Contact:  Natasha Lettsome, Information Training Manager
Telephone:  494-4499
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Tuesday 26th June 2007 – The Virgin Islands Shipping Registry have assessed all designated marine shelters located throughout the Territory and have approved an official list for the Virgin Islands for 2007.  Ten shelters have been identified throughout the Territory. These marine shelters are located at Nanny Cay, Hodges Creek, Paraquita Bay Lagoon, Sea Cow’s Bay, & Sophers Hole Tortola, Trellis Bay and Hamms Creek Beef Island, The Bright Norman Island, Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke, and Gorda Sound Virgin Gorda.
Fishermen and boaters are being asked to identify a suitable marine shelter for their vessels in the event that they need to secure them.  Some marine shelters have designated moorings while others require the use of anchors.  In the case of the Paraquita Bay Lagoon this Marine Shelter is under the management of the BVI Marine Association.  Persons wishing to secure their vessels at this location should contact the BVI Marine Association to enquire about procedures for usage.

A detailed list of marine shelters and associated information can be obtained from the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry or from the Department of Disaster Management.


Tuesday 26th June 2007 – The 2007 official emergency shelter list has been verified and approved by the Building Authority & Environmental Health Unit in accordance with the Virgin Islands Disaster Management Act, 2003.  The list includes 34 shelters, which are located throughout the Territory.  These emergency shelters are divided into 3 distinct categories:  Primary, Secondary and Tertiary.

Eight primary shelters have been identified throughout the Territory. They are the Methodist & Church Hall Road Town, Anglican Church Hall Road Town, Long Trench, West End, Brewer’s Bay, and East End Long Look Community Centers on Tortola, St. Ursula’s Catholic Community Center on Virgin Gorda, and Emile Dunlop Community Center on Anegada.

In the event of an emergency these buildings would be occupied first and should provide occupancy for the length of the recovery period.  These facilities are outfitted with running water, showers, kitchen facility, and generator powered electricity.  All other shelters classified as secondary and tertiary will be opened on a priority basis.  

The Government makes significant investments on an annual basis to ensure that emergency shelters are retrofitted and maintained based on local and regional building  standards established for such critical facilities. A complete emergency shelter list will be published in local newspapers as a part of the hurricane preparedness campaign launched by the DDM.  Copies are also available at DDM offices at McNamara or at