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15 Oct 2017 description

JULIA RAWLINS-BENTHAM

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.

18 Sep 2017 description

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.

18 Sep 2017 description

by Reuters
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.

17 Sep 2017 description

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.

18 Aug 2017 description

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.

09 Jun 2017 description

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.

20 Apr 2017 description

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).

03 Apr 2017 description

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.

29 Mar 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

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.

28 Mar 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Desmond Brown

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Mar 28 2017 (IPS) - The Caribbean Drought & Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) is warning countries in the region that the same abnormal climate conditions they have experienced over the last few years, which resulted in some of the worst drought in two decades, could continue this year.

Several Caribbean countries, particularly in the eastern Caribbean, experienced a drier than normal February, and in some cases both February and January were relatively dry, CDPMN said.

11 Jan 2017 description

Security, public health and disaster management personnel from across the Caribbean will be put to the test as they participate in a training exercise aimed at improving regional responses during an emergency situation.

The exercise, Synergy 2017, will present emergency scenarios that could occur in the Caribbean region.

The exercise will take place from January 11 to 12 at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) based in Barbados.

01 Dec 2016 description

Message: A tropical disturbance with heavy showers and thundershowers is producing severe weather conditions over the Central-Eastern Caribbean islands since Monday November 28th 2016. The islands of Barbados, Dominica and Saint Lucia have experienced some flooding while Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has experienced flooding and landslides.

Situation:

30 Nov 2016 description
  • The Eastern Caribbean region is affected by heavy rains causing severe flooding in Barbados, Saint Lucia and Dominica. A Flood Warning for St. Vincent and the Grenadines is ongoing. Conditions are expected to deteriorate.

  • Due to the already saturated nature of the soils, residents living in landslide prone areas and along the riverbanks are at risk. Some landslides have already been reported, 15 houses have been destroyed and 30 damaged.

18 Nov 2016 description

Many communities in the Caribbean are susceptible to hazards, including to tsunamis. Although rare, tsunamis can be extremely deadly with at least 500 having impacted the Caribbean and adjacent regions in the past 500 years. Of these, almost 20 have caused deaths and in 2010, a tsunami in Haiti caused at least seven lives to be lost.

23 Aug 2016 description

Bridgetown, Barbados, August 16th, 2016 – 32 participants from the disciplined forces, including police, military and fire services, successfully completed four days of training in preparation for their role in providing relief and humanitarian assistance in the event of a disaster. The annual training workshop of the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) was held at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency’s (CDEMA) headquarters in Barbados from August 8th to 12th 2016.

18 Aug 2016 description

Bridgetown, Barbados, August 16th, 2016 – 32 participants from the disciplined forces, including police, military and fire services, successfully completed four days of training in preparation for their role in providing relief and humanitarian assistance in the event of a disaster. The annual training workshop of the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) was held at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency’s (CDEMA) headquarters in Barbados from August 8th to 12th 2016.

12 Aug 2016 description

Barbados has recorded an increase in the cases of dengue fever this year compared to the same period last year.

Figures released by the Ministry of Health reveal that up to July 23 this year, there were 300 confirmed cases of dengue fever compared to 41 confirmed cases for the same period last year. In addition, there were 976 suspected cases for the period this year compared to 214 last year. Last year, one death was recorded from the disease while there have been no deaths this year.

23 Jun 2016 description

Residents of Barbados are being urged not to wait until they realise that “galvanise could fly”, or that their refrigerator could be blown away, before recognising the importance of preparing for hurricanes.

And, Hurricane Ivan survivor, Deanzer Roberts, is also urging them to dismiss the notion that “God is a Bajan”, and take all necessary precautions to prepare for the hurricane season.

22 Apr 2016 description

Published on April 21, 2016 by Theresa Blackman

Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, has called on regional stakeholders and governments to offer more assistance to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

Speaking last night at the opening ceremony of the Seventh Meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee and the launch of CDEMA’s 25th anniversary celebrations, Mr. Brathwaite stressed that lack of support for the Agency at the regional level was severely hindering that organisation’s development.