Grenadians and visitors alike will get a learning experience on the effects of natural disasters through the Grenada Annual Disaster Awareness Showcase.
The event, which will be officially launched on September 5, will feature five days of excitement and thought provoking creativity at the Grenada Trade Centre.
The event is the brainchild of businessman Martin Bedeau and will be put on in partnership with the Government of Grenada and the Media Workers Association of Grenada (MWAG).
The theme for the event is, “Remembering the Past, Celebrating the Present and Preparing for the Future”.
The showcase begins on September 5 with an opening ceremony and an Appreciation Day in which all those who have contributed to Grenada before, during and after the passage of Hurricanes Ivan and Emily would be recognised for their contributions.
The following day will see the holding of a fashion show focusing on the clothing that people wore after the passage of Hurricane Ivan as a means to expose local designers and models to the endless possibilities that exist.
Heritage Theatre will also deliver a special performance on Hurricane Ivan while Author Richardo Keens Douglas (RKD) will launch his book entitled “Ai Ya Yai Ivan”.
The planned cultural extravaganza includes performances by some of the island’s leading theatre companies – Heritage, Family and Richardo Keens Douglas.
The 2014 Panorama Champions, New Dimension Steel Orchestra will also be involved in the extravaganza.
A number of booths will also be set up by specific groups like the Fire Service and Energy Service to focus on the need to be ready to deal with various types of disasters.
Financial and insurance institutions will also be invited to highlight the importance of being prepared, as well as financial planning for disasters and getting insured.
The showcase climaxes with the launch of an environmentally friendly device that stores solar energy to provide light and
The Disaster Awareness Showcase is intended to be an annual event specifically targeting school students, community-based organisations, the Conference of Churches of Grenada (CCG) and Service Clubs.
The organisers are hoping to use the event to increase public knowledge on natural, man-made and climate change related disasters that can happen anytime of the year, while motivating Grenadians to become more pro-active rather than reactive when it comes to natural disasters.