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Participation record pour l’exercice d’alerte au tsunami dans les Caraïbes

L’exercice d’alerte au tsunami qui s’est déroulé le 26 mars dans les Caraïbes a connu une participation sans précédent comparée aux tests effectués en 2011 et 2013. Organisé sous les auspices de la Commission océanographique intergouvernementale (COI) de l’UNESCO, cet exercice montre l’implication des pays concernés et la prise de conscience de la menace que représentent les tsunamis dans la région.

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World + 30 others
Record participation in Caribbean tsunami warning exercise

The level of participation in the tsunami warning exercise that took place on 26 March in the Caribbean was unprecedented, compared with similar exercises in 2011 and 2013. Organized under the auspices of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), it reflects the commitment of the countries concerned and a growing awareness of the tsunami threat in the region.

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Récord de participación en el simulacro de alerta de tsunamis en el Caribe

El ensayo de alerta de tsunami que se desarrolló el 26 de marzo en el Caribe obtuvo una participación sin precedentes comparado con otros que se habían desarrollado en 2011 y 2013. Organizado bajo los auspicios de la Comisión Oceanográfica Intergubernamental (COI) de la UNESCO, el ensayo muestra la implicación de los países concernidos y la toma de conciencia respecto a la amenaza que representan los tsunamis en la región.

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Brazil + 5 others
Climate Change Adaptation Planning in Latin American and Caribbean Cities

Report
World Bank

The World Bank’s Disaster Risk and Urban Development Unit in the Latin American and Caribbean Region (LCR) piloted a regional study and technical assistance initiative to strengthen climate adaptation planning for small and medium sized cities (SMSC) in LCR. The initiative’s main objective was to support small and medium sized cities with their adaptation planning for floods and landslides, two of the most recurrent climate-related hazards in the region.

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Humanitarian Bulletin Latin America and the Caribbean Volume 16 | October, November and December 2013

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Disasters in the reporting period affected 699,020 people. Drought and flooding were the biggest disasters.

  • Dengue in Latin America and the Caribbean affected more than 2.2 million people and killed 1,000 in 2013. Central America, the Dominican Republic and Paraguay were the most severely affected.

  • OCHA allocated US$2.5 million in CERF funds to assist people affected by drought in Bolivia, and $85,000 in emergency funds to assist those affected by heavy rainfall in the Lesser Antilles.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Boletín Humanitario América Latina y el Caribe Volumen 16 | Octubre, Noviembre y Diciembre, 2013

DESTACADOS

  • Los desastres ocurridos en el cuarto trimestre de 2013 (octubre, noviembre y diciembre) afectaron a unas 699,020 personas. La Sequía e inundaciones fueron los mayores desastres.

  • El Dengue en América Latina y el Caribe ha afectado a más de 2.2 millones de personas y dejado unas 1,000 muertes en 2013.
    América Central, República Dominicana y Paraguay han sido gravemente impactados.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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“We in the Caribbean Are Living Climate Change”

By Desmond Brown

MOCHO, Jamaica, Dec 10 2013 (IPS) - The Mocho Mountains that run through the centre of Jamaica were once covered by lush tropical forests that helped control rainfall. Now, much of the forests and farmlands have been destroyed and the community is hard hit by the resultant extreme weather.

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World + 15 others
The Right to Food in the CARICOM Region: An Assessment Report - April 2013

Right to Food Study, 2013.

This publication presents coherent and systematic information and analysis about: the current food and nutrition security situation in the CARICOM Region and in CARICOM Member States, and the relevant legal, policy and institutional environments in the Region with respect to the protection and realization of the right to food.

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Red Cross Preparing Caribbean Communities ahead of Storms

by Tamara Braunstein

As Tropical Storm Chantal moves westward across the Atlantic Ocean, the American Red Cross is working with its Caribbean partners to prepare for high winds and heavy rains from the storm.

The storm sustained top wind speeds of 50 mph early July 9, and forecasters predict that it could gain strength throughout the week as it enters the Caribbean Sea.

American Red Cross:

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives..


© Copyright, The American National Red Cross. All Rights Reserved.

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World + 4 others
How Rap Music is Saving Lives in the Caribbean

Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 26 through June 1, following the release of the official forecast for the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. This week, USAID is highlighting the work we do to help disaster-prone countries prepare for and recover from hurricanes.

AUTHOR: Robyn Fieser, Regional Information Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean, Catholic Relief Services

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World + 8 others
Climate Change: Sector Results Profile

Report
World Bank

Reinforcing Synergies between Development and Climate Change

A team of climate experts investigates the climate catastrophe that is brewing in countries like Nepal and Bangladesh. They discover victims of climate change who never made the headlines and find evidence that climate change has already started to hurt the countries' economies.

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World + 12 others
BM: La seguridad alimentaria de los más vulnerables

Report
World Bank

CIUDAD DE PANAMÁ, 6 de diciembre de 2012 – Un nuevo conjunto de herramientas busca garantizar la salud y la seguridad alimentaria y nutricional de las madres vulnerables y sus niños en América Latina y el Caribe en caso de eventos económicos externos adversos o desastres naturales.

Diseñado por expertos del Banco Mundial, el manual provee asesoría en programas de respuesta nutricional de emergencia para gestores de políticas en la región, que se reúnen en una conferencia especializada los días 6 y 7 de diciembre para evaluar la iniciativa.

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World + 22 others
Asamblea General OEA: países debaten Seguridad Alimentaria y otros asuntos

Los representantes de los Países Miembros de la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA) concluyeron hoy de exponer sus puntos de vista sobre la “Seguridad Alimentaria con Soberanía” durante la tercera plenaria de la XLII Asamblea General que se realiza en Cochabamba, Bolivia, en la que coincidieron en general sobre la necesidad de tomar medidas para mejorar la situación alimentaria en las Américas.

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Saint Lucia + 1 other
Red Cross helps St. Lucia volunteers save lives in hurricane season

Community learns pre-disaster training can be the difference between life and death

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 — The American Red Cross is working with partner Red Cross societies in countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to implement community disaster response training and, as one small community in St Lucia discovered, pre-disaster training can be the difference between life and death.

American Red Cross:

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives..


© Copyright, The American National Red Cross. All Rights Reserved.

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Anguilla + 20 others
Disaster loss reductions tools not being fully utilised

Barbados, Feb 18, 2005 (CDERA) - A released by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) today shows that some Caribbean countries are not fully utilising disaster loss reduction tools available to them.
The study has made a number of recommendations which if implemented could help in reducing the loss a country suffers as a result of a disaster.

- officially released today, was commissioned by CDERA as an important first step for knowing the status of these tools and to compile a database of relevant information and materials.

Vulnerability assessments and hazard