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Fifth anniversary of Irma to see gov’t reflect on BVI’s progress

Fifth anniversary of Irma to see gov’t reflect on BVI’s progress

With next Tuesday being the fifth anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Irma on the Virgin Islands, the government is inviting the community to join in reflecting and looking ahead as the day is observed.
The government’s Director of Communications Dr Arliene Penn said the communication activities planned focus on where the Virgin Islands was in 2017, where it is today and the look ahead to the future.

“Throughout the day, there will be several reflective pieces comprised of videos, interviews, statements and messages, reflective quotes from leaders and reflections from a cross-section of the Virgin Islands business community,” Dr Penn said.

She said photographs will also be shared to highlight the progress made with developments across the territory. There will also be a quiz in the morning on ZBVI led by the Recovery and Development Agency and the release of the Recovery and Development Impact Report.

The Director explained that the day will also include reflections and a look ahead with interviews on the following topics: Through the Lens of Disaster Management, Through the Lens of Emergency Responders, Through the Lens of Utility Responders, Through the Lens of Recovery.

“Additionally, the Governor, Premier, ministers and members of the House of Assembly and the Deputy Governor will also give ‘An Irma Reflection’, which will come in the form of a visual quote of either a reflect, a lesson learned or a message of hope,” Dr Penn said.

“Community involvement will be welcomed via social media where persons will be invited throughout the day to finish the sentence: “HURRICANE IRMA 2017 TAUGHT ME…”, and hashtag: #IrmaLessons, #IrmaReflection and #Irma2017TaughtMe. The Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley is looking forward to everyone coming together to reflect and to look ahead,” she added.

Government Information Services will publish the schedule of the day’s activities.
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