During the Standing Finance Committee deliberations Director of the Disaster Management Department (DDM), Sharleen Dabreo told the Legislators that four public buildings have deteriorated to the point where they had to be removed from the list of emergency shelters. One of these shelters she noted was the main emergency venue in Anegada.
Ms. Dabreo informed the SFC that the state of the key emergency shelters which are located at various parts of the Territory are of grave concern to her. She mentioned that the four that were removed are: The Emile Dunlop Community Centre in Anegada, the Ashford Waters Community Center in Virgin Gorda, the Valerie O. Thomas Community Centre, Sea Cows Bay; and the Abraham Leonard Community Centre in Carrot Bay.
Ms. Dabreo in shedding some additional light on the situation explained that the majority of the stricken shelters had been constructed and maintained by community groups. She said that she believes that there is an absence of a handing-over process.
Nonetheless it was mentioned that the DDM is trying to salvage the situation, and have already commenced discussions with Rotary International. In fact, Ms. Dabreo pointed out that there is a positive conversation as it relates to Rotary’s assistance in repairing the Emile Dunlop Community Centre in Anegada this year.
The Director further said that there is a challenge sourcing investment to maintain many of the shelters, which she noted have deteriorated significantly. The DDM Head also told the Committee that the greatest concern is for the Anegada Community Center because it is the main emergency shelter on the island.
As an alternative the Director disclosed that the DDM is in discussion with a new church on Anegada with the hope of being able to use that facility while repairs on the community center is embarked.
The repair needed on the Anegada Community Center include a need for the restructuring of the electrical systems as well as the need for roof repairs, as well as the resealing of the cistern. Ms. Dabreo further stressed that the Rotary Club's investment has not been confirmed. However, she noted that more discussions will be held at the Club.
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