Nevis Disaster Management Facility Named After Former Coordinator

Ambassador Mary Ourisman and Premier Joseph Parry

US Ambassador Ourisman and Nevis Premier Parry (R)
Photo By Erasmus Williams

Charlestown, Nevis
November 14th, 2008

The Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Joseph Parry and Her Excellency, Mary Ourisman, the United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, unveiled the  new name of the Nevis Disaster Management Facility at Long Point on Thursday afternoon.

The name of the facility was revealed as the, Llewellyn Newton Disaster Management Facility.

During the ceremony, Premier Parry reminisced about his role as the First National Co-coordinator of Disaster Preparedness. He informed the audience that Mr. Llewellyn Newton was his able assistant.

“In those humble days it was just Mr. Newton and I who worked without an office, equipment or headquarters. Over the years Mr. Newton worked very hard to build a facility on the island of Nevis. He worked with CEDERA,St. Kitts and the Regional Police Forces and organizations. He was not afraid to ask, to seek assistance or beg and now out of these efforts, we have this building opened by the U.S ambassador today,” Premier Parry said.

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Nevis Island’s Disaster Management Facility Opens

Nevis Island's Disaster Management Unit

Nevis Island’s Disaster Management Unit

Charlestown, Nevis
November 11, 2008

The Premier of Nevis, Hon. Joseph Parry in collaboration with the regional United States Embassy, will officially open the Nevis Disaster Management Facility at Long Point at 2:00 pm on Thursday, 13th November.

The United States Ambassador to the region, Her Excellency, Mary Ourisman will be attending the ceremony along with Federal Representatives, Nevis Island Administration officials and invited guests. The program will include brief remarks by the U.S. Ambassador; the Hon Joseph Parry, who is also the Minister responsible for Disaster Management and Mr. Lester Blackett, Director of the Nevis Disaster Management Department.

The 110′ x 44′ building is a hurricane resistant, steel framed building that will house the Nevis Disaster Management Department (NDMD) staff, Emergency Operating center and Warehouse.  There are air conditioned offices, a general office, a combined and interchangeable training/conference/EOC agency room, a warehouse outfitted with racks and 2 rollup doors to provide access for containerized or unconsolidated goods. Also included are 4 bathrooms, 2 showers, a kitchenette, communications room, library and data storage room.

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