Public, private sectors discuss disaster management

The workshop brought together regional and local collaborating partners including NEMO.

Tropical Shipping held a disaster management workshop yesterday, to discuss enhancing disaster response in the region.

The workshop brought together several regional and local collaborating partners including the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), under the theme “Building Community Resiliency through Strategic Private-Public Partnerships.”

Tropical Shipping is signatory to a Memorandum of Understanding with the Caribbean Disaster Management Agency (CDEMA). The two have collaborated informally in disaster response for ensuring the transportation of relief supplies to affected countries.

Tropical Shipping CEO, Rick Murrel, said the disaster management workshop series spans over two decades. The idea came after witnessing the destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Hugo.

“The most important thing for me is to build the resilience of Saint Lucia to be able to recover quickly from any kind of disaster, whether natural or man-made,” he said. “The original concept really was born after seeing the destruction, the heartbreak, and the terrible suffering of the people of St. Croix after Hurricane Hugo. I realized that people were not really prepared for a super catastrophe, and that’s what really brought me to the recognition that both the public and private sector need to work together in order to overcome any kind of major disaster.”

Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour, Hon. Stephenson King who participated in the workshop, lauded the organizers for their efforts, and cited the importance of having a proactive approach to disaster preparedness and management.

The workshop was held on May 4 and covered a variety of topics, such as the economic impact of disasters, and preparing for the unthinkable.

Tropical Shipping is headquartered in Palm Beach County, Florida.