The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) stands poised to complete regional Disaster Risk Management (DRM) training in the four remaining regions after having completed the first of these sessions in Region Eight on Sunday.
Eighteen persons were trained as Shelter Managers; 18 persons were trained in Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis and 21 persons were trained as Emergency Operations Centre Managers, when the CDC training team travelled to Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) for the one-week session which was held from June 16-23, the Commission said in a press release.
The sessions were facilitated by instructors from the Commission and its Volunteer Corps including Major Kester R. Craig, Captain Sean F. Welcome, Captain Althea Daniels-Stuart and Warrant Officer Class One (rtd) Carlton Semple.
CDC Director General Colonel (rtd) Chabilall Ramsarup, MSM, presented an Emergency Operations Box to Region Eight Chairman Mark Crawford at the close of the session. The box contains copies of the national and regional maps, emergency operation states, along with other resources needed for the quick setting up of a functional Regional Emergency Operations Centre (REOC) should the need arise.
Similar workshops will be held in Region Nine (Upper Takutu/Upper Essequibo) from July 6-14. Training will also be conducted in regions Two and Five to complete the regional DRM exercise by August.
According to the press release, from July to December 2012 the CDC conducted DRM training with representatives from six of the ten administrative regions. Representatives from regions One, Three, Four, Six, Seven and 10; a total of 412 persons, benefited from training in Shelters and Shelter Management, Damage
Assessment and Needs Analysis (DANA), and Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) Management.