The St Michael Parish Independence Committee (PIC) is continuing to sensitize residents to the importance of adequately preparing for potentially dangerous natural events such as hurricanes, severe flooding, earthquakes and tsunamis, and the appropriate responses in the aftermath of such disasters.
The Committee’s parish project is entitled Project S.O.S – Saving Our Selves and aims to help the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) disseminate information on disaster preparedness and response within St. Michael, create a Disaster Preparedness Badge with and for the Barbados Boy Scouts Association (BBSA) and partner with a District Emergency Organization(DEO) to execute a number of traditional disaster risk reduction activities within a particular constituency.
The St Michael PIC along with members of Barbados Boy Scouts Association and the St Michael South Central District Emergency Organization (DEO) conducted a disaster preparedness community walk-Through in the Brittons Hill district on last Saturday.
Residents were asked to indicate any possible challenges they may face in the event of a natural disaster and to point out the elderly and differently abled persons living in the area. This information was gathered and will be handed over to the relevant authorities. Appropriate paraphernalia from the DEM was disseminated.
The residents were also informed of their nearest hurricane/emergency shelters and asked to follow all disaster awareness updates from the Government Information Service (GIS) and the Department of Emergency Management (DEM). They were also encouraged to be volunteers with their DEO.
The St Michael Parish Independence Committee, along with the Barbados Boy Scouts Association and the National Scout and Venture Scout Committees, has developed Disaster Preparedness Badges for the Scouts and Venture Scouts and hopefully, the boys will qualify for this badge by October 2018.
Chairman of the St. Michael South Central DEO Mr Barton Green endorses the project and has agreed to work alongside the Barbados Boy Scouts to help them earn the Disaster Preparedness Badges. (PR)