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
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.