The Country Document for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) presents a 2016 analysis of the status of DRR in Antigua and Barbuda. It identifies priorities and proposes strategies for the comprehensive national management of risk with the protection of human life and the environment as main goals.
13th September, 2017
Tuesday 5th September, 2017 saw the passage of the most powerful tropical system on record when Category 5 Hurricane Irma unleashed its wrath on the Northern Leeward Islands including Antigua and Barbuda.
In the wake of this natural disaster, the Honourable Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Honourable Gaston Browne, declared the country’s commitment to the full recovery and restoration of the Sister Isle.
A total of six earthquakes affected Antigua and Barbuda between Sunday night and Monday morning, according to information received from the UWI Seismic Research Centre in Trinidad. The quakes, which struck between 11:12 Sunday night and 4:31 Monday morning, were reportedly felt throughout the island, in Barbuda and other neighbouring territories such as Montserrat and St Kitts and Nevis. The biggest quake which measured a magnitude of 5.8 occurred Monday morning at 1:23.
There were no reports of damage or injuries in Antigua and Barbuda.
With the Zika virus spreading its wings across the region, Minister of Health and the Environment, Molwyn Joseph has announced that 1.2 million dollars has now been made available to help keep the Zika virus at bay.
Joseph made the disclosure during a national clean-up symposium at his Redcliffe Street Office.
The meeting attracted key representatives from the Central Board of Health, the Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force, the National Solid Waste Management Authority, the Royal Police Force and other Ministry of Health technicians.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, September 04, 2015 – LIAT, The Caribbean Airline, has announced further amendments to its schedule as it continues to assist Dominica recover from the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika.
In light of the continued closure of the Douglas-Charles Airport, LIAT is offering flights to Guadeloupe as an alternative for travellers to / from Dominica.
OECS Commission, Castries Saint Lucia 03/09/15 -The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission is in final preparations to host its fifth climate change seminar, which is to be held under the theme: Strengthening the Environment and Building Resilience to Climate Change in OECS Member States”.
The seminar will take place at the Conference Room of the Verandah Resort and Spa in St Phillips, Antigua from September 9-10 2015.
Following an appeal from Hubert Winston, President of the Dominica Marine Association, for aid and assistance relief following the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika, the Antigua Yacht Club has decided to set up a Disaster Relief Committee which will meet on Wednesday 2nd September at 1700 (5 pm) in the Events Centre at the Antigua Yacht Club.
The Ministry of Health would like to notify the general public that it will be intensifying its mosquito control program with immediate effect. This is in keeping with the Ministry’s response to the introduction of Chikungunya Fever into Antigua and Barbuda.
The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) CU led a series of fact-finding missions to the countries of Dominica, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and Grenadines, recently impacted by heavy rains. The eight-member technical team from the Eastern Caribbean Development Partners Group on Disaster Management (ECDG DM) was led by the Executive Director of CDEMA, Mr.
The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Participating States of Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica have been experiencing heavy rainfall and high winds through Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th December, 2013, caused by a Low Level Trough System.
The high rainfall has lead to flooding and land slippage in the affected countries, resulting in significant damage to critical infrastructure such as roads, health centres and airports, damage to homes and regrettably, lost of life. Water, power and telephony services have also been interrupted.
Antigua and Barbuda, on Friday, welcomed Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Dr. Jose Graziano da Silva. In addition to observing the Zero Hunger pilot project, Dr. da Silva will call on Hon.
The National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) has presented four schools with useful tools that should assist them in enhancing the disaster management programme at the institutions.
Director of NODS Philmore Mullin handed over information kits, evacuation maps and other implements to TN Kirnon Primary, Adele School, the School for the Deaf and the Nyahbinghi Theocracy Church School.
A local Consultant has begun the work of developing a National Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Policy and Strategy for Antigua and Barbuda.
Director of Kingdome Consultants Dorbrene O’Marde is expected to hold consultations over a ten-week period before submitting his final report. The CDM strategy and framework focuses on all hazards in all phases of disaster management, namely preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery.
Approximately 20 representatives from various communities and government agencies were provided last week with the knowledge and skills needed to make assessments following a disaster.
The individuals were involved in a three-day damage assessment and needs analysis workshop facilitated by Cecil Shillingford, a Consultant with USAID’s Office of Foreign Development Assistance (ODFA).
The National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) is continuing to push for the completion of comprehensive disaster management plans for all government ministries.
According to a Cabinet decision taken last year, the transition should be made from hurricane plans to comprehensive disaster management plans by the end of June.
With the hurricane season upon us, the National Office of Disaster Preparedness (NODS) is the main entity that assists Antiguans and Barbudans prepare for impending tropical depressions, storms or hurricanes.
In light of the recent passage of Tropical Storm Isaac, Director of NODS Mr. Philmore Mullin urges the public to make use of the information given to them in a timely manner. Mr. Mullin also highlighted the many facets of NODS as they relate to helping citizens prepare for impending disasters.
In light of the effects that are expected from Tropical Storm Maria, the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) is asking residents living in low-lying areas to move to higher ground or seek refuge in public shelters.
These include areas such as West Palm Beach, Jennings, Ebenezer, Bolans, Pigotts, Green Bay, Grays Farm, Five Islands, Golden Grove Extension, Yorks Village and Bathlodge.
At least one shelter will be opened in each of the 17 districts in Antigua and Barbuda.
The following facilities will be opened by 4pm:
Antigua and Barbuda and other Caricom member states are being brought up to date with changes made at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to enhance the process to access emergency support.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Transformation Worthene George and Director of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) Philmore Mullin recently attended a one-day meeting in Barbados which addressed the issue.
The National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) has released the 2011 list of disaster shelters and coordinators.
The list spans seventeen constituencies, with a few districts sharing facilities.
Antigua, St Johns, August 17th....As the Atlantic Ocean continues to produce adverse weather systems, Director of NODS Philmore Mullin is advising residents to pay attention to updates coming out of the Meteorological office.
Mullin said precautionary measures should particularly be taken by residents that live in flood prone areas.
Currently twenty-four flood prone communities have been identified in Antigua and Barbuda.
"Among that list there are three areas that need to pay particular attention to flash flood warnings and any evacuation order that is given.