St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago, November 27th, 2019 (UWI) – Caribbean policy makers, practitioners, scientists and community representatives are set to meet in Sint Maarten this Sunday, December 1, to learn lessons from recovery efforts after two major disasters.
The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) in Saint Lucia through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Liberty FM 92.3, has broadened its hazard warning and dissemination capabilities nationally and locally in the south of the island for all hazards. This has been achieved through the installation of a new multi-hazard voice interrupt system. The voice interrupt system will allow NEMO to interrupt regular programming at the radio station to provide critical life-saving alerts to the public in the event of an impending hazard impact. The system is expected to contribute to community, national and regional efforts towards protecting lives and livelihoods through early warning. The fully functional system was tested during a tabletop exercise on 20 September, 2019 involving NEMO and the radio station. As part of the initiative, community and business persons as the primary beneficiaries were engaged in consultations to raise awareness on the new addition to warning dissemination tools in Soufriere.
The Commissioner of the Royal Bahamas Police Force wishes to advise the general public, that as of Sunday 8th September, 2019, officers have located and recovered forty-five (45) deceased persons from the hurricane affected areas, thirty-seven (37) from the island of Abaco and eight (8) from Grand Bahama.
We anticipate the discovery of more deceased persons, as the process of search and recovery progresses.
Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of Saint Lucia was among the regional leaders who expressed concern and support to The Bahamas, devastated by category five hurricane Dorian which struck on Sunday 1 September. It left extensive damage across the islands of Abaco and is currently pounding Grand Bahama.
Prime Minister Chastanet, whose island was spared the wrath of Dorian when it made its passage through the Lesser Antilles early last week, wrote on his Facebook page “our thoughts and prayers are with our brothers and sisters in the Bahamas and Florida.”
The CCC (CARICOM Competition Commission) is launching its inaugural CAR/COM Competition Commission (CCC) Secondary School Essay Competition, targeting secondary school students between the ages of 12 and 19 years. To be eligible, participants must be resident in a CARlCOM Member State. The categories and age as at the date of the deadline for essay submissions must be either:
- Category 1: 12-15 years
- Category 2: 16-19 years.
- Information officers receive Crisis Communication Training
- CRFM and CDEMA sign agreement to enhance disaster management and resilience in fisheries
- UNICEF and CDEMA partner to protect Caribbean children in disasters and emergencies
- NEMO to release tsunami warning signs video and launch an exhibition to commemorate "World Tsunami Awareness Day" (WTAD), November 5th, 2018