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The need for an effective and reliable communications system is imperative in light of what experts have described as the most devastating hurricane season on record, rendering communities and islands cut-off from the rest of the world.

It is with this thrust that staff of the St. Lucia National Mental Wellness Centre via the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) conducted a one day training session in two way radio communication. Serona Leonce is the Chairperson of the Wellness Centre disaster committee.

Facilitator for the workshop Lionel Ellis noted that during a disaster the need for communication becomes a top priority and though many people rely on cell phone technology, the two way radio is the most reliable means of communication during and post disaster.

Ellis is spearheading a recommendation to have every government facility outfitted with radio communications and backup generator power in towns and villages, to communicate timely vital information which can save lives during a disaster.

The 2 way radio communication workshop was conducted at the conference room at the St. Lucia National Mental Wellness Centre.

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