International Day for Disaster Reduction to be Celebrated in a Big Way on Nevis

By: Curtis Morton

Charlestown-Nevis—Director at the Nevis Disaster Management Department, Mr. Brian Dyer, on Thursday revealed that his office will be leading out in a series of activities to commemorate the international day for disaster reduction which will be observed on Tuesday 13th October.
This year’s theme is: ‘Knowledge for life’ and the goals expected to be achieved through the observance of the day are:
1. Raise awareness of the use of traditional, indigenous and local knowledge and practices, to complement scientific knowledge in disaster risk management;
2. Highlight approaches for engaging local communities and indigenous peoples in implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction;
On Nevis, the activities to celebrate IDDR 2015 will spread over one week to strengthen public education and awareness. The activities are as follows:
• Sunday 11th October Church Service at the Legacy International
• Monday 12th October –rest day
• Tuesday 13th October Panel Discussion on DRR
• Wednesday 14th October Open Day at EOC Building
• Thursday 15th October Open Day at EOC Building
• Friday 16h October Open Day at EOC Building
• Saturday 17th October Variety Concert NEPAC at 7.30 pm
Miss Tasha Parry who is a CERT (community emergency response team) member for the ST.John’s community, assured the general public that the concert will attract some top local acts, which would include, the federation’s calypso king, King Astro, the man Murray, who composed the disaster preparedness song; the seniors and there will also be models from within the various communities on the island who will be modeling aspects of disaster management.
She promised that the concert will not only be entertaining but also educational.
There is a cover charge of $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children

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