WORKSHOP TO DEVELOP WORKPLAN FOR

NATURAL HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

May 18, 2000

WORKSHOP REPORT

prepared by

Cassandra T. Rogers, Ph.D.

Lynette Atwell, B.A,; Dip. (Planning)

for

USAID/OAS

Post- Georges Disaster Mitigation Project

June 1, 2000


Table of Contents

  1. Introduction1
  2. Workshop Objectives1
  3. Workshop Description1
  4. Plan Outline and Detailed Workplan2
  5. Decisions Taken2
  6. Recommendations3

 

List of Appendices

Appendix 1 Workshop Agenda 4

Appendix 2 List of Participants 5

Appendix 3 Plan Outline 6

Appendix 4 Detailed Workplan 8

 


  1. Introduction
  2. As part of the Post-Georges Disaster Mitigation Project, the USAID / OAS are assisting the Government of Antigua and Barbuda with the development of a natural hazard mitigation plan. As part of the process of plan development, two workshops on natural hazard mitigation and mitigation planning were held in Antigua and Barbuda from May 15 to 18, 2000. The first workshop, an introduction to natural hazard mitigation, was held from May 15 – 17 at the Royal Antiguan Hotel in St. John’s. The second workshop, designed to develop a workplan for the mitigation plan, was held on May 18 at the conference room of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) in St. John’s. This report, summarises the activities and recommendations of the second workshop.

  3. Workshop Objectives

The purpose of the workshop was:

    1. To develop an outline of the proposed natural hazard mitigation plan and
    2. To develop a detailed workplan.
  1. Workshop Description
  2. The workshop agenda is presented as Appendix 1. Dr. Cassandra Rogers and Mrs. Lynette Atwell facilitated the workshop and were the lead presenters. Thirteen persons from the public and private sector attended (See Appendix 2). Although the workshop was intended for members of the Mitigation Committee only, this Committee had not yet been established by the date of the workshop. As such, the workshop was attended primarily by a subset of the participants who had attended the first workshop.

    Participants included district disaster coordinators, representatives from the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS), Public Works Division, Development Control Authority, Ministries of Planning, Tourism and

    Environment and Finance, the Antigua and Barbuda Public Utilities Authority, the Barbuda Council and the Antigua and Barbuda Chamber of Commerce.

    The workshop period was devoted to presentation and discussion of a basic plan outline and to the development of the workplan.

  3. Plan Outline and Detailed Workplan
  4. Following the workshop, the plan outline was further detailed (Appendix 3). The 14-month workplan, presented as Appendix 4, outlines 19 tasks, along with the specific duties, time allocated, and teams and/or individuals responsible for execution. It is to be noted that once the Mitigation Committee is in place, the local coordinator would be required to further detail the workplan. Working groups were assigned to compile the hazard and resource data and to perform the capability assessment.

  5. Decisions Taken

Several issues were raised and decisions taken during the discussion, viz.:

    1. Participants felt strongly that there was a need for an institutional framework to be developed for plan preparation. In this regard, it was agreed that there was a need for a Mitigation Council, comprised of Ministers of Government and Permanent Secretaries, which would oversee the overall plan process. The proposed Mitigation Committee would function as the executing arm of the Mitigation Council. The OAS Director in Antigua and Barbuda and the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) agreed to collaborate to move this forward by mid-July;
    2. It was agreed that NODS would function as the secretariat for the plan preparation exercise;
    3. A representative of the government information service should form part of the Mitigation Committee;
    4. Public information should be an integral part of plan development and should be incorporated throughout the entire plan development process.
  1. Recommendations

 


Appendix 1

Workshop Agenda

USAID/OAS POST-GEORGES DISASTER MITIGATION PROJECT

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

WORKSHOP TO DEVELOP WORKPLAN

May 18, 2000

  1. Introduction
  2. Development of Plan Outline
  3. Public Information on Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan
  4. Development of Detailed Workplan
  5. Responsibility for Plan Preparation

 


Appendix 2

List of Participants

 

NAME

SURNAME

ORGANISATION

POST

TEL.

FAX

EMAIL

Claudette

Anthony

Min. of Finance

Princ. Asst. Sec.

462-4860/1

462-1622

462-0044

Atkinson

Beazer

Barbuda Council

Deputy Chairman

460-0077;

562-1505

460-0410

barbudacouncil@candw.ag

Adelle

Blair

Min. of Tourism-Env. Div.

Environmental Officer

462-6265

462-6265

adelb@candw.ag

Adelta

Burton

Coord. All Saints East and St. Luke

560-3013

kelafe@candw.ag

Charlesworth

Davis

Min. Public Works, Design Div.

Chief Architect

462-1825

462-1825

cbarrydavis@netscape.net

Desiree

Edwards

Min. of Tourism

Tourism HRD/Training Officr

462-4625

462-6348

mintourenv@candw.ag
desed@hotmail.com

Phillip

Harris

DCA

Physical Planner

462-6427

462-6427

Almira

Henry

Min. of Planning

Social Sector Planner

462-6428

psplanning@candw.ag

Victor

Meade

APUA

T&D Engineer

727-7244

Philmore

Mullin

NODS

Deputy Director

562-2244

462-4742

nods@candw.ag

Milton

Pringle

APUA

Planning Coordinator

480-7256

Holly

Peters

AB Chamber of Commerce

Executive Director

462-0743

462-4575

chamcom@candw.ag

Kenneth

Jordan

OAS

Director

462-1284; 462-0833

462- 3543

oas.orgab@candw.ag

Steven

Stichter

OAS

Project Manager, PGDM

202-458-3300

sstichter@oas.org

Lynette

Atwell

OAS Consultant

Planning Consultant

868-676-8730

atwell@tstt.net.tt

Cassandra

Rogers

OAS Consultant

Lecturer, UWI

868-662-2002, ext. 3440

868-645-7691

crogers@carib-link.net

 


Appendix 3

Plan Outline

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

GLOSSARY

PREFACE

LIST OF FIGURES

LIST OF TABLES

SECTION 1 - INTRODUCTION

SECTION II - HAZARD AND VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT

SECTION III - ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION OF EXISTING SYSTEMS

 

SECTION IV – PLAN FORMULATION

ACHIEVING GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

 

SECTION V – PHASING AND IMPLEMENTATION

 

SECTION VI - EVALUATION, MONITORING AND UPDATING

BIBLIOGRAPHY

APPENDICES

  1. CAPABILITY ASSESSMENT SUMMARY
  2. STUDIES IN SUPPORT OF THE PLAN PREPARATION
  3. HAZARD ASSESSMENT

    VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT

  4. LIST OF SUPPORTING POLICIES

 


Appendix 4

Detailed Workplan (Attached)