Bridgetown, Barbados, August 11, 2009 (CDERA): The first phase of a region-wide tsunami warning system is being finalised on Wednesday August 12, when technical experts meet at the offices of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) to assess and put the final touches to tsunami warning protocols for Barbados, Jamaica, Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda.
Bridgetown, Barbados, July 22, 2009 (CDERA) - The Joint Project Coordination Committee (JPCC) of three projects being implemented by CDERA, met recently in Barbados to discuss progress to date and recommend actions to ensure the delivery of quality and timely outputs.
This meeting was attended by 19 representatives from the United States Agency for International Development/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), the CDERA Coordinating Unit and Participating States, regional seismic agencies and other technical experts such as the International Federation of the Red Cross …
Bridgetown, Barbados, June 2, 2009 (CDERA) - "The prediction for an average hurricane season is no reason to become complacent and not prepare," cautioned Jeremy Collymore, Coordinator of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) at the Annual Press Conference, held today (June 2) at the CDERA Coordinating Unit (CU) in Barbados.
Compared to last year's predictions for a very active hurricane season, the 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season is forecasted to have 11 named storms, 5 hurricanes and two (2) hurricanes reaching category 3 or above.
Collymore observed …
Bridgetown, Barbados, May 28, 2009 (CDERA) - Belize was struck by an earthquake this morning at 4.24 am (EDT) and an earthquake also occurred southeast of Dominica at 12.28 pm local time.
A magnitude-7.1 quake struck about 177miles off the east coast of Belomopan, Belize and 80 miles off Honduras. The epicicentre was located at 16.783°N, 86.165°W of Honduras and at a depