Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, November 1st, 2016 (DDME) - The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Mike Clerveaux to the post of Hazard Mitigation Officer within the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME).
Mr. Clerveaux appointment took effect on September 5, 2016 when he assumed responsibility for administration of the Department’s Mitigation & Planning Programme His duties will cover but is not limited to the analysis of hazard data utilizing GIS software, developing hazard maps in support of implementation of national pre-disaster planning and prevention measures, and recommending mitigation measures to support sustainable development and planning in the Country.
Prior to his new appointment, Mr. Clerveaux spent over 6 years as a Land Use Planner at the Department of Planning, with responsibility for reviewing planning applications while promoting integrated development planning through spatial interpretation of the macro-economic and sectoral policies to ensure their consistency with the principles of sustainable development. He has approximately eight years of experience in the field of GIS, Urban and Regional Planning and Disaster Management.
Mr. Clerveaux holds a Master of Science (MSc) Degree in the Built Environment (Specialization in Geomatics) and a Bachelor’s of Science (BSc) in Urban & Regional Planning, both from the University of Technology, Jamaica. Other qualifications include Certificate in Business Continuity Management from H. Lavity Stout Community College, British Virgin Islands; Certificate in Computer Applications and a Diploma in Secondary Education (specializing in Industrial Arts/Technology) from Mico Teachers College and several disaster management certifications, including, Critical Incident Management, Damage Assessment & Needs Analysis (DANA), Emergency Operations Management, National Intervention Team (NIT), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Building GIS Application in Support of Disaster Risk Management, Rope Rescue, Urban Search & Rescue, Stress Management, Medical First Responder, Incident Command Systems, and Mass Casualty Management.
Prior to officially joining the DDME, Mr. Clerveaux played a critical role in assisting the DDME in advancing its mandate by working as a National Instructor for establishing the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in all the inhabited islands in the TCI, Deputy Leader of the Turks and Caicos Search & Rescue Taskforce (TSART), member of the Damage Assessment Team and Communities United in Response to Emergencies (CURE).
Mr. Clerveaux looks forward to serving in this new capacity and working with all stakeholders to advance the Disaster Management agenda in the TCI and states that “It is with gratitude, honour and humility that I accept this appointment as Mitigation Officer at the DDME. In my previous capacity as Land Use Planner at the Department of Planning, I worked closely with the DDME and was actively engaged in its programming. This engagement has not only enhanced my understanding of the critical role being played by the DDME in the advancement of the sustainable development agenda of the TCI, but it also provided an insight into the gaps and needs for more effective management of disaster risk in the TCI and how the skillsets that I bring to this position can address those requirements. The multi-island character of the TCI poses a unique challenge to the spatial context of disaster risk reduction and as such the capacity to generate, manipulate, analyse and interpret spatial data is a prerequisite for disaster risk management planning in this multi-island context. My skills in spatial data manipulation and interpretation will contribute to the design of disaster resilience strategies that are better aligned with character and needs of the islands that comprise our archipelago and thereby effect stronger and more meaningful engagements between disaster risk management providers and end-users”.
“I take this opportunity to thank the interview/selection committee for affording me this opportunity and honour to make a contribution to the protection of life and property in the TCI and by extension, advancing the sustainability and continuity of development for the benefit of the government and people of the TCI”.
The DDME welcomes Mr. Clerveaux to the department.
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