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Redesigning & Rebuilding: Jungle Bay’s Hurricane Resilience

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OBMI Discusses Redesigning and Rebuilding Jungle Bay After Tropical Storm Erika Devastation

Tourism development in the Caribbean is largely dependent on people associating the region with beautiful images of aqua blue waters and white sand beaches. However, in the Caribbean region, hurricanes are a fact of life, and when they hit they can cause significant destruction to land and properties. Caribbean hotel developers and operators can help ensure travelers vision of paradise during hurricane season by crafting a disaster risk management strategy and plan of action to minimize loss of life and property.

In August 2015, Tropical Storm Erika inflicted extreme damage to the multiple-award-winning Jungle Bay Resort in Dominica. The resort was hit by a landslide from the mountains that severely damaged several of the cottages. Luckily no one at Jungle Bay was injured thanks to the efforts coordinated by resort owner, Sam Raphael, who relocated guests to a hurricane shelter and later airlifted them out of the country proving, that when storms approach a region, time is critical to ensure the safety of guests and communication with the outside.

When the time came to assess damages, and prepare restoration, Raphael hoped to find a solution to rebuild his resort in the same location to support the people in South-East Dominica who helped to make the Jungle Bay brand so successful. However, the area’s vulnerability and geological sensitivity forced him to look elsewhere. Determined to stay in Dominica, Raphael and his architects, OBM International, went on an exhaustive journey to find a new site to relocate Jungle Bay that would be better suited to withstand any potential damage from mother nature.