The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) has reported an increase in the number of local businesses requesting to have earthquake education sessions conducted at their places of business.
This follows the recent earthquakes that have been impacting neighbouring Puerto Rico and causing minor tremors in sections of the British Virgin Islands.
DDM’s Information & Education Manager, Chrystall Kanyuck-Abel, told BVI News on Monday that the recent tremors have prompted some business owners to pursue the educational sessions to ensure their businesses and homes are prepared in the event of a seismic disaster.
“We’ve definitely been getting an increase in the number of requests for information and the number of requests for presentations. We do offer safety presentations to the private sector when they request them and we’ve had a couple more requests for that. We’ve been making presentations in the community so far already,” Kanyuck-Abel said.
She also told our news centre that a number of schools across the territory have been undergoing similar exercises through an initiative set out by the Ministry of Education.
“The Ministry of Education has been encouraging all of the schools and the early-education centres to tests their plans. We’ve heard from the Permanent Secretary that almost all the schools carried out emergency drills last week,” she added.
Persons are encouraged to download DDM’s mobile application to receive the latest information relating to natural disasters affecting the territory.
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