SAINT LUCIA Earthquakes and Hurricanes RISK PROFILE
What is a country disaster risk profile?
An estimation of the potential economic losses to property caused by adverse natural hazards.
Country Disaster Risk Profile Applications
- Inform disaster risk financing
- Develop key baseline data
- Evaluate impact of disasters
- Promote and inform risk reduction
GDP US$ 1.4 billion
Total Building Exposure US$ (Replacement Value) 3 billion
The hurricane risk in Saint Lucia is more significant than the earthquake risk.
Annual Average Loss (AAL) from hurricanes is US$ 9.5M (0.7% of GDP) and from earthquakes is US$ 2.6M (0.2% of GDP).
The Probable Maximum Loss for hurricanes (250 year return period) is US$ 382M (27.2% of GDP) and for earthquakes (250 year return period) is US$ 148M (10.5% of GDP).
Single family, wood studwall frame with plywood/ gypsum board sheathing are the buildings most vulnerable to hurricanes, accounting for 30% of AAL.