Dominica’s first Emergency Communications Center opened in Wotten Waven on Thursday.
Inspired by the life- threatening events following Hurricane Maria, the Emergency Radio Communications Center collaborated with the Foundation for Amateur International Radio Service in the United States to train individuals in amateur radio communications.
Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Valley Constituency Dr. Collin McIntyre told the opening ceremony, Hurricane Maria created opportunities for the establishment of such facilities in Dominica.
The new Wotten Waven Emergency Communications Center cost over $20,000 and is expected to serve the community well in the event of a disaster.
Chairman of the Wotten Waven Development Committee Clement Pierre- Louis, said the equipment used for the project can be stored and reassembled in the event of any disaster.
Meantime, Deputy Chairman Garth Lewis, whose life was saved because of the use of emergency radio system after Hurricane Maria advised that amateur radio communication systems are necessary for every community.