Prime Minister declared Comprehensive Disaster Management Champion

Thursday, February 27, 2014 6:03 PM - George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, February 27, 2014 – GIS: In a ceremony held earlier today under the auspices of the National Disaster Management Agency at the Grenada Red Cross building, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell was declared the Comprehensive Disaster Management Champion for Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

In accepting the championship, Prime Minister Mitchell said that he sees it as an “honor and a challenge that is bigger than himself.”

This was the tone of the Prime Minister’s message, as he touchingly regaled the audience with stories of his experiences under Hurricanes Janet, Ivan and Emily. He called for the entire nation to work together in disaster preparedness and mitigation, because, according to the Prime Minister “disaster is not dependent on politics; it affects everyone.”

In reminding everyone that he wholeheartedly embraces the challenge to build resilient communities and to ensure that he does all he can to preserve lives in the event of a disaster, irrelevant of politics, the Prime Minister made mention of government’s decision to not drastically change the leadership or staffing at the National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) when his administration assumed office a year ago.

As CDM Champion, he declared that he will do all he can to ensure that there are Comprehensive Disaster Management policies and strategies for every form of disaster, through all aspects of the disaster management cycle: prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery” and that it “involves all our sectors—public and private, with the understanding that survival is everyone’s business.”

In November 2013, in a vanguard move among regional states, the Grenada Government signed a declaration giving full support to Comprehensive Disaster Management across the region.




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