Oslyn Crosby, Public Relations and Education Officer with the National Disaster Management Agency in Grenada (NaDMA), is currently in the United States participating on the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). She is taking part in a three-week project on “Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management” from August 26 to September 13. The IVLP is the Department of State’s premier professional exchange program which brings together emerging leaders in their respective professions to learn from how U.S. experts in this profession operate, and to share best practices with the other program fellows.
NaDMA is responsible for coordinating all disaster-related activities on Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Ms. Crosby organizes all media and public awareness activities for NaDMA and is the official liaison between the media and that agency. During the program, she and other participants will examine best practices in emergency preparedness, management, planning, and coordination among federal, state, and local government and the private sector. Participants will also investigate how various stakeholders anticipate and develop contingency plans for natural disasters, pandemics, technological hazards, and/or terrorism threats, and explore public-private partnerships and programs that help communities heal from the trauma of disasters by offering leadership, restoring hope, and strengthening recovery plans.
Caption: Oslyn Crosby (center) meets with Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy Joaquin Monserrate (right) and Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Leland Lazarus (left) prior to her departure to the United States.