Disaster Coordination Unit- Going Beyond Disaster
The SWRHA’s Disaster Coordination Unit and Training and Development Unit, Human Resources continue to enhance the SWRHA’s ability to respond in times of disaster by equipping staff with the necessary knowledge and skills. Eighteen members of staff from the Area Hospital Point Fortin were trained in Shelter and Shelter Management at the Northern Conference Room, Level 8, and San Fernando Teaching Hospital on August 15th, 16th and 19th 2019.
The Training Workshop was conducted by Mr. Jaishima Gowandan, Regional Coordinator, Office of the Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM). This Workshop explored infrastructure issues, the logistical challenges, the critical utilities vulnerabilities and the human needs and risks associated with setting up and managing shelters both within and outside of a hospital environment. The Workshop featured two days of theory and group activities followed by a third day of simulation exercises.
This brings the total number of SWRHA staff trained by the ODPM in Shelter Management to 60. In the event of an emergency, these persons are able to select, prepare, maintain, operate and manage temporary shelters. It also ensures that SWRHA has continuity during any disaster which will prohibit the normal and natural flow of staff to and from work. Persons who have completed this program can also register with Regional Corporations as Shelter Managers in their communities upon receipt of certification from the ODPM.