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1 Presented By: Jamell Robinson Director Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies Turks and Caicos Islands

2 Content Background Recovery Plan Development Process Management Structure of Recovery Process Recovery Process Selection Criteria for Residential Housing Challenges Lost Opportunities Successful Recovery Projects Recommendations

3 Background - Event Hurricane Ike impacted on the TCI 6 th – 7 th September 2008 Passed south of islands as Cat 4 with 135 mph winds observed Primarily affected the Grand Turk, Salt Cay and South Caicos

4 Background - Impact No lives lost 95% of All Buildings Damaged (Primarily impacted Islands) Over 700 homes lost Electricity and water were disrupted for an extended period Over $US 200 million in damage to assets and production losses with increased operational expenses and revenue losses

5 Recovery Plan Development Process Recovery plan was developed ad-hoc Technical support provided to the TCI by UNDP and DFID – CARICAD Recovery Advisor and Disaster Management Advisor Consultative process – Series of key stakeholder meetings – Representation made by Disaster Management, Education, Health, NGO’s, Civil Society, Private sector and Others Plan content developed included: – Strategic Priorities; Governance; List of Recovery Tasks and Activities; Time Frames and Key Assumptions; Rationale for Prioritizing Projects; Resourcing the Recovery Effort.

6 Management Structure of Recovery Process Recovery Task Force (RTF) set up to lead and coordinate Recovery with the public sector leading the Recovery process. The non-government sectors – private, NGO, CBO were co-opted as full partners. The RTF is Chaired by the P/S Finance and reports directly to Cabinet Meetings of the Recovery Task Force were held weekly and more often if required Sub committees were set up to reflect and develop needs Infrastructure; Utilities; Facilities; Accommodation; Social Services; Public information, education and awareness; Environmental management; National Security; and Economic and commercial activities A Standard Reporting Format was devised for sub-committees of the RTF

7 Management Structure of Recovery Process Cont’d Disaster Recovery Board (DRB) established to oversee the use of a five million pounds Sterling Grant that was provided by the United Kingdom Government Chaired by the Governor of the TCI The Board considered projects submitted by the Recovery Task Force Guidelines for operations of the Board were laid out in a Memorandum of Understanding between TCIG and UKG

8 Recovery Process RTF Sub-Committees were tasked with the development of short and long-term programs and projects Projects and Programs prioritized based on 5 star sectoral system Further prioritization would take place at meetings of RTF based on an 8 star territorial/national system Initial approval sort by DRB Structural and Bills of Quantity Assessments Tendering Process Final Approval by DRB and Awarding of Contract

9 Recovery Process Cont’d SECTORAL RATIONALE FOR PRIORITIZING PROJECTS TERRITORIAL RATIONALE FOR PRIORITIZING PROJECTS 1. Provides protection from the elements for workers and critical assets or equipment 2. Contributes to the quality of life and wellbeing 3. Reduces expenditure 4. Has linkages with other sectors 5. Contributes to vulnerability reduction 1. Restores critical infrastructure or capacity 2. Provides major economic and social benefit 3. Preserves or improves national security 4. Reduces vulnerability to hazards 5. Contributes to sustainable development 6. Satisfies a multi-island need 7. Restores or protects the natural environment 8. Supports Climate Change Adaptation

10 Selection Criteria for Residential Housing Initially a multi-stakeholder assessment team was established but subsequently subsumed by the Housing Sub- committee Members: Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME); Housing Department; Engineering and Maintenance Service (EMS); TCI Red Cross, Pastor’s Fraternal; Social Development; Opposition Representative; Ministry of Finance Representative and others Eligibility for the program determined based on the following: Household Income Above $35,000; Having Housing Insurance Rental Property Land Ownership Persons prioritized by 9 point system Information collected: Elderly (65+); No Home Insurance; No Savings; Unqualified for a Loan; No Support from Relatives; Disable; Several Dependents; Unemployed; Single Parent Home.

11 Challenges Human Resource Limitation and Allocation Lack of a Structural Engineering Capacity to undertake extensive tasks Delayed assigning of dedicated Attorney by Attorney General’s Chambers Prerequisite of Recovery Plan Completion before funds could be released Enthusiasm Gap Experienced Selection of Housing Assistance beneficiaries Collection of accurate data Identification of suitable land for possible relocation Land Ownership in General Ability to accommodate non citizens – Humanitarian issue

12 Lost Opportunities Cancellation of a Donor Conference Decision to only use UK Funds for infrastructural improvements directly related to Hurricane Ike’s Impact Salt Cay Breakwater Allocation of Caribbean Catastrophic Risk Insurance Facility Funds primarily on response efforts $3.5 Million use for providing hot meals through two soup kitchens in Grand Turk and one in South Caicos

13 Successful Recovery Projects (100 +) Salt Cay Shelter Before Salt Cay Shelter After

14 Successful Recovery Projects Cont’d Canal Before Canal After

15 Successful Recovery Projects Cont’d TCICC Auditorium Before TCICC Auditorium After

16 Successful Recovery Projects Cont’d Old Airport Hanger Before Old Airport Hanger After

17 Successful Recovery Projects Cont’d Medical Clinic before Medical Clinic After

18 Recommendations Plan in Advance Critical Pathway must be defined and addressed i.e. Resource implications Flexibility within the recovery process is a necessity when dealing with the many challenges that will arise during the process Utilization of existing processes are important Public relations are a very key component of the recovery process

19 Come Visit!!! Any Questions???

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