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07 Dec 2018 description

JULIA RAWLINS-BENTHAM

Owning a piece of the rock is the dream of many Barbadians. That prime piece of land is chosen, and plans for that dream home are drawn according to taste and style and the mortgage acquired.

But, too often, little consideration is given to the risks caused by hazards to which the chosen plot is exposed. These hazards could range from floods, storm surge, wind damage, landslides, hurricanes and earthquakes.

05 Dec 2018 description

With the support of the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Organisation (ECHO), WFP has partnered with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to build capacity within CDEMA and its 18 Participating States. To date, WFP has successfully conducted two end-to-end (E2E) supply chain management trainings – one national training in Dominica and a sub-regional training in Barbados.

01 Dec 2018 description

Hurricane Maria impacted the Caribbean nation of Dominica on September 18, 2017 as a category 5 hurricane causing death, destruction and despair to the country of 70,000 people. However the story following Hurricane Maria is more than the overwhelming impact on the country and its people, but also about recovery, community resilience and self help.

08 Nov 2018 description

With tsunamis accounting for $280 billion in economic losses over the last 20 years, Barbados is working towards achieving disaster resilient communities and reducing disaster losses.

These points were raised on Monday by Director of the Department of Emergency Management, Kerry Hinds, as the island joined the rest of the world in observing World Tsunami Awareness Day 2018 under the theme: Reducing Economic Losses.

07 Nov 2018 description

by Sheena Forde

A recent special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has highlighted the possible impacts of global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

As a result, Special Advisor to the Ministry of Environment and National Beautification, Dr. Hugh Sealy, has described the IPCC Special Report of 1.5 degrees as “a clarion call for action”.

22 Oct 2018 description

Bridgetown, Barbados, October 22, 2018. On Friday October 19th, Barbados Prime Minister Honourable Mia Amor Mottley met with CCRIF CEO Mr. Isaac Anthony, Deputy Chairperson Mrs. Desirée Cherebin and Board member Mrs. Faye Hardy at a short ceremony to mark the payout by CCRIF to the Government of Barbados following the passage of Tropical Storm Kirk in October. The payout of US$5.8 million – or BDS$11.6 million – was made under the country’s Excess Rainfall policy and was made within 14 days of the event.

16 Oct 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 16 2018 (IPS) - Although their contribution to global warming is negligible, Caribbean nations are bearing the brunt of its impact. Climate phenomena are so devastating that countries are beginning to prepare not so much to adapt to the new reality, but to get their economies back on their feet periodically.

09 Oct 2018 description

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, October 9, 2018: CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) announced today that Barbados will receive a payout of US$5,813,299 (approximately BDS$11.6 million) on its Excess Rainfall policy due to heavy rainfall that occurred during the passage of Tropical Storm Kirk.

29 Sep 2018 description
report UN General Assembly

AG/12071

Assemblée générale Plénière
Soixante-treizième session, 12e & 13e séances plénières, matin & après-midi

28 Sep 2018 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/12071

General Assembly Plenary
Seventy-third Session, 12th & 13th Meetings (AM & PM)

As the General Assembly entered the fourth day of its general debate today, world leaders once again called to the fore the threats posed by climate change and unilateralism and their impact on international peace and security, while also highlighting several successful transitions from conflict to peace as proof that diplomacy and multilateralism are effective and offer a hopeful sign for the future.

28 Sep 2018 description
  • Tropical cyclone KIRK continued west over the Atlantic Ocean toward the Lesser Antilles. Its centre crossed St.Lucia on 27 September evening UTC as a tropical storm before it moved into the Eastern Caribbean Sea.

  • Over the next 48hours, it is forecast to weaken as it continues west away from land.

  • In Saint Lucia, there have been reports of downed power lines and damaged roofs.

27 Sep 2018 description

by NEMO

ADVISORY ISSUED AS OF 2 PM, SEP. 27, 2018.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Saint Lucia. A tropical storm warning is also in effect for Barbados, Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

27 Sep 2018 description

The National Hurricane Centre continues to issue advisories on Tropical Storm Kirk.

September 27 2018

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Barbados and St. Lucia, Dominica, Martinique, Guadeloupe

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines

TROPICAL STORM KIRK

Location: 13.5 North 58.3 West

About 200 miles… East South East of Martinique

About 536 miles… East South East of the British Virgin Islands

21 Sep 2018 description

The Caribbean region is poised to benefit from increased humanitarian assistance following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and humanitarian service provider, Rescue Global (RG). The signing took place yesterday, September 19, 2018 at the CDEMA Coordinating Unit in St. Michael, Barbados.

14 Sep 2018 description

As our disaster experts monitor Tropical Storm Isaac, which reached the Eastern Caribbean Thursday, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is announcing additional support to help the Caribbean prepare for, and respond to, major storms and hurricanes. The Agency is stockpiling reinforced plastic sheeting in the Caribbean, and training local disaster officials how to use the material to construct safe and secure temporary shelters.

12 Sep 2018 description

Bridgetown, Barbados September 11, 2018 – The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and humanitarian mapping charity MapAction yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise their new joint working relationship. MapAction will work alongside CDEMA teams and support National Disaster Management Agencies within the Caribbean region as needed.

19 Jul 2018 description

Barbados’ public and private sectors have teamed up for a new initiative to boost this island’s resilience to disasters and mitigate risks where possible.

It is the Global Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies or ARISE Initiative, which promotes proactive actions from the private sector to prevent economic loss and new business opportunities related to disaster management.

This is in keeping with the global framework endorsed in Sendai, Japan, through the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 to 2030.

17 Jul 2018 description

Bridgetown, Barbados July 16th, 2018 – The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency Coordinating Unit (CDEMA CU) and the Regional Security System Headquarters (RSS HQ) convened a second training workshop of the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) to serve the region during the period August 2018 to July 2019. The training workshop is taking place from July 16 – 20, 2018, at the Frank Walcott Labour College in St. Phillip, Barbados with funding support from the United States Government through the US Southern Command.

08 Jul 2018 description

SYNOPSIS OF TROPICAL STORM BERYL

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida, as of 2:00 PM (AST) on July 08, 2018, Beryl continues to move WNW towards the Lesser Antilles with no change in strength. Beryl or its remnants is forecast to approach the Lesser Antilles this evening, Sunday July 08, and cross the island chain tonight.