receive training at the one-day Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Symposium to be held on Tuesday (March 15) at The Moorings Conference Room on Wickhams Cay II.

The symposium is a joint venture between the BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association (BVICCHA) and the Department of Disaster Management (DDM).

A media release from the BVICCHA said the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency is also supporting the event.

“Participants will be guided through the design of a business contingency plan which will identify appropriate business continuity solutions. They will also get guidance on how to identify recovery objectives and an effective incident response structure,” the release said, adding that all businesses in the territory are invited.

Businesses must be ready for all scenarios

Meanwhile, BVICCHA Chairman, Louis Potter described contingency planning as important for local businesses. He said tomorrow’s symposium is designed to equip businesses with a step-by-step procedure to ‘prepare for, respond, and adapt to various types of events that can interrupt their businesses’.

“Businesses must be ready to deal with incidents that impact their operations,” Potter said.

DDM Director Sharleene DaBreo also underscored the importance of developing business contingency plans.

She said the September 2017 disasters are strong examples of why they are necessary.

“Contingency planning is a critical element of your disaster plan and it is important that your business continuity practices are tested regularly to ensure they are functional and fit for purpose,” she said.

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  1. Hotelier says:

    Who exactly does Mr Potters organization claim to represent?

  2. snafu says:

    The government should be trained in disaster recovery, not businesses! The government couldn’t organise an orgy in a brothel. On second thoughts, that’s probably the only thing they could do, albeit badly.

  3. Bystander says:

    Here’s a suggestion: don’t make a massive pile of combustible rubbish that is toxic when it burns and leave it lying about for 8 months where it might catch fire; poison your own and overseas populations, all when you’re trying to promote tourism and value added financial services. It puts customers and skilled foreign workers off.

  4. Albion says:

    So DDM is going to train people on how to prepare and deal with disasters… when their own building was completely destroyed? Best take some lessons themselves first.

  5. Slick says:

    train the govt please. They failed big league

  6. nick says:

    I think looting was the biggest problem just after the storm.what the solutions for that?.

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