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Satellite Emergency Relief Warehouses Being Established
Satellite warehouses are being established in key locations throughout the Territory as the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) continues to enhance community resilience.
The DDM will be using containers to store emergency relief contingency stocks that will be used for immediate response operations as a first step. The engineering of the satellite warehouses will be done to ensure the containers are mounted on concrete platforms and secured to withstand high winds. These warehouses will also be properly vented and outfitted to store supplies safely.
The containers will be placed on Anegada, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dkye, Sea Cow’s Bay, the western and eastern ends of Tortola and will complement the stores currently held at the national warehouse in Fish Bay.
Community Relations Officer, Cecil “Alex” Jeffrey explained the purpose of the containers…
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