Crisis Management

  1. Islands of The Bahamas Crisis Manual
  2. Damage Assessment
  3. Bahamas Hotel Association Hurricane Policy
  4. Climate Change
  5. Hurricane Preparedness Checklist
  6. Hurricane Categories

The Islands of The Bahamas Crisis Manual

2007 Crisis Communications Manual

Crisis Communications Manual for the Islands of The Bahamas, prepared by:
Weber Shandwick
640 Fifth Avenue New York,
NY 10019 USA

Contact: RenÈ A. Mack
Phone: (212) 445-8123
Fax: (212) 445-8196

2006 Crisis Communications Manual

Stephanie Belsky Account Coordinator - Travel & Lifestyle Practice
640 Fifth Avenue New York,
NY 10019
t: (212) 445-8108
f: (212) 445-8196

2005 Tsunami Fact Sheet for the Caribbean

Barbados, Dec 29, 2004 (CDERA)

The proposed Inter-Americas Sea Tsunami Warning System (IAS TWS) for the Caribbean which was designed after many years of consultation with relevant parties was approved by the General Assembly of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) in June 2002.

2004 Crisis Communications Manual

Weber Shandwick
640 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10019

Contact: Rene A. Mack
Tel: (212) 445-8123

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Damage Assessment

2006 Damage Assessment Form

It is essential that we quickly gauge the initial impact of Hurricane {Name} on the hospitality industry. This will best position us to respond to media and travel partner inquiries as well as to assess the industryís readiness to return to business.

Please take a moment to complete this form and respond via fax, email or phone to:
Fax: 242-502-4220 and 242-325-2382
Email: and

WILMA - Online Damage Assessment Form

The Ministry of Tourism has begun to monitor the storm and will work to protect Bahamian residents and visitors as well as the reputation of the destination. Attached please find a damage assessment form for Hurricane Wilma for use should the storm impact The Bahamas. Please take a moment to ensure this is available to proper individuals while e-mail is still functioning.

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Bahamas Hotel Association Hurricane Policy

BHA 2005 Hurricane Cancellation Policy

Bahamian hotels have taken steps to minimize inconveniences to travellers who may experience disruptions in vacation plans due to hurricanes.

BHA 2003 Hurricane Cancellation Policy

Taking a proactive approach to dealing with hurricanes and their impact on vacationers, the directors of The Bahamas Hotel Association (BHA) once again will offer a formal policy on hotel reservation cancellations caused by hurricanes.

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Climate Change

The Kyoto Protocol

The negotiation of the Kyoto Protocol and its rulebook When they adopted the Convention, governments knew that its commitments would not be sufficient to seriously tackle climate change.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

This information is sourced from the website of the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change which, among other things, serves as well for communicating information related to the Kyoto Protocol. Over a decade ago, most countries joined an international treaty -- the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) -- to begin to consider what can be done to reduce global warming and to cope with whatever temperature increases are inevitable.

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Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

Key Points to Remember

BAHAMAS HURRICANE KIT - Key Points to Remember

2006 Bahamas Hurricane Preparedness Tips

The best time to prepare for the 2006 hurricane season is before it begins. In the event of a hurricane within The Islands Of The Bahamas, the Ministry of Tourism will coordinate communications with representatives throughout the islands to gather information and develop status reports. It is important to communicate accurate and timely information to the media and the public. Effective teamwork between the public and private sectors will facilitate better crisis management and communications.

Making Insurance Claims

This feature article was written by Stan Smith of Smith Orloff & Associates, insurance loss consultants to the Caribbean hotel sector. Smith Orloff has extensive experience in the Caribbean representing the policyholder with their insurance company in catastrophic losses. Stan Smith is collaborating with CAST in the development and delivery of the Hurricane Preparedness & Response Training Workshops. Contact Smith Orloff at (610)-526-2213, (215)-886-1204

Boating Safety Tips

Protecting boats from a storm may be the most time-consuming portion of a hurricane plan. As important as that boat may be, you can not allow it to interfere with the needs to protect human life. If you secure the boat first, you can concentrate the remaining time on preparing your home or hotel facility.

Pre-Hurricane Season Preparedness

Things to do before the hurricane season approaches.

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

Hurricane season begins June 01 and lasts until November 30. It you wait until a storm is approaching to prepare, you will run into many of the same problems that people who wait will face: long lines, few or no supplies. The key is preparation. Be prepared to operate as independently as you can.

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Hurricane Categories

Hurricanes are evaluated in a number of ways. Storms are assigned a category based on winds, storm surge and barometric pressure, using the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Category One: Winds of 74-95 miles per hour, making them the weakest of hurricanes. Even these storms can generate a strorm surge of 4 to 5 feet above normal high tide.

Category Two: Winds of up to 110 miles per hour and can push a storm surge of 6 to 8 feet.

Category Three: Winds can reach 130 miles per hour. This is the cut-off for major hurricanes with commensurate storm surge potential of 9 to 12 feet.

Category Four: Winds can be as high as 155 miles per hour, and such a storm brings a 13 to 18 foot surge.

Category Five: Winds greater than 155 miles per hour are very rare. These monsters can have storm surges of over 20 feet. Only 2 such hurricanes have hit the U.S. this century ? Camille in 1969 and Labor Day Storm of 1935. There are many hazards associated with hurricanes and steps should be taken to minimize risk.

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Gabriella Fraser
Direcor of Onshore Communications
Tel: (242) 302-2000

Stephen Russell
National Disaster Coordinator,
Cabinet Office,
PO Box N-7145
Tel: (242) 322-6081

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