Regional Emergency Shelter is significant milestone in Dominica’s efforts to boost resilience – PM Skerrit

PM Skerrit receives the key to the Regional Emergency Centre from the Head of EU Delegation

A new Regional Emergency Shelter was commissioned in Castle Bruce on Wednesday as the government continues to construct resilient buildings in Dominica to fight against the impact of climate change.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Prime Minster Roosevelt Skerrit said since 2017, the government has reinforced the need for proactive resilience planning and resource allocation, identified the needs of communities in a systematic manner and provided the necessary training and interventions to boost disaster response capacity at the local community level.

He said Wednesday’s function marks another significant milestone in Dominica’s efforts to boost resilience and engage in climate smart planning to mitigate the impact of chronic events.

“The upgrades of climate-smart health centers and construction of new modern health and wellness centers in several villages, the banning of single-use plastics in 2019 by an Act of Parliament and the construction of hundreds of climate-resilient homes across Dominica, all speak to our determination to avoid the severe consequences of another hurricane on lives and livelihoods,” he stated.

In agriculture, he revealed that the sum of over 67 million dollars is being invested to assist farmers to maintain productivity and climate proof their operations in livestock and crop farming and upgrading fisheries facilities to provide fishers with secure spaces for storage of catch and equipment.

Skerrit said further that the improvement of building construction codes is being promoted with adherence to standards and designs which are climate resilient and environmentally friendly.

“The recent approval of the building codes regulations by the cabinet signals our intent to enforce the rules across the board to ensure new and existing structures meet the most stringent standards for safety in keeping with our ‘build back better’ approach,” the Prime Minister remarked.

He highlighted the importance of the occasion for the people of Dominica in terms of the memories it evokes of the night of September 18, 2017 when Dominica suffered the most devastating impact of Hurricane Maria.

“In the midst of the confusion, we resolved to emerge a stronger, more resilient people determined to strengthen our communities and country and improve our responses to the emerging threats associated with climate change,” Sherrit said.

He continued, “In Dominica we have suffered the worst of climate change and know that we must become more resilient to those effects which now seem inevitable and unavoidable. In the immediate aftermath of the of the life-changing disaster, I, as prime minister Dominica,  committed our small island nation to compelling vision of becoming the first climate resilient nation in the world by 2030.”

Referring to the doubts which he says have been expressed openly by some Dominicans bout the country’s ability to achieve that vision, Skerrit said he is proud to state that the government, “have backed our statements with concrete action some of which you see manifesting today in Castle Bruce.”

He indicated that the Castle Bruce shelter along with another which was also commissioned on Wednesday at Jimmit, will be able to hold a significant number of people.

The Prime Minister has also said that the government’s intention is to move away from using schools as hurricane shelters.

 “As of now, we use a number of schools as hurricane shelters and the intention here is to move away from using schools, in particular, as Hurricane shelters because after a disaster we would like students to get back to the classroom as soon as possible,” Skerrit explained.  “There have been delays in seeing that happening because several schools have been used across Dominica for hurricane shelters.”

Improvements are also being made to early warning systems, emergency communications capacity and raising awareness among our various publics to improve disaster response capacity.

Last week, the government of the Dominican officially approved the National Emergency telecommunication plan which will include standard operating procedures for emergency and disaster response related to communication.

Head of delegation of the European Union to Barbados, The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was present at the event.

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  1. If we knew better
    May 31, 2022

    Some of that money going to go in elections campaign. Watch that.

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  2. Bring back the kidnapped parrots
    May 29, 2022

    That look on the lady’s face says it all. She is disgusted she knows yours truly is corrupt. He has gotten millions of foreign dollars over the years, where is it? Check his overseas bank accounts where he puts Dominican treasury money after all he is also “Minister of Finance” controlling all the money. It is a mystery why the Dominican people continue to put up with his corruption. There has to be an explanation as to why. Why is a countries Prime Minister also minister of finance. Something stinks right there.

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  3. Follow the Money
    May 28, 2022

    Dude, it’s all good but the EU is about creating dependence so that you support their manipulation of the U.N or risk losing what they been giving you. Works every everywhere everytime.

