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June 27, 2003 Ė In order to meet the mandate of having Saint Lucia prepared for any disaster that may occur the Office of the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) is preparing for the hosting of a National Consultation on Hazard Mitigation scheduled for September 4th 2003.

Two documents on Hazard Mitigation shall be circulated. The first is the Draft National Mitigation Plan. First presented for comment in 1996; work slowed then stopped due the lack of human resources to take the vital process forward. Under the Emergency Recovery and Disaster Management Project funded by a loan from the World Bank, NEMO has been working with a consultant to complete the plan.

The second aspect to the consultation is the National Mitigation Policy. Thorough the Caribbean Hazard Mitigation Capacity Building Programme (CHAMP) being coordinated by the Coordinating Unit of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA/CU) in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bankís Disaster Mitigation Facility for the Caribbean, NEMO will present the Draft Mitigation Hazard Mitigation Policy. Together with a Policy Development Committee (PDC), comprising a number of agencies NEMO has been working with a consultant to prepare this document.

On September 4th as many interested parties as possible shall meet to provide comment on the Policy. Comments on the Plan may be sent into the Office of NEMO at the Red Cross Building in Castries. Written submission should be in by close of day on Friday, August 30th to allow for collation for the September 4th Consultation.

Though both documents shall be available on the Government of Saint Lucia web site presently only the Draft Plan is available for download at /documents/docs.htm.


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