The Saint Lucia Red Cross is providing emergency relief to families affected by the passage of Tropical Storm Kirk. Volunteers and staff were on high alert to respond to Tropical Storm Kirk which impacted the island on the evening of September 27th, 2018. The system which caused damage in communities around the island was accompanied by heavy wind and thunderstorm. Electrical outages and interruptions to communication systems were also widespread.
ADVISORY ISSUED AS OF 2 PM, SEP. 27, 2018.
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Saint Lucia. A tropical storm warning is also in effect for Barbados, Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe.
A tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
RESEARCHERS PREDICT SLIGHTLY ABOVE AVERAGE ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON.
The Ministry of Health recently convened a meeting to formulate plans for the 2018 hurricane season, commencing June 1 to Nov. 30, in a deliberate attempt to identify potential gaps in the services provided during and after hurricanes.
THE NATIONAL ADAPTATION PLAN IS THE KEY STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK FOR ACHIEVING THE COUNTRY’S ADAPTATION GOALS.
The Government of Saint Lucia has prepared a national plan to prepare the country for the impacts of climate change.
From April 16 to 17, national stakeholders will meet in Castries for the launch of Saint Lucia’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP).
Government officials and creators (artists and performers) will also take part in a number of training programmes related to climate change adaptation.
Flood mitigation works in the Malgretoute Community, Saint Lucia underway
Sunday, March 18, 2018 — As the rainy season approaches, the OECS Commission and the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF SPC) continue efforts to strengthen resilience in at-risk communities through flood mitigation initiatives and disaster prevention sensitisation at the community level.
The latest project, a riverbank stabilisation and reforestation initiative along the Fond/Malgretoute River, seeks to reduce flooding in the community of Malgretoute, in Micoud, Saint Lucia.
MANGROVE RESTORATION AND FLOOD MITIGATION INTERVENTIONS UNDERWAY IN ANSE LA RAYE.
Situated between two rivers – the Grande Rivière in the south and Petite Rivière in the north – the Anse La Raye community in Saint Lucia is naturally flood prone.
In recent years, flood mitigation projects implemented along the rivers have seen a decrease in the severity of floods in the village, however several factors such as the sea swells and overgrowth of the mangrove along the Petite Rivière continue to pose the threat of floods.
RADIO COMMUNICATION IS ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS THROUGH WHICH DISTRICTS CONVEY INFORMATION TO AID AGENCIES.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness, with the support of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), is making a deliberate attempt to strengthen potential gaps in communication services provided during and after hurricanes.
NEMO Director, Velda Joseph, said proper emergency communication measures can guard against severe loss.
Friday, February 9, 2018 — The Government of New Zealand has committed to continue flood mitigation works in the coastal community of Anse La Raye in Saint Lucia.
The initial construction of a river stabilisation wall has seen a marked decline in the flooding of properties along the Grande Rivière, especially the Anse La Raye infant school. The new project seeks to extend the protective wall along the beach, in an effort to prevent further soil erosion.
Christopher Prescott, Volunteer at the Anse La Raye Disaster Committee, outlined the benefits of the wall extension.
THE STORM IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN A POWERFUL HURRICANE THROUGH THE WEEKEND.
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Irma which has intensified into a major category 3 hurricane in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean.
According to the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services, as at 5 a.m. on Friday, Sep. 1, the center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 18.2 degrees north, longitude 36.5 degrees west or about 1665 miles or 2680 kilometers east of the Leeward Islands.
by Saint Lucia Met. Service
A low pressure system east of the Lesser Antilles is becoming better organized as it approaches the region at about 15 to 20 miles per hour or 24 to 31 kilometers per hour.
Regardless of development, this system is expected to produce adverse weather conditions over Saint Lucia beginning tonight, Aug 17.
The agency will provide assistance for the reconstruction of the ravine Poisson and Cul De Sac bridges.
The Government of Saint Lucia and the Government of Japan will, today, sign a Japanese aid agreement.
The assistance, provided through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), will make available technical and financial assistance to the Government of Saint Lucia for the reconstruction of two bridges—the Ravine Poisson and Cul de Sac bridges.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
On the heels of an annual general meeting convened by the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), Director of the Government Information Service, Clement Wulf-Soulage, has indicated the steps that the GIS will take to ensure that information dissemination and disaster management is well coordinated during the hurricane season.
THE BUILDING WILL INCLUDE RAINWATER HARVESTING SYSTEMS SO THAT THE FACILITY REMAINS OPERATIONAL EVEN AFTER A DISASTER.
Ministry of Health officials have announced that a state-of-the-art wellness centre will be constructed in Micoud.
The announcement was made at a recent meeting held to update residents on planned developments within the community. The meeting also served to provide feedback to government officials on the community’s health service challenges and needs, in order to inform the design and discuss appropriate sites for the development of the facility.
Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:
SAINT LUCIA Earthquakes and Hurricanes RISK PROFILE
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A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
A. Situation analysis Description of the disaster On 27 September 2016, an area of disturbed weather in Atlantic Ocean began to gather speed, reaching speeds of 60 mph (96 km/h). By 11:00am Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on that same day, authorities in St Lucia issued a Tropical Storm Warning as the system had been upgraded to Tropical Storm Matthew and was expected to impact the island.
Within hours of the warning, residents began to experience heavy rainfall and strong winds of up to 60 mph or higher associated with the approaching storm.
Message: Hurricane Matthew remains a powerful Category 4 hurricane moving in a north-western direction over the Caribbean Sea. Hurricane warnings have been issued for Jamaica and Haiti. A hurricane watch is in effect for Southeastern Bahamas, including the Inaguas, Mayaguana, Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, Ragged Island, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. A tropical storm watch is in effect for the Dominican Republic from Barahona westward to the border with Haiti.
Caribbean – Tropical Cyclone MATTHEW
TC MATTHEW is moving over the Caribbean Sea, strengthening.
Over the next 24 h, it is forecast to move west, strengthening into a Major Hurricane. Then it is forecast to turn northwest, and start moving towards Jamaica, however the uncertainty of the forecast track/intensity is still VERY high. On 1-5 October heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge could affect Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba and the Bahamas.