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- Hurricane Tomas - Oct 2010
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- Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic - Apr 2009
- Caribbean: Earthquake - Nov 2007
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- Caribbean: Hurricane Emily - Jul 2005
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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.
JULIA RAWLINS-BENTHAM/MAY 3, 2018
Early projections for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season anticipate above- average activity, with 14 named storms – seven of which are likely to become hurricanes – and three major hurricanes.
With memories still fresh of the devastation left behind by last year’s Hurricanes Maria and Irma in the region, a greater focus is being placed on the planning process for the season this year.
As the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season approaches, disaster management officials will have additional ways of alerting the public about impending weather conditions and other hazards.
The Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) was officially launched on November 10, 2017, and is designed to allow emergency officials to share alert messages with the population using various modes of communication.
Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Kerry Hinds, described the new CAP system as an innovation that would assist in the mass alerting process.
Bridgetown, Barbados, March 29th, 2018 (CDEMA) - In an effort to strengthen the resiliency of schools and by extension the education sector in the Caribbean, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is launching the Model Safe Schools Programme (MSSP) and National Safe Schools Programme Committees in six of the CDEMA’s Participating States.
More people are seeking to find out about the earthquake and tsunami hazards and how they should get prepared.
That is the assessment of Director of the Department of Emergency Management, Kerry Hinds, as she gave a summary of the month-long activities to mark Tsunami and Earthquake Smart Month, themed: Road to Tsunami Recognition.
The tsunami risk in the region is real and should be taken seriously.
And, Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Kerry Hinds, has emphasised the need for public education and outreach programmes throughout communities in Barbados.
She made these comments last Friday during the unveiling of Barbados’ third Tsunami Smart Sign, which was erected in the Sherman’s, St. Lucy community.
By JULIA RAWLINS-BENTHAM
Holetown, St. James is poised to create history by becoming the first community in Barbados to receive the UNESCO internationally approved Tsunami Ready Certificate of Recognition.
Come Thursday, March 15, the western community will take centre stage in this year’s annual Caribe Wave 2018 exercise as it seeks to fulfill the requirements of becoming tsunami ready.
Barbados is pursuing its first designation for its efforts in educating the public and creating awareness about the tsunami hazard.
To this end, the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), in collaboration with the Technical Standing Committee on Coastal Hazards (TSCCH), will seek to chronicle the journey as the island marks Tsunami and Earthquake Awareness Month 2018, which runs from today, Thursday, March 1 until Saturday, March 31.
The Royal Barbados Force (RBPF) will be revisiting its hurricane preparedness plans to see how they can be improved in the wake of last year’s devastating hurricanes.
And, Commissioner of Police, Tyrone Griffith, has already indicated that the recently opened Cane Garden Police Station will afford them the opportunity to call out more personnel prior to a potential strike from a storm or hurricane.
The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) has received a boost for its disaster preparedness and response capabilities with a donation of equipment from the People’s Republic of China.
The BDS $6 million worth of equipment, donated by the People’s Liberation Army, comprises 4×4 vehicles, a mobile kitchen, a refrigerator van, a tractor and a vessel. The items were officially handed over by Chinese Ambassador, Yan Xiusheng, to Chief of Staff of the BDF, Colonel Glyne Grannum, during a brief ceremony at St. Ann’s Fort yesterday.
Barbadians are being urged to secure their homes and make them the primary hub of safety during a disaster.
In its message to mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction, recognised today, Friday, October 13, the Department of Emergency Management, has joined with the internationally acknowledged slogan of Home Safe Home.
“That is the home should be able to prevent the displacement of families and ultimately the loss of lives in the event of a disaster,” the statement said.
UK aid experts, military assets and relief supplies remain in the region and are ready to respond.
The UK is in position to respond to further extreme weather in the Caribbean as the approaching Storm Maria is reclassified as a hurricane. The hurricane comes less than two weeks after Hurricane Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded.
UK experts on the ground are working closely with national authorities to prepare for the approaching hurricane. Staff, military assets and relief supplies remain in the region and are ready to respond.
Monday, 18 September 2017 06:03 GMT
By Frank McGurty and Jessica Resnick-Ault
Sept 18 (Reuters) - A second powerful storm in as many weeks was bearing down on a string of battered Caribbean islands, with forecasters saying Maria would strengthen rapidly into a major hurricane as it ripped into the Leeward Islands on Monday night.
Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
A flood warning is now in effect for Barbados as feeder bands from Tropical Storm (TS) Maria begin to produce pockets of moderate to heavy showers, thunderstorms, and gusty winds across Barbados.
The warning was issued by the Barbados Meteorological Services at 12:00 p.m. today, as the island remains under a tropical storm watch as TS Maria approached the region.
Meanwhile, officials at the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) are urging residents across Barbados to continue monitoring the approach of Tropical Storm Maria as the island remained under storm watch.
MESSAGE: Tropical Storm Harvey formed east of the central Lesser Antilles. Tropical Storm Warnings are issued for Saint Lucia, Barbados, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Dominica.
THE SITUATION: As at 5:00pm (EDT), three (3) low pressure systems surge over the Tropical Atlantic Ocean.
Bridgetown, Barbados May 30, 2017 – 31 participants from the disciplined forces, including police, military and fire services are taking part in the annual CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) training, which is being held at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Coordinating Unit and the Headquarters of the Regional Security System (RSS) in Barbados from May 29 – June 2, 2017.
The CDRU is a specialised humanitarian response team equipped to provide assistance to any of the eighteen CDEMA Participating States, affected by natural or technological hazard.
Barbados, April 10, 2017 (CDEMA) – The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) - Commonwealth of Dominica has been awarded Euro 9,640.00 to facilitate a review, consultation and update of their draft Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Legislation. The grant funds were awarded by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in March 2017 under the Country Directed Fund (CDF), which is financed by the European Union through the ACP-EU Natural Disaster Risk Management in the CARIFORUM Programme (NDRM).
In support of CARIBE WAVE 2017, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Barbados facilitated an office tsunami evacuation exercise on March 23, 2017, for the United Nations (UN) House and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/ World Health Organization (WHO). This exercise was executed to highlight the importance of tsunami preparedness and to equip United Nations personnel with the knowledge of what to do in the event of a tsunami warning.
BRIDGETOWN, 29 mar 2017 (IPS) - La Red de Monitoreo de Precipitaciones y Sequías del Caribe alertó a los países de esta región que las condiciones climáticas anormales que han experimentado en estos últimos años, y que causaron una de las peores sequías de las dos últimas décadas, continuarán este año.
Varios países del Caribe, en particular del este, registraron un febrero más seco de lo normal, y en algunos casos febrero y enero fueron relativamente secos, indicó la Red de Monitoreo, con sede en esta capital de Barbados.