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  4. Bring back the kidnapped parrots
    May 27, 2022

    Yours truly has nothing to worry about in a Hurricane, he will just do like last time during Maria go to his house in Florida and get on the internet and Facebook pretending that he is in Dominica. How was he able to get on the internet in Dominica during the hurricane 190 MPH winds when all communications were down. He was in Florida that’s how. He fled the island when he realized that the island was going to take a direct hit.

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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      May 29, 2022

      I believe he was in Dominica, the reason I am sort of certain he was at home; is that when the wind came and blew his house apart, he said he got soaked in the rain.
      He shouted like the little mouse he is “we are invincible!”
      Then when he heard Charles so called prince of England said “the people of Dominica are resilient;” he began running his mouth talking about Dominica, is going to be the first resilient country in the world.
      Since then anything they build in Dominica the term it resilient; however just recently one of the resilient bridge they built in Rosalie, got washed away by torrential rains.
      So, anyway; the first bridge they built after the hurricane; fat Austrie jumped and bounced up and down on it, he then declared it the first resilient bridge built in the country.
      He was in Dominica during the storm. I believe he wrote his comments using a smart phone, as long as the satellite serving Dominica was not disabled hence communication…

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      • Wesley Queen
        May 31, 2022

        I thought you had signed of for good. I guess, no such luck. Now we all have to listen to your general nastiness and showing off again. Hahahahahah

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        • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
          May 31, 2022

          You are no more than a nasty smelling pit-hole rat, you know that pit-hole at the side of your house, filled with rotten feces, that’s what you are oui!


          Your smell travels all the way to Los Angeles; and what makes your stench smell so nasty, it is because you do not know the difference in the words “off, and of.”

          One can only sign off!

          So, let me educate you:

          Off means moving away and often down from from some place

          2. Situated or leading in a direction away from (a main route or intersection):
          3. Think in terms of single wires leading off the main lines” ·
          4. T o be removed or separated from scum of the earth nobody like you!
          5. Finally someone “threatening to tear you off your hinges”

          Note: Of definition, used to indicate distance or direction from, separation, deprivation: “within a mile of your nasty smell.

          You see how low beneath me you are scholastically?

          Shut up!

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          • Wesley Queen
            June 2, 2022

            Hahahah, I can just picture you, ragging and jumping up and down like a Jo-Jo in your little wooden box in the slums of LA with your Mercedes AMG all dirty in your rotten sandpit. I don’t need educating from you! Your English is appalling! Now f..k offf. Is this spelled correctly? You wouldn’t know anyway…

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          • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
            June 2, 2022

            Let me tell you that stinking geriatric dog, I live in a 3,000 square feet, five Bedroom, three full baths house, with a Den, and Lough in the Inland Empire, in a suburb, in addition to my
            a four Bedroom house in Los Angeles.
            And by the way, turn your narrow hungry behind crazy, when I inform you, that I am a Land Lord who owns and rent apartments to people in Los Angeles.
            I rent to people who’s rent are subsidize by the State and Federal Government!
            You dirty nasty dog; you can wish me evil but you cannot hurt me, because in the first place you do not know me.
            I will tell you that bit of scum, I make more money in one night when I am asleep, than dog like you will ever make in your entire life!
            You dirty sucker! I wish I could you the “B” word, but I know DNO would not allow it!
            You and all my haters will eventually hang yourself!
            The only person writing here who knows me is Elizabeth, and she has pictures of where I live okay, I invited her here, she knows, shut up…

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          • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
            June 2, 2022

            I don’t even know why I am bothering with scum of the earth like you, if you were from Wesley, by now you would stop making yourself a damn fool trying to degrade someone you do not know.

            If you know me, you would know that in 2020, the only house to get started from the ground up, and finished is the one I built for my sister, she died last November, after occupying the house for a few short month; it is furnished, with all the amenities.

            The damn house is there locked up, if I can give someone a decent place to live in Wesley, knowing the person did not have long to live, would I live in a box in America?

            You are an idiot, the average house in Los Angeles, cost over a million dollars; a one bedroom apartment is rented for more than $2,000.00 dollars per month.
            You are a damn dog, shut up!
            You will eventually kill yourself in the process of trying making yourself an idiot!

