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s Irma’s arrival on 6 September 2017 turns from months to years, the lessons from this catastrophic hurricane need to be reflected in stronger building codes, improved planning and a better understanding of insurance. For those who could afford it, or who had adequate insurance coverage, the necessity of rebuilding stronger and more resilient homes was clear, but not all have had the means to do so. Government and insurance companies each need to take a lead, to ensure that, should the BVI be impacted again by another Category 5 hurricane, buildings will be better constructed to withstand the impacts of a major storm. In time, people will look back at the lessons learned from Irma, whether in terms of its physical intensity, how the government responded and what help came from the international community or perhaps the psychological impacts on those who experienced Irma first hand. For sure, many will wonder how, with all that destruction, so few lives were lost on 6 September. For now, we continue to rebuild, determined to see the British Virgin Islands emerge from a significant natural catastrophe to become a country where resilience, vision and hope will shape the future. | BB

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The theme for the July 2019 edition is ‘A View Beyond the Horizon’, which is intended to reflect where the territory is post 2017, while at...

Business BVI July 2019  

The theme for the July 2019 edition is ‘A View Beyond the Horizon’, which is intended to reflect where the territory is post 2017, while at...

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