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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.

05 Jul 2015 description

The Public Health Department is coordinating with local and international multi-sectoral agencies, to address concerns at the post- Hurricane Ivan temporary hurricane debris storage and processing site, Block 55 Parcel 57, in Frank Sound.

30 Oct 2014 description

October 30, 2014 by Jim Stipe

A youth program in Jamaica called St. Patrick’s Rangers enables teens to give back to their community by helping neighbors prepare for hurricanes and other natural disasters before they strike, and also helping families rebuild after a disaster happens. Run by Catholic Relief Services and the St. Patrick Foundation, with generous funding from USAID, the program is making a real difference in people’s lives. This video tells the story of a man named Bull, who lost everything in Hurricane Ivan.

27 Aug 2014 description

Opinion by Han Seung-soo

For decades, small island countries have been warning the world about the consequences of climate change. While many countries have been debating whether climate change is even happening or who is to blame, small islands have just had to deal with its impact, from extreme weather to rising sea levels and increasing environmental vulnerability.

11 Jul 2014 description

Geneva, 11 July 2014 (WMO) - Weather, climate and water-related disasters are on the rise worldwide, causing loss of life and setting back economic and social development by years, if not decades. From 1970 to 2012, 8 835 disasters, 1.94 million deaths, and US$ 2.4 trillion of economic losses were reported globally as a result of hazards such as droughts, extreme temperatures, floods, tropical cyclones and related health epidemics, according to a new report.

01 Jun 2011 description

Release Date: May 31, 2011 Release Number: 1971-074

» More Information on Alabama Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding

» 2011 Region IV News Releases

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – As Alabamians recover from April’s severe storms and tornadoes, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency are urging people to be ready for the impacts of a hurricane.

04 Apr 2011 description

Introduction to Health Recovery

There is currently an abundance of documents, plans and policies that address common issues faced in the mitigation, preparedness and relief phases of natural disaster management. Yet for disaster recovery planners and policy makers, there is no cohesive documented body of knowledge. It is conceded that preventive measures are vital to reducing the more costly efforts of responding to disasters.

09 Sep 2010 description

Published 9th September, 11:23am

Hurricane Ivan was a "classical" long lived Cape Verde hurricane. It has been categorized as one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the Caribbean in recorded history. On September 2 Ivan developed into a tropical depression, it became a tropical storm on the following day and reached hurricane status on 5 September.

22 Feb 2010 description

The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalising a partnership to facilitate capacity building and to develop strategies for mitigating the physical and socio-economic impacts of natural disasters, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, on countries in the region.

The signing will take place on Tuesday, 23 February 2010 at the ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad with Mr.

23 Sep 2009 description
report World Bank

On September 7, 2004, Hurricane Ivan, a category 3 storm, struck the Caribbean island of Grenada, causing widespread destruction. The financial cost of the disaster was estimated at more than US$900 million, more than twice the country's GDP. The hurricane damaged more than 80 percent of the country's building structures, and only two of the 75 public schools remained undamaged.

Severe disruption of the health sector also occurred, including the almost complete destruction of Princess Alice, the island's second largest hospital.

17 Sep 2009 description

KINGSTON(JIS) - Two of the eight communities, which received training in community disaster management under the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)-funded Building Disaster Resilient Communities (BDRC) project, are either updating or creating community disaster plans.

This is according to project officer at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Joanna Ogilvie, who was speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank on September 16.

The communities - Trinityville in St. Thomas and Annotto Bay in St.

03 Sep 2009 description

KINGSTON (JIS): Jamaica now has a plan in place to respond comprehensively to a range of disasters that may affect agriculture, and the livelihoods of persons in the sector.

This was revealed by Chairman of the National Agricultural Disaster Risk Management Committee, Al Powell, at a JIS Think Tank Tuesday (September 1).


10 Jul 2009 description

In response to the announcement that leaders of the Major Economies Forum had agreed to hold rising temperatures to no more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) today reaffirmed its call for short- and medium-term targets that would limit increases to below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Addressing a Headquarters press conference on climate change, Dessima M.

21 Apr 2009 description

Over 45 Government Departments and agencies gathered at the George Town Hospital Conference room on Wednesday, April 15th for a workshop on Hazard Management Plan Development. The planning session was led by Hazard Management Cayman Islands (HMCI) Director, Dr. Barbara Carby. HMCI Deputy Director McCleary Frederick gave an overview of the proposed disaster management legislation which, when passed into law, will require all Cayman Islands Government entities to develop such plans.


01 Apr 2008 description

The second financing agreement for the Hurricane Ivan Reconstruction Efforts Project was signed on Friday, 28 March, during the official visit of His Excellency Marco Mazzochi Alemanni, European Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Commission to Jamaica, Belize, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Cayman Islands.

The agreement, which is for the repair and reconstruction of houses, is for 3.3 million Euros (CI$4.3 million). This signing marks the success of the Cayman Islands' request for financial aid post Hurricane Ivan, and the European Commission's …