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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.

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.

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.

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.

15 Oct 2017 description


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.

13 Oct 2017 description
report World Bank

Washington, October 13th, 2017-- Leaders and representatives of CARICOM countries and territories, and international partners, including the international financial institutions, and the representatives of territories in the region, convened today in a high-level round table on recovery and resilience in the Caribbean hosted by the World Bank Group (WBG), as part of the WBG-IMF Annual Meetings.

18 Sep 2017 description

The First Secretary of State, Damian Green, chaired a COBR meeting this afternoon to discuss the Government’s response to Hurricane Irma and preparations for Hurricane Maria.

We remain concerned that Hurricane Maria, which is strengthening as it approaches the Leeward Islands, could hit the UK’s Overseas Territories in the Caribbean already affected as well as Montserrat.

FCO, DFID and military teams are working closely with the Governors in the Overseas Territories to ensure we are doing all we can to support the Governments of the islands affected.

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.

11 Aug 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

KINGSTON, 11 ago 2017 (IPS) - La Oficina de Meteorología de Jamaica usa desde 2013 una herramienta de predicitibilidad climática para pronosticar sequías o lluvias por “debajo del promedio” en toda la isla como estrategia contra el cambio climático.

La herramienta le ha permitido a este país caribeño pronosticar de forma precisa varios períodos sin lluvias o de sequías, incluso el más destructivo de 2014, cuando se perdieron unos 1.000 millones de dólares en cultivos, que se pudrieron o se quemaron en incendios, causados por las excepcionales condiciones secas.

11 Aug 2017 description

The Caribbean is vulnerable to multiple natural hazards, including hurricanes, floods and earthquakes. The education sector is particularly vulnerable, and over the last two decades, this sector has suffered major damage and losses due to the impact of natural hazards. The frequency and intensity of these events are projected to increase as a result of climate change, thereby posing greater threats to the education sector.

26 Jul 2017 description

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) approved a grant to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to assist with the review and strengthening of emergency response procedures in participating states.

14 Jun 2017 description

New IDB study estimates potential impact on cities and people in low-elevation coastal zones

BELIZE CITY, Belize – A new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates that 4.2 million people in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean and in the Pacific are living in areas that are prone to flooding due to rising sea levels.

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.

28 Apr 2017 description

Hurricane Matthew, an overview of comprehensive action during and after the emergency

Hurricane Matthew tested readiness levels of Caribbean countries’ health services and their staff, as well as the technical capacity of PAHO/WHO for mobilization and response.

The Category 5 hurricane put thousands of people at risk in Cuba, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and the United States, and Colombia.

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).