CDEMA Information Note #1 - Epidemiology Update Novel Coronavirus as of 6:00PM (AST) on January 24th, 2020
- On 21 January 2020, The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus. Currently WHO IHR Emergency Committee is meeting to discuss possibility of declaring the outbreak A Public Health Emergency of International Concern
- A PHEIC is declared if an extraordinary event poses a public health threat to other nations through the spread of disease and requires a more robust coordinated international response.
- The risk of transmission to the Caribbean is LOW
- WHO, CDC have assessed the risk level low but this may change in coming days based on international spread.
St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago, December 9th, 2019 (UWI) – Dr. Joan Latchman, Seismologist at The UWI Seismic Research Centre (UWI- SRC), has received a regional award for her contribution to disaster management in the Caribbean. At a special ceremony during the 11th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management in Maho, Sint Maarten, Dr. Latchman received the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Council Award 2019 for her contribution to “knowledge management and learning for comprehensive disaster management”.
Bridgetown, Barbados, December 11th, 2019 (CDEMA) - Given the region’s high vulnerability to natural and technological hazards, the need for smart tools and technologies to support regional preparedness and response for disasters remains a key priority for the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and its partners.
Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency & Caribbean Center for Disaster Medicine establish partnership to improve region’s health care preparedness
CUPECOY, Sint Maarten, December 5th, 2019 (CDEMA) – With a focus on improving the delivery of health care services in the Caribbean in times of disaster, leaders from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the Caribbean Center for Disaster Medicine (CCDM) signed an agreement today to increase collaboration between the groups. The Honorable Silveria Jacob, Prime Minister of Sint Maarten, addressed attendees at the signing ceremony, speaking on the impact of Hurricane Irma and the importance of building resiliency.
CDEMA and The European Union launch the 11th EDF Natural Disaster Facility in the CARIFORUM Programme
Sint Maarten, December 4th, 2019, (CDEMA) - The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) along with the European Union launched the 11th EDF Natural Disaster Facility in the CARIFORUM Programme. This initiative aims to contribute to the reduction of the vulnerability to disaster risks, and to promote the sustainable development of the countries of this region.
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.
Castries, Saint Lucia, November 12th, 2019 (CDEMA) – Over the last 15 years in the Caribbean, there have been observed improvements in early warning systems (EWS). However, one area requiring improvement is the governance framework including a national multi-hazard early warning systems (MHEWS) policy. To this end, a draft model national multi-hazard early warning systems policy and adaptation guide was developed and is being validated at a workshop in Saint Lucia on November 12, 2019.
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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.