The Department of Emergency Management (DEM) will tomorrow equip 50 public officers with “the tools for functioning as liaison officers responsible for emergency management in their various government departments”.



A workshop on emergency planning will be hosted by DEM for them at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, beginning at 9 a.m. with registration slated for 8:30 a.m. The goal is to guide civil servants through the process of developing an emergency management plan for a government ministry, department or agency.



They will benefit from discussions on the national emergency management system, the role and responsibilities of liaison officers in the public service, the emergency management process and the outlining of an emergency management plan.



“Provision is made in the Emergency Management Act, 2006 for each agency to designate a liaison officer who will be responsible for emergency management at the agency level,” said DEM Director Judy Thomas.



“It is therefore necessary for such persons to be given the tools to carry out their functions,” she added.



This workshop will also feature luncheon presentations by Director of the Barbados Meteorological Services, Chester Layne, on the characteristics of hurricanes and the early warning system, and by Ms. Thomas on the national hurricane preparedness arrangements.

She described the one-day workshop as “one of the first steps in ensuring that the public service is in a state of readiness for the upcoming 2009 hurricane season”.

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