Isaac urges village councils to develop disaster management plans for 2018

Isaac said government plans to build regional relief centres

Minister for the Environment, Climate Resilience, Disaster Management and Urban Renewal, Joseph Isaac has challenged village councils on island to develop disaster management plans for the 2018 Hurricane Season.

He was speaking at a National Climate Resilience Consultation for councils held at the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) Building Wednesday.

The consultation was organized by the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs, Family and Gender Affairs, Department of Local Government and Community Development.

“I am again challenging you to consider at the community level, developing disaster management plans,” Isaac said. ‘What we are looking at, you will have an overall government system, a National Disaster Management plan/ Climate Resilience Developing Strategy all that will be tied with each other and then after you have that plan you need to look at mobilization.”

Isaac highlighted the need for mobilization within the various communities in the context of government’s plan to implement regional relief centres.

“Each community might not have a large facility but it will have a regional centre,” Isaac said. “The question is how do you mobilize when there is an announcement on the radio a day before, two days before that a storm is approaching Dominica, and we expect it to be a category 2, a category 3 what do we do?”

He added, “How do we engage bus drivers in the village to get and gather the most vulnerable people?”

Using the Grand Fond Constituency as an example, Isaac asked, “how do you mobilize Morne Jaune, Riviere Cyrique and Grand Fond?”

Acting Local Government Commissioner, Glenroy Toussaint also spoke at the consultation and called for the development of a new thinking in terms of resilience.

“It means therefore we have to develop a new thinking and that new vision moving forward is that we have to breathe resilience, we have to eat resilience, we have to sleep resilience and importantly we have to live resilience,” he stated. “We certainly have no option but to become resilient individuals, resilient communities and ultimately a resilient country.”

He said it is against this backdrop that the consultation was organized.

According to Toussaint, one of the objectives of the consultation is to allow councils to have a clearer understanding of Climate Resilience Execution Agency of Dominica [CREED] as well as Dominica’s low climate Resilience Development Strategy.”

Other objectives of the consultation are: to seek to build consensus on the role of the councils in building community resilience and to explore the development of community based climate resilience projects.


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  1. ???????????????
    May 22, 2018

    And your point???? What are your objective assessment of hurricane preparedness? forget who Isaac is or what he should have done. Now let us hear you. Anansi what would you have said to the Village councils – your suggestions my dear – Isaac has challenged village councils on island to develop disaster management plans for the 2018 Hurricane Season. What would you tell them. Come on you are the featured speaker on DNO to give advice – No criticism, no Skerrit, No labour, No UWP, No Pappy, No freedom, No politics, No negativism, just you are the featured speaker.

    Love to read your comment. It is not about supporting this and that and speaking foolishly. Do your thing Anansi. Anansi are always smart people. Anansi ate 3 Plantains whilst everyone (children and wife ate a half). Go Anansi go

  2. ???????????????
    May 22, 2018

    DNO please stop erasing my comments. Thanks. You let the disrespectful ones pass through. I try to be objective. Please stop what you are doing.

    ADMIN: ???

  3. May 22, 2018

    There is no food in the fridge. Cost of living is high. I can hardly meet my basic needs. I avoid going to politicians to beg. I want to achieve things base on my hard work and merit. I voted for him hoping him as a vote against a lazy, corrupt government without ideas and initiative. All these years and nothing good for us majority citizens who don’t feel like walking up the stairs of ministry is the best way. One of the things Dominicans don’t realize is that if the government favors one individual personally we put all of the rest of Dominica at a disadvantage as the public good is prejudice. I think we needed to try something else. He used my vote and gave it to the system that I voted against. This man is conflicted. He has very low social consciousness, seeking to advance his own cause rather than that of the people. History will count him as a highly deceitful individual i.e the poster boy of deception.

  4. Anthony P. Ismael Minister of Free Pampers
    May 21, 2018

    This entire question by Isaac if filled with the sound of fire and fury, while signifying absolutely nothing. This Labor Government has never empowered the people of Dominica. To ask them to suddenly develop disaster planning on their own is the height of nonsense and stupidity on his part. What kind of resources do these villages have to undertake such a task? Are there designated buildings in these villages capable of housing large groups of people? Are there generators present so that medication can be refrigerated if power is turned off?

    May 19, 2018

    Man, reading these comments these people are like donkeys!
    Even after they get their blows they still stubborn and ignorant!

    • Anonymous
      May 21, 2018

      I trust you are referring to Joseph Isaac. It couldn’t be anyone else.

  6. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    May 18, 2018

    “Minister for the Environment, Climate Resilience, Disaster Management and Urban Renewal, ”

    Isaac, the words you speak are that of a fool!

    Here you are the minister of climate resilience, and disaster management; you are the only one on earth who have the technology at hand, and knows how to build a resilience country; one which cannot bend or be affected by storms: you have the money and technology to implement your plans.

    So, my question to you is why don’t you take the infinitive and spread your invisible blankets or whatever you have over all of Dominica thus protecting it from hurricanes?

    Prevent the trees from bending, prevent flooding by the rivers, and falling rain, stop the wind from blowing down houses, and causing damage to the infrastructure, that is resiliency dictates and means!

    The village councils  are penniless: You puppet ignorant nobody!

  7. No Respect
    May 18, 2018

    Sorry Issac, I will never listen to a word you say. Your character alone has tarnished the Ministry that you are holding. You are not to be trusted, you are deceitful. The only unity that you brought was unity between the people, cause neither blue, nor red, nor green trust you. You are just a pappy show for PM , when he loses that Roseau Central seat you will be discarded.

      May 19, 2018

      The discussion is about safety of people you idiot! get your mind out of the gutter!

