The Government of Turks & Caicos Islands has hired FGS Global for the development of a crisis management strategy to reduce the “reputational impact” suffered from a wave of violence that has rocked the Caribbean archipelago of 58K people since September.
There have been 15 fatal shootings since early last month, including Kent Carter, first VP of the NAACP Arlington branch.
The vacationing Carter was shot on Oct. 2 after a gunman fired into his vehicle. Another passenger also was murdered, and three others were injured.
The UK Royal Navy sent a ship with specialized police to TCI on Oct. 2 to help deal with the gang violence brought on by drug trafficking, turf wars and retribution, according to the Associated Press. TCI is a British overseas territory.
The WPP unit will respond to “requests to mitigate negative impressions as a result of a recent tourist incident and preceding and ongoing incidents of violence in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”
The objective of FGS Global’s engagement is to “help the island’s leaders maintain the reputation of the island as a safe, secure resort destination.”
It is responsible for crisis counseling, reputation management and media relations assistance, including writing and distributing statements to North American, Canadian, Caribbean and ethnic press.
The firm prepared remarks for TCI premier Washington Misick and other leaders regarding police investigations and steps to address the mayhem.
FGS Global began work for T&C on Oct. 5. The one-month agreement carries a fee of $42K.
Vickee Jordan Adams, partner; Kirsti Hastings, managing director; Benjamin Waldron, director; and Lalaine Vergara, associate, handle the TCI business.