Bridgetown, Barbados, July 6th, 2020 (CDEMA) - The highest decision-making body of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), which forms The Council of Ministers, recognised the leadership role of Agency and by extension the Participating States in the management of the COVID-19 event during the 10th Annual Ordinary Session, which was held via ZOOM over two days, June 26 and July 3, 2020. The Council noted the efforts being undertaken by the Agency to coordinate response and relief to the region amidst the COVID-19 pandemic specifically in facilitating the relief supplies hub for the region.
Bridgetown, Barbados, May 21st, 2020 (CDEMA) - SYNERGY 2020 will be held on Monday May 25th and will take the format of an online “War-Gaming” discussion from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (AST). The focus will be on the simultaneous regional coordination of a Health/ Biological Hazard (COVID-19) and a major Hurricane impact.
The start of the May rains reminds us that the threat of floods and shortly, the hurricane season, must now start to occupy the minds of the region's disaster risk management apparatus. This may seem daunting in the face of the Covid 19 pandemic which is already stretching resources. The economic impact of the pandemic will negatively affect response and recovery should countries suffer a weather-related disaster. In view of the April forecast by Colorado State University which calls for above normal activity for the 2020 North Atlantic season, the region must now start planning for the very real possibility of managing two major events concurrently.
Bridgetown, Barbados, May 13th, 2020 (CDEMA) - In response to the high demand for personal protective equipment (PPEs) and other medical supplies due to COVID-19, the United States has donated more than US $104,000 worth of PPE and other medical supplies for seven Eastern Caribbean countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
Bridgetown, Barbados, May 4th, 2020 (CDEMA) – Through a tangible demonstration of commitment towards the fight against COVID-19 in the region, the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions (CCCU), the apex regional association for Credit Unions through its Foundation donated US$ 25,000 towards CDEMA’s regional logistical operations for the COVID-19 response to its member countries.
- Elizabeth Riley appointed Executive Director (Acting) of CDEMA
- CDEMA’s Executive Director, Ronald Jackson bids farewell
- CDEMA and the UN convene Caribbean Partner Donor Group Meeting amid COVID-19 crisis
- CDEMA and CARDI Sign Regional Early Warning Systems Consortium (REWSC) Memorandum of Understanding