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          • WG
            June 3, 2022

            Dods, you can talk as long as you want, you can show pictures to whoever you want, you can quote Elisabeth as long as you want… The fact remains that you are a show-off, a notorious know it all and in general a nasty human being who regards his Dominican countryman as inferior. Get out of here, Rex.

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          • Vice Roy of DA
            June 3, 2022

            Hahahahahah, Dods is going totally berserk. He’s been found out! He living in a little shack in the slums of LA. He telling us he big man over there. Hahahahah! Poor Dodsy…

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  5. Jey Jey
    May 27, 2022

    This guy has muzzled every other minister in his gangbenet. As he so arrogantly stated: “I run things.” I hope you Labour ministers taking note and realize that you have been boxed in a corner. We don’t see your pics no more, we don’t hear you no more. You are stuck on chair while Skerrit goes out give fresh air to his Butt-on. You remain in this stagnation primarily for de salary. What will become of you when Skerrit is picked up or loses the next election? You will do as most of every single police officer has done; which is, to fly or sail to the US for a security job at some grocery store. Every politician in Dominica has a US Visa. They use their position to apply and to obtain one. Therefore, they are able to bend the rules, disregard our constitution, mistreat the citizens of Dominica, take bribes, go along with everything the fadah liar says and does. Knowing that they could easily and voluntarily self exile to the next corrupt country with their Visa. U all are useless to DA.

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  6. Silk-Worm
    May 27, 2022

    Body language speaks volumes; the look on the lady’s face said, what the hell am I doing here standing next to this corrupted piece of nothing.

    Notice Roosevelt is unable to look the lady in her face; that is the look of someone who is guilty of some crime or knows the comments he is making is a lie!

    Notice the fat tub of lard in red standing next to satan the corrupt focus her attention away from him; disgust with the lie Roosevelt speaks, whereas black-boy in the Center is bewildered and in a trance not listening to anything Roosevelt the liar speaks.
    The lady presenting the key must be saying in her mind, I regret I have to stand and breath the same oxygen that lying crook is breathing, I feel like kicking him!

    He like to talk about resilient, someone should remind him one of his resilient built bridges got washed away by heavy rain recently in Rosalie.
    Everything built by human are vulnerable, to the elements and can’t be resilient.

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    • Beta
      May 29, 2022

      The only things in DA that are resilient are corruption, theft and violent crime. Anything else is just a Fata Morgana created by the CM. His motto, if you talk often enough about something, his supporters will eventually believe it.

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  7. If we knew better
    May 27, 2022

    67 million dollars. 0_0

  8. Joseph
    May 26, 2022

    DNO, this article has not offered any details about this hurricane shelter.
    How many men and women can be housed?
    Are there kitchen facilities?
    Is there an eating area?
    What provision is there for personal hygiene?
    How many toilets and baths are provided?
    What about recreation? What is provided in this area?
    What sort of sleeping accomodations are provided?
    What about communication provision for those who may occupy this facility during and after a disaster?
    Are there provisions for pets?
    Absolutely no information is provided in your article about this new resilient Shelter’. I would appreciate some detail when similar articles are written in future.

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    • Man bite dogs
      May 27, 2022

      @Joseph, Any more questions? Secondly what the hell have it got to do with you are you paying for it! Thirdly you are not in Dominica mind your damn business

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    • DAFriend
      May 27, 2022

      But at least we got a photo with the CM in it, which he now uses as prime propaganda material. Facts and detailed figures are not this man’s strong suit. I wonder why? People that have something to hide usually act like that…

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    • Ibo France
      May 27, 2022

      Joseph, those are very pertinent questions. DNO’s articles are mostly superficial. I often wonder about their editorial staff and their level of training in journalism. Seems like they didn’t even do a crash-course.

      Even though we appreciate the opportunity DNO gives to members of the public to get their opinions and point of views publish, their articles are pedestrian, bland and shallow. Nothing they publish is thought-provoking.

      I’ve never read an investigative article here. Nothing that stimulates the mind. What the Dominican public gets from these local news entities is SAHARAN DUST journalism.

