Bridgetown, Barbados July 23rd, 2019 (CDEMA) – Twenty-five (25) representatives from across CDEMA’s 18 Participating States are benefiting from a Regional Tsunami Technical Training Workshop being held in Barbados from July 23 to 26, 2019. The workshop is an activity of a project where Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago are direct beneficiaries. However, all 18 member countries of CDEMA stand to benefit from the project’s outcome of an enhanced Regional Tsunami Hazard Plan.
CDEMA kicks off Synergy Exercise focused on Strengthening Regional Coordination in Disaster Management
Bridgetown, Barbados, July 12th, 2019 (CDEMA): The Regional Operational Preparedness and Response Exercise entitled SYNERGY, commenced yesterday hosted by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in association with CARICOM and Global Affairs Canada. Participants from national, regional and international agencies came together for the simulation exercise designed to test the Regional Coordination Mechanism in response to emergency events that can impact CDEMA’s 18 Participating States.
The Region bolsters its capacity in information management & needs assessment as it continues to prepare for peak Atlantic Hurricane Season
Bridgetown, Barbados, July 9th, 2019 (CDEMA) – Representatives from participating states of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and staff of the CDEMA Coordinating Unit are benefiting from an Information Management & Assessment Workshop being held in Barbados, July 8-10, 2019. The workshop, which is being implemented under the project “Strengthen integrated and cohesive preparedness capacity at a regional, national and community level in the Caribbean”, is being facilitated by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA).
Bridgetown, Barbados, July 8th, 2019 (CDEMA) - CDEMA and the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today at CDEMA Headquarters ensuring cooperation on disaster risk management. The MoU, which was signed by Prime Minister of Sint Maarten, Honourable Leona Marlin-Romeo and Executive Director of CDEMA, Ronald Jackson, will apply to the islands of Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and the Netherlands including the public entities of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba. The cooperation aims to limit the impacts of climate change by strengthening the conditions necessary for sustainable regional development.
Jamaica will host the region’s highest forum for reviewing progress on reducing disaster losses in Latin America and the Caribbean in July 2020 as the year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season gets underway.
The 7th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction will be the first in the series to be staged in the Caribbean and takes place as UN Member States strive to meet the 2020 deadline for having in place national and local strategies for disaster risk reduction.
Caribbean states explore the use of Social Protection Programmes to provide relief during emergencies
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), and the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands, are holding a high-level symposium on 27 June to discuss how national social protection programmes and systems can play a greater role in disaster risk management and in emergency response.
CDRU Training being held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in preparation of the 2019 Hurricane Season
Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, June 12th, 2019 (CDEMA) – The annual CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) Training Workshop officially commenced in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Monday June 10th hosted by CDEMA and the Regional Security System Headquarters (RSS HQ). Twenty-eight persons from military, fire and police operations in CDEMA’s Participating States will be trained for disaster response until June 18th.
Bridgetown, Barbados, May 31st, 2019 (CDEMA) - The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season is officially under way and CDEMA is strengthening its forces to respond effectively to Participating States. Executive Director of CDEMA Ronald Jackson has assured that many strides have been taken over the past year to reassess its plans. Speaking at a press conference held on May 31st, Jackson highlighted a report by Colorado State University which predicted 13 named hurricanes. Five are likely to become major hurricanes and two have the potential to be above category three.
Roseau , Dominica, May 20th, 2019 (CDEMA) - Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Saint Lucia and St. Kitts and Nevis have commenced consultations toward the development of a National Safe School Policy. The Consultations are being held over a two week period, from May 13 – 24, 2019. The National Safe School Policy will provide the context for the amendment of existing legislation to integrate Disaster Risk Reduction and environmental protection measures for schools in the implementing countries.