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24 Mar 2018 description

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but what does it take to raise a village into a tsunami-ready community? In 2017, the Caribbean Tsunami Information Centre (CTIC) of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) made considerable progress to improve early warning systems, public awareness and preparedness in the region thanks to a €80,000 contribution from the Kingdom of Netherlands.

20 Mar 2018 description

Washington, D.C, 19 de marzo de 2018 (OPS/OMS)- Un compromiso político fuerte y políticas públicas que involucren a todos los sectores del gobierno son necesarios para enfrentar a las enfermedades no transmisibles, que causan 5,2 millones de vidas al año y traen costos enormes para los países de las Américas, afirmó Carissa F. Etienne, Directora de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) ante el Consejo Permanente de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA).

15 Mar 2018 description


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.

02 Mar 2018 description

Julia Rawlins-Bentham

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.

02 Mar 2018 description

Julia Rawlins-Bentham

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.

28 Feb 2018 description

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.

19 Jan 2018 description

Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, forest fires, floods, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. Between FY 2008 and FY 2017, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/ FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of emergencies in the region.

12 Jan 2018 description


  • Enfoque 2

  • Perspectiva 4

  • Países Miembros 5

  • Recursos de Información 11

  • Próximos Eventos 12

Huracanes Irma y María:

11 Jan 2018 description

Hurricanes Irma and Maria: health sector response

In the space of one month, several nations of the Caribbean were ravaged by two category 5 hurricanes packing winds of up to 160 mph (260 km/h). Hurricane Irma passed through 11 islands in the Caribbean starting on 5 September 2017, followed a week later by Hurricane Maria, which impacted six islands, including three in Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, that had already been hit by Irma. The total population of the islands is 37.2 million people.

13 Dec 2017 description

París — El Grupo Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID) anunció su apoyo a la recién creada Coalición Climáticamente Inteligente del Caribe, una iniciativa público-privada que busca financiar un plan de inversión de US$8 mil millones para transformar la región en una de las primeras zonas “climáticamente inteligentes” del mundo y beneficiar a aproximadamente 3.2 millones de hogares.

30 Nov 2017 description
report Government of Cuba

Fuentes de la Cancillería comentaron a la prensa que la delegación de la Mayor de las Antillas hará patente su voluntad de promover la integración, la cooperación y el desarrollo

29 Nov 2017 description

Storm ravaged countries need the Commonwealth’s innovative regenerative model to build back better and stronger, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland asserted last night in a powerful presentation about the Commonwealth’s importance.

08 Nov 2017 description

WMO report highlights impacts on human safety, well-being and environment

6 November 2017 (WMO) - It is very likely that 2017 will be one of the three hottest years on record, with many high-impact events including catastrophic hurricanes and floods, debilitating heatwaves and drought. Long-term indicators of climate change such as increasing carbon dioxide concentrations, sea level rise and ocean acidification continue unabated. Arctic sea ice coverage remains below average and previously stable Antarctic sea ice extent was at or near a record low.

07 Nov 2017 description

Information on the level of Zika transmission is useful for public health professionals to evaluate the level of risk for people who may be planning to travel to or are recently returning from areas with possible local transmission. The information is updated at least once a month. It is also updated each time a new country reports local vector-borne Zika virus transmission.

06 Nov 2017 description

Un rapport de l'OMM met en évidence les répercussions sur la santé humaine, la qualité de vie et l'environnement

03 Nov 2017 description
report Government of Cuba

Dos brigadas de linieros cubanos ayudan a la compañía local a restablecer el servicio eléctrico

ROSEAU.–Dominica está a oscuras desde el pasado 18 de septiembre. El huracán María dejó miles de postes en el piso, kilómetros de cables partidos y la mayor parte de la infraestructura de transmisión inservible.

La Compañía de Servicios Eléctricos de Dominica (Domlec, por sus siglas en inglés) prioriza el restablecimiento de los centros vitales para la población, como los hospitales, bancos y oficinas de gobierno.

01 Nov 2017 description

On 24 and 25 October 2017, the CERF Advisory Group held its annual meeting in New York to discuss the use and management of the fund and provide guidance on key policy issues.

Chair of the Advisory Group, Leni Stenseth and CERF Chief, Lisa Doughten welcomed the new members to the group: Jamie Isbister, Bruno van der Pluijm, Alexandra MacKenzie, Ricardo Toro Tassara, Rahel Asfaw, Claus Lindroos, Alison Milton, Mairo Mandara and Per Enarsson, and provided an introduction to CERF for new members, noting the essential role of the group in providing advice on the future of CERF.

26 Oct 2017 description

CARICOM Media Release

Thursday, October 26, 2017 — CARICOM and Mexico, which both recently suffered devastating natural disasters, have agreed to strengthen cooperation in disaster risk management.

The agreement forms part of a Joint Declaration issued at the end of the Fourth CARICOM-Mexico Summit held in Belize on Wednesday 25 October 2017 under the joint chairmanship of CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada and the President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto.