Disaster managers expect more hurricanes this season

POSTED: 04/28/11 11:59 AM

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Disaster Section head Paul Martens said disaster management officials who attended the National Hurricane Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, expect an above average hurricane season.

Martens said the conference is a platform for networking that allowed the Sint Maarten delegation to interact with colleagues from around the region and the USA.

“Sint Maarten has become an example for the region in the field of disaster management and mitigation over the years,” Martens told the Department of Communications yesterday.

Fire Chief Winston Salomon also attended the conference.

Martens said that next year the Tropical Island sessions of the conference will focus on an overview of the past hurricane season, on climate change and its effects on the Caribbean, tsunamis, flooding, building codes, hurricane awareness, and avoiding complacency.

Emphasis will also be placed on using communication tools like Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

The conference’s primary goal was to improve hurricane preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation to save lives and property in the United States and the tropical islands of the Caribbean and Pacific.

The conference also served as a national forum for federal, state and local officials to exchange ideas and recommend new policies for the improvement of emergency management.

“Attending the conference was refreshing. It allowed us to interact with regional colleagues and exchange information and ideas,” Martens said.


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