Welcome to Learn & Lead Disaster Consultancy
Learn & Lead Disaster Consultancy, a division of Learn & Lead Educational Center is the only private disaster management consultancy firm in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Over the last few years, it has become clear that disaster management in the TCI is everybody's concern. Allow L & L Disaster Consultancy, through the following services, to help you to learn to prepare in order to lead your organization in a crisis.
The Caribbean is the second most hazard prone region in the world with disasters
resulting from natural hazards such as hurricanes and tropical storms, earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, landslides and drought which have caused an estimated US$8 billion in direct losses in the last 26 years. In 2008 as a result of the passage of Hurricane Ike and Hanna, the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) saw over 200 Million in damage and losses without a direct hit on Providenciales the tourism and economic hub of the country (CDEMA 2012, TCI Recovery Plan 2009).
Though the terrain of the TCI is predominantly low-lying and is covered with flat limestone, with extensive marshes and mangrove (red and black) swamps, its coral reef system is the third largest in the world with over 93,898 acres of inter-tidal sand banks and mud flats which offers some natural defense to hazardous events. Given coastal and marine ecosystems, population centers and tourism infrastructure are located primarily in narrow coastal zones which are at risk of storm surge, coastal
erosion, wind damage and inland floods, this causes the TCI to be particularly vulnerable to natural hazards and disasters (CDEMA 2012, DEPS 2005).
Moreover, regional climate system models suggest temperature increases for the Caribbean, resulting in an increased frequency and/or intensity in weather systems; and a rise in sea level as a result of ocean warming that is approximately five times greater than the world’s average. This means that without anticipatory adaptation, climate change is likely to exacerbate disaster risk in the Caribbean to a level that may threaten its economic viability (CDEMA 2012).