Three (3) Dominicans recently participated in a US Government Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminar on Emergency Response and Disaster Preparedness.
- Disaster Programme Officer (Office of Disaster Management – ODM) Donalson Frederick
- Social Entrepreneur (I Have a Right Foundation) Valarie Honoré
- Mechanical Engineer (DOMLEC) Jason Timothy
They participated in a 5-Day International Exchange Seminar in Trinidad and Tobago entitled Alumni in Action for Resilient Communities: Emergency Response and Disaster Preparedness.
In the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes that made landfall from Dominica to Puerto Rico, the seminar examined quick responses and long-term recovery capacity building for emergencies and natural disasters in the Caribbean region. The seminar aimed to build a regional network of leaders to share best practices, increase community resilience, and improve strategic planning and recovery efforts.
Participants – who now have an opportunity to compete for small grants to make a positive difference in local communities – described the seminar as extremely timely and a fantastic opportunity bringing Caribbean nationals together to find solutions to the region’s challenges with disaster preparedness and management.