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      • Pat
        May 30, 2022

        That’s your opinion bud, as invalid as it appears.

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        • Maria
          May 31, 2022

          You wouldn’t be one of their ‘Journalists’ by any chance??

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  9. Tt
    May 26, 2022

    Yawns. The key to resilience is self sufficiency, education, infrastructure and thriving economy… just saying. ..

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  10. JAH KAL
    May 26, 2022

    My My see what way the US ambassador is watching skerrit and pampalam ,the lady is see dishonesty in the highest degree in them . Skerrit you a such a disappointment, i just can’t get words to describe you , man you a such a liar Madam ambassador can see right through you. Skerrit !!!!!!!!!!!!!! what about Choksi .

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  11. Ibo France
    May 26, 2022

    Roosevelt completely dominates this news site. Everything he says is sure to make headlines on DNO. If he even walk a very short distance in Roseau, it’s as certain to make DNO’s top story.

    Here are just a few things that should certainly be given headline status:
    *Dennis Byron long delayed electoral reform report
    *Revelation of the details by the Antigua & Barbuda Police Report about the Choski kidnapping
    *The continued dispossession of the occupants of the new public apartments
    *The many citizens still living under tents and in unsafe, delapidated houses after the passage of Hurricane Maria
    *The rapidly rising cost of living which has long outpaced the stagnant, starvation wages and salaries

    Try to engender real and long-lasting positive changes instead of giving credence to Roosevelt’s tall tales.

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    • Man bite dogs
      May 27, 2022

      @Ibo, man stop crying you showing your wickedness cry cry baby 😢😪😭

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  12. May 26, 2022

    “A picture is worth a thousand words” I hope I didn’t read wrongly but the expression on that ladies face is saying to our Dr Dr “king liar” even “pampalam” was not impressed.

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  13. Man bite dogs
    May 26, 2022

    Good day Pm Dr. Skerrit, you are blessed with brains visions most of all education thank to you and the Labour party administrations ugly Lenny, is a Joker 🃏 in a pack of cards that snake belly taking advices from a white far right criminal as how to run his Alien so-called workers party, get out of it ugly Lenny, you are dated!!!!!

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    • cpv
      May 27, 2022

      no exports and a passport selling exonomy is brain and vision? Keep walking with ur eyes closed dogs

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    • Lin clown
      May 27, 2022

      Betta,UWP lost the past 5 general elections because of the high level of corruption,victimization and greed.if for one minute the Dominican people believe the DLP is 1% as corrupt as UWP,they are out.The level of corruption the people of Dominica were exposed to between 1995 and 2000 is still keeping them out of office.No political party with the name UWP can win an election in Dominica.

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      • Beta
        May 30, 2022

        Nobody takes you serious. You have several screws loose. Typical Skerrit supporter! Just wait, the day of reckoning will come sooner than you and your master think.

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      • Beta
        May 31, 2022

        Once again you prove to all of us beyond a doubt, that you have absolutely nothing between your two ears.

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  14. I disagree
    May 26, 2022

    it seems to me that the photo should be that of the European Union representative.

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  15. Beta
    May 26, 2022

    If this CM would only make our country corruption resistent. Why does he continue to refuse to properly account for our CBI money? Why does he continue to refuse to give us fair election? Even the US Ambassador looks at you with apprehension. Well at least you dunce supporter love you.

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  16. Ibo France
    May 26, 2022

    Roosevelt has his hands on billions of dollars belonging to the Dominican people. If he spends a tiny fraction of this on building a few fortified hurricane shelter this is hardly anything to gloat about. This gloating is to curry favour with the public.

    Roosevelt spreads his suffocating propaganda by using specific local media entities. These media houses shamelessly compromise their independence for him. Count the number of times, for the last two months, favourable articles about Roosevelt tat have been posted on this news site. Yet, it claims to be impartial. Nothing can be further than the truth.

    This is exactly the reason the Evil Doer continues with his corrupt and brutal ways. Specific local media houses put this scorpion-like creature on a pedestal. Sad!

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  17. ME
    May 26, 2022

    Tell that vieux PeePeeMmash; a whole center in the event we need a hurricane shelter – myopic

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