Anguilla was represented at the recently concluded National Hurricane Conference held in Orlando, Florida 26-29 March 2018.
Anguilla's attendees were Ms Susan Hodge Programme Officer Community Outreach Preparedness and Education (COPE) and Ms Daphne Armantrading, Emergency Administrative Officer from the Department of Disaster Management.
Ms Hodge and Ms Armantrading attended a certificate course in Hurricane Readiness as well as other sessions relating to their job functions. Of particular interest were the sessions "Can Communities become resilient to extreme hurricanes" and the Rap Session for the Caribbean and Latin America, which highlighted to impacts of the 2017 Season and the lessons learnt, as well as how to build back better to lessen the impacts of major hurricanes.
The main session saw the presentation of awards and St. Maarten's own Glen Carty of Laser 101 was the recipient of Outstanding Achievement Award - Public Awareness.
"The information gained has been invaluable as to how I can communicate productively with residents and visitors of Anguilla before, during and after the Hurricane Season. We need to have more detailed conversations as disaster preparedness is everyone's business" Susan Hodge said.
"It was interesting to meet the weather experts and have an upfront interaction to understand exactly how the forecasts are done. We should be reminded that there is activity inside and outside the forecast cone" said Daphne Armantrading.
The participants were able to meet with Dr Rick Knabb, Tropical Weather Expert at the Weather Channel, Daniel Brown, Senior Hurricane Specialist/ Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Hurricane Centre and Craig Setzer, Meteorologist at CBS Channel 6 News.
Ms Hodge & Ms Armantrading extend thanks to the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) Disaster Office and the Government of Anguilla for sponsoring their attendance at this very informative event.