About the Agency
The Agency will be responsible for ensuring that the activities underlying the Recovery and Development Plan are carried out while Government returns to its regular functions. Its separation from the existing government systems allows the Agency to have well-defined transparency and accountability systems of international standards to ensure effective utilization of funds as well as instill donor confidence. The Agency will have a limited five-year mandate.
Hurricane Irma is the most powerful hurricane to impact the Caribbean region in recorded history. The BVI bore the brunt of Irma’s devastation with its eye passing over the Territory on September 6th, 2017 and it more than 185 miles per hour sustained winds gusting to 215 miles per hour. Irma’s destructive winds and storm surge caused widespread and catastrophic damage to the BVI road infrastructure, housing and building stock, ports, telecommunications, electrical infrastructure, schools, and other critical facilities. It also devastated the terrestrial and marine environment and caused significant coastal and beach erosion. In turn, the social and economic order of the Territory has been severely impacted.
The Government of the Virgin Islands has created a Hurricane Recovery Plan to serve as the roadmap to return the Territory to normalcy in the short-term and strengthen its long-term sustainability and resilience. The Plan will fulfill the dual objective of creating the enabling environment for individuals and businesses to drive economic recovery and growth and establishing new standards of governance of the British Virgin Islands.
This site is the BVI Government’s official source of information for all matters related to the Territory’s recovery.
THE RECOVERY COMMITTEES
There are two committees responsible for managing the recovery:
- The Disaster Recovery Coordinating Committe (DRCC) consists of the Financial Secretary, Director of Communication, Director of Projects, MOF, Chief Planner, Ex. Director BVI Finance, MD of FSC, Chairman BVI Tourist Board, Director DDM and Cooperative Specialists, Director of International Business Development. This group focuses on the higher level strategic and policy issues focused on aligning the ministerial and the operational, oversight/guidance, policy changes, address financial matters and finalising changes to long-term processes. Members of the DRCC also head up working committees which assist with the development of sector action plans.
- The Disaster Recovery Task Force (DRTF) consists of Permanent Secretaries along with other technical and specialist Government officials. Members of the DRTF are focused on the execution of operational implementation of Action Plans.