  8. May 18, 2018

    I will be the first to agree with your suggestion; but Joseph you started at the wrong end; The Central Government does not have a plan, the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force did not have a plan. The Village Council can only develop it’s disaster plan from the master plan which is that of Central Government; plan so get you educational thinking right bro.

    • RasB
      May 19, 2018

      I agree because it is palpably obvious that there is no central planning. May I suggest that before such embarassment of your speech, Mr Minister, You have a consultation with relevant stake holders to develop a plan of action in the event of a major disaster after fine tuning the plan, you can then roll it out to the various councils, thus giving them an insight into how they can be party to the national plan. Shameful first public foray, Mr Minister, It raises the question of competence and how prepared are you for the position. Unfortunately, the obvious question is unavoidable, was the cabinet position the political wage for your Judas-like display?

    • Anthony P. Ismael Minister of Free Pampers
      May 21, 2018

      My point exactly. We have 365 rivers, but there was no water after Maria. How do you say total lack of planning?

  9. Treal God
    May 18, 2018

    Isaac sounds so comical. Apparently he hasn’t visited any of these councils to see the ignoramus’ sitting in these councils. Isaac you of all people know that thinking outside of what is sanctioned by one Roosevelt Skerrit is not allowed in Dominica & is considered hater thinking. I dare you to challenge the people who need to be challenged. Intelligent & skeptical people don’t accept such utter nonsense.

  10. Poor my country
    May 18, 2018

    Charlenging like as if he have no say der wii. Stuppsss. Just making yourself a old papis how cause everyone knows is skerit Dat calling de shots. If this government had any love for Dominicans the first thing they would invest in is in hurricane shelters and stuff people will need. Just waisting money… Stuppsss eh.

  11. viewsexpressed
    May 18, 2018

    Joseph Issac, you know nothing of Village Councils and how they are outdated and have been neglected by your corrupt Labour party under a corrupt leadership of the party you have eventually joined due to circumstances you alone know of. Come out and tell us ..
    You are not in a position to talk about Village Councils, you have no idea as to how they function.

    • May 18, 2018

      Isaac cannot tell his boss what he could or couldn’t speak on he have to do exactly what he’s been told to do he just begin to feel used , for someone who claim how educated and smart he is but above all lacking “common sense so what is he going to do if he is not the individual selected to represent the party in the next election , because his boss knows the people will not vote for him. Isaac just handed his boss his future on a copper plate .

  12. May 18, 2018

    The mess all those village councils in, you think they can organise anything??
    Skerrit killed all village councils and everything else in D/ca

  13. notinterestedintheleast soft drink
    May 18, 2018

    smgdh. This clown again. Do the villages all have adequate shelters? has your ministry done any evaluation since you have been appointed? it is your duty to review whatever plans they come up with and ensure they are appropriate. Already plently people still have no roof or nowhere to hide this time. What is the government’s plan for the country on a whole? where is the public sensitization from your ministry?

  14. Ray
    May 18, 2018

    I think that challenge coming a bit late. Disaster management plans for 2018 should have been in progress since after Maria. Days before the hurricane season is when you issuing the challenge to councils, this challenge should be for 2019. However, I guess it’s better late than never. I pray that Dominica will be spared from depressions, waves, storms and hurricanes in 2018.
    God bless Dominica.

    • Enough is enough
      May 18, 2018

      # Ray#soft drink,
      Guys you are both right!!!! And on the top of this , let me ask you: when the office of National Disaster management have been created? ?? Years ago!!! What have been done since ? How many millions have been spend in : private offices rent, staff , international climate conferences ECT ECT..?? For what? nothing!! No plan have been done. This is a real shame.

  15. Don
    May 18, 2018

    OK Hon. Hustle I hear you.

  16. Ibo France
    May 18, 2018

    Joseph Isaac is the poster boy of betrayal, dishonesty, hypocrisy and lies. How could anyone take this ethically challenged , morally tainted person seriously? His action is so self-centered that I don’t hear him when he speaks. Almost the entire country is left exposed at the mercy of the weather this upcoming hurricane season, mostly because of the government’s gross indifference and incompetence. The use of this word ‘resilience’ by the governing regime has become befuddling. How can anyone or anything recover quickly from a pending disaster when hardly anything is being built or repaired? These government officials mostly offer gibberish and empty talk to their audience. What the country needs desperately is concrete action and not empty rhetoric.

  17. jihan
    May 18, 2018

    The traitor on board.

  18. crossing floor
    May 18, 2018

    boy you are a crook ,,,,traitor

  19. Tussine,Monso Pie, Cox & Edward
    May 18, 2018

    Please, grand son ,son, nephew don’t allow our graves to be flooded, spewing our bones etc. we beg of you our boy.

  20. Tussine,Monso Pie, Cox & Edward
    May 18, 2018

    Minister for the Environment, Climate Resilience, Disaster Management and Urban Renewal, Joseph Isaac . Do you & your ministry have things in place for disaster management plans for the 2018 Hurricane Season?

  21. Anansi
    May 18, 2018

    Isaac, cheups. Couldn’t you have suggested this while you were with your former brothers-in-blue? I really don’t see what your portfolio brings that is different from say a task force set up between Darroux’s and Blackmoore’s ministries. Then again in Dominica, the price for treason is high, highly rewarded that is to turncoat for Skerrit.

  22. Shaka Zulu
    May 18, 2018
    • ???????????????
      May 22, 2018

      Thanks Shaka Zulu. Indeed you gave some material to assist. It is not always about criticising or being political. Everyone has a brain and even from a child or someone not educated one can learn something. Pride is a bad thing and I know it all too without involving other persons.

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