2019 Workshop, St. Thomas, Usvi


The USVI Storm Strong Program

The first USVI Storm Strong Workshop began on May 8, 2019.

This free 8-week program is designed to provide participants with a community-based, hurricane hazard preparedness program grounded in community leadership building skills. The group meets every Wednesday at the All Saints Cathedral School cafeteria where participants share a light dinner provided by the team.

In addition to gaining a greater sense of competency and confidence in relation to hurricanes and other natural disasters, participants will receive:

  • Special graduation ceremony on Friday, June 28, 2019.

  • Credits toward community service hours for high school students.

  • Cash stipend paid to families who complete the program.


The 2019 Workshop, St. Thomas, USVI


week 1

In this session, participants were given resources and tools for self-care through the lens of natural disasters. Guest speaker Dr. Marilyn Brathwaite Hall lead a discussion on essential self care skills, asking the question, “How can we best manage stress before, during and after a storm?”

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a little-discussed outcome of major storms; professional resources for managing PTSD and the importance of finding empathetic listeners as a way to manage stress was shared. Equally important to stress reduction is meditation and breathing techniques. Dr. Brathwaite Hall lead the group through a short guided meditation to demonstrate the effectiveness of meditation and breathwork on calming the body.

Go to Week 2 & 3