Knowledge Exchange of DDME’s Public Information and Education Officer

Turks and Caicos Islands, January 12th,2014 (DDME) - In its continued effort to build internal capacity and foster national as well as international partnerships for disaster risk management, the DDME is facilitating Miss Andrea Been, Public Information and Education Officer at the DDME to attend a one-week knowledge and skills transfer exchange exercise at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Jamaica.

Through this partnership with Jamaica, Ms. Been will be exposed to and experience in the roles and responsibilities of counterpart Public Information and Education Officers, particularly as this relates to initiatives in rolling out of the Public Information and Education Strategies for the multi-hazard Caribbean environment in general and the TCI in particular. This partnership with Jamaica is especially appropriate, given that this island is The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency’s (CDEMA) Focal Point for the North Western Sub-Region of which the Turks and Caicos Islands is a part.

Public information and education has been identified by the DDME as one of the priority areas for capacity building and as such the skills transfer exercise in which Ms. Been is engaged will significantly improve technical competence of existing staff in this critical area of disaster risk management. This competence will allow the DDME to design more comprehensive and targeted disaster management public education programs for a wider cross-section of people at risk in the TCI and better enable the DDME to fulfill its mandate for effective and efficient disaster response.

During the exercise in Jamaica, , Ms. Been, will be assigned to the Information and Training Unit and the Preparedness and Emergency Operations Division of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management where she will acquire practical experience in:

  • Observing the writing of news releases, observing the dissemination methods of news releases, advisories etc.;
  • Examining avenues for social media and how audio visual work is conducted;
  • Attending the Press Conference planned in observance of Earthquake Awareness Week,
  • Examining products used for newspaper supplements and any other information dissemination tool used.

The program will run from January 13 - 17, 2014.

Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME)
Main Office: South Base, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands - Telephone: (649)946-2801
Ext. 11902, 11903, 11904 & 11905 Telefax: (649)946-1230

Providenciales Office: 1316 Customs Complex, Leeward Highway, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
Telephone: (649)946-4521 & (649)946-4177 Telefax: (649)941-4532
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