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British Virgin Islands: DDM hosts successful result- based management training

The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is continuing efforts to improve its performance and efficiency levels as well as that of its partners.

Recently, the department in collaboration with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) through the Regional Comprehensive Disaster Management Harmonization Implementation Project which is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), embarked on a training session in pursuit of this objective.

The three-day training focused on a Results-Based

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Anguilla + 20 others
Strengthening disaster management capacity in the Caribbean region

Explanatory Memorandum

1 - Rationale, needs and target population :

1.1. - Rationale :

The Caribbean region experiences multiple natural disasters. Tropical storms often take the form of a hurricane1, and the hurricane season lasts for six months. There are also floods, flash floods, tsunamis, landslides and mudslides. Some islands suffer from earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The physical risk is combined with socioeconomic factors, such as high population density, fast demographic growth and great poverty. The combination of these factors results in very vulnerable communities,

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Bahamas + 8 others
Strengthening disaster management capacity in the Caribbean region


Location of operation:CARIBBEAN

Amount of decision: EUR 500,000

Decision reference number: ECHO/-CR/BUD/2005/01000

Explanatory Memorandum

1 - Rationale, needs and target population:

1.1. - Rationale:

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Church World Service - Hurricane Relief Update

Church World Service Emergency Response Program
Account #6273 $300,000

Situation

Six-months after four major hurricanes -- Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne -- and tropical storm Bonnie -- wreaked havoc in the state, Floridians still face challenges rebuilding their lives and homes. During a grueling six-week period, beginning August 12, 2004, the five systems caused 130 fatalities and an estimated $60 billion in damage to the state. No state has sustained similar devastation from natural disaster in such a short period time in more than 100 years.

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USAID assistance continues long after hurricane winds subside

Long after Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne exhausted themselves, USAID continues to play a role in their clean-up in many Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) countries.

USAID has provided an estimated $22 million in assistance in the Caribbean in response to the hurricane devastation of the late summer - early autumn months, directed from USAID's Office on Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).

Flood Waters in Haiti after Hurricane Jeanne

The U.S. Congress has more recently appropriated an additional $100 million to the region in response to the hurricanes.

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Colombia + 4 others
USAID: Assistant Administrator Franco sees creative partnerships as new spark for LAC regional development

USAID plans to increase efforts aggressively to form public - private partnerships in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, Assistant Administrator Adolfo Franco told a major conference of Caribbean and Central American Action on Wednesday, Dec, 7 in Miami, FL.

He said the push for creative partnerships was a new directive from USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios.

"Essential to achieving our vision for prosperity in the hemisphere is the notion of partnerships.... especially partnerships in pursuit of President Bush's free trade agenda, partnerships

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Cayman Islands + 2 others
Caribbean welcomes end of difficult hurricane season

by Allison Ali in Trinidad

The end of the 2004 hurricane season has been welcomed by residents of the Caribbean. For some it means a break from the heavy rains and strong winds they have been experiencing, while for others in countries like Grenada, Jamaica, Bahamas and Cayman Islands, it signals a time to concentrate their efforts on rebuilding their lives, as well as preparing for the 2005 hurricane season, which experts predict will be worse than this year.

This year's hurricane season saw four major hurricanes - Charley, Francis, Ivan and Jeanne - make their way through

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Red Cross celebrates end of hurricane season

Written by Lesly C. Hallman , Staff Writer, RedCross.org

Wednesday, December 01, 2004 -- American Red Cross volunteers around the country are breathing a collective sigh of relief thanks to the official end of hurricane season on November 30th. This year's season was one of unprecedented storms and an equally unprecedented response from the Red Cross and other relief agencies.

The Red Cross began to mobilize its staff and volunteers on Aug. 11, in advance of the arrival of Tropical Storm Bonnie and Hurricane Charley, expected to land in the Gulf Coast. While

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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Bahamas + 5 others
Hurricane season in the Caribbean causes more than US$2.2 billion in losses

The devastating effect of hurricanes Ivan and Jeanne, which hit the Caribbean in September and October 2004, caused substantial damage to the economies of several countries. According to a preliminary evaluation by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), direct and indirect losses from these natural disasters have reached more than US$2.2 billion in four countries: the Bahamas, Grenada, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, while damage to Haiti and the Cayman Islands are still under study.

According to the ECLAC specialists in

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Bahamian hurricane recovery gets OAS boost

The Commonwealth of The Bahamas today received another financial boost to its hurricane recovery efforts, thanks to a donation from the Organization of American States' (OAS) Inter-American Emergency Aid Fund (FONDEM). This latest OAS contribution will go towards reconstruction in the Caribbean nation, which was among those severely battered by hurricanes Frances and Jeanne last September.

The OAS' Acting Secretary General, Ambassador Luigi Einaudi, presented the $20,000 check to Ambassador Joshua Sears of The Bahamas, during a brief ceremony held at the Organization's headquarters.

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Church World Service continues hurricane recovery efforts

New York, NY - In what has been the most active hurricane season in a decade, residents of Florida, Alabama, and at least seven other states on the east coast continue to recover from the devastation wrought by four major hurricanes -- Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne. In all, the storms claimed more than 70 lives in the United States, damaged more than 100,000 homes, and disrupted the lives of millions.

The Church World Service response to this multi-state emergency represents a long-term commitment. CWS Disaster

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Grenada + 2 others
U.S. providing $100 million in hurricane recovery assistance to the Caribbean

2004-103

Washington D.C. - The United States is launching a $100 million hurricane recovery program from Congressionally provided funds to assist the nations of the Caribbean hit by the recent hurricanes in the region. This additional $100 million will bring the total U.S. response to the disasters in the Caribbean up to $46 million for Haiti, $46.7 million for Grenada, $22.2 million for Jamaica and $2.5 million for other islands. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will administer this program.

The U.S. assistance program in Haiti

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General Assembly discusses provision of humanitarian assistance, need to ensure safety of relief workers


Fifty-ninth General Assembly
Plenary
51st & 52nd Meetings (AM & PM)

With the number of complex emergencies on the rise worldwide, the United Nations General Assembly today tackled one of the international community’s toughest emerging challenges: the need to safeguard the well-being of civilians, ensure the security of relief workers, and promote recovery and development while providing overall assistance in a manner consistent with humanitarian principles.

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Haiti + 3 others
The United States announces hurricane recovery program for the Caribbean

Richard Boucher, Spokesman, Washington, DC

The United States is launching a $100 million hurricane recovery program as part of our commitment to helping the nations of the Caribbean hit hardest by Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne.

This $100 million in assistance is in addition to our initial disaster assistance totalling $19.4 million. It will give urgent attention to restoring people's livelihoods and shelter while reducing the region's vulnerability to similar events in the future.

The primary targeted countries under

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UMCOR Hotline 02 Nov 2004: US, Haiti, Grenada

United States: A Million Volunteer Hours and Counting

Volunteers have put in more than a million hours in recovery projects in the regions of the United States pummeled by multiple hurricanes and tropical storms earlier this fall. In Florida alone, up to 1,000 new volunteers have signed up with the United Methodist Storm Recovery Center for work details over the next year.

In Western Pennsylvania and Ohio, UMCOR grants are assisting cleanup after heavy flooding and high winds swept north, damaging homes and businesses and displacing people in their wake.

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Bahamas + 7 others
Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas - Issue No. 97, Oct 2004

(Extract)

In May 2004, the U.S. National Hurricane Center called for a 50% probability of an above-normal hurricane season. Several of these storms battered the Caribbean and parts of the U.S, leaving a wake of devastation. Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne proved to be most deadly, reminding us that disaster preparedness efforts cannot cease.

HURRICANE JEANNE

Haiti

Jeanne had already been downgraded to a tropical storm when it hit Haiti, but nonetheless, heavy rains caused serious flash floods in the Artibonite and North West departments of the

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Bahamas + 5 others
The Caribbean: Hurricanes Fact Sheet #6 (FY 2005)

Note: This report updates the last fact sheet dated October 20, 2004.

NUMBERS AT A GLANCE
SOURCE
Haiti 300,000 people affected OCHA1 - October 1
Grenada 100,000 people affected OCHA - October 1
Bahamas 8,000 people affected IFRC2 - October 4
Jamaica 19,000 people evacuated to shelters ODPEM3 - September 23
Dominican Republic
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Sudan + 3 others
UMCOR Hotline 26 Oct 2004: Sudan, Haiti, Grenada, US

Sudan: UMCOR Team Heads for Darfur

The United Nations calls it "a crisis out of control." A 14-year-old resident of an internally displaced persons' camp in the region told an aid worker, "We have lost everything." To this place of loss-- the Sudanese region of Darfur-- UMCOR last week dispatched a team of workers. Over the next three weeks, the team will explore ways to expand the agency's involvement in delivering aid. United Methodist donations are already supporting UMCOR aid in the area. The agency

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Generosity of American Red Cross financial supporters ensures Hurricane Relief Operation costs will be met

Red Cross has adequate funds for response to Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne; still needs donations for Disaster Relief Fund for future disasters

WASHINGTON, Thursday, October 21, 2004 - Due to extraordinary generosity from across the country, the American Red Cross believes that current contributions and pledges, when received, will be sufficient to cover the estimated costs of the Red Cross response to Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. However, the American Red Cross still needs by contributions to its local Red Cross

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.