Reinforced underground shelters or bunkers should be made mandatory when building homes in the British Virgin Islands.
Students from St George’s Secondary School (SGSS) made that suggestion while participating in the Education Ministry’s Recovery and Development Competition this week.
“We should make bunkers mandatory similarly to how cisterns are required,” they said.
The SGSS students further proposed that government implement a provisional incentive programme to get persons to comply.
Another recommendation from the young scholars was for government to rebuild schools and hurricane shelters with dome-shaped roofs to withstand higher wind forces.
“We should employ more inspectors to enforce and improve building practices,” they reasoned.
Their suggestions come more than five months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused severe damage to infrastructure across the territory.
Roughly 80 percent of homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed during last year’s hurricanes.
In the meantime, the Recovery and Development Competition was created to give senior secondary students an opportunity to contribute to the territory’s recovery.
Elmore Stoutt High School were champions in the competition.
A number of suggestions that were vocalised during the competition might be included in the final draft of the territory’s recovery plan, the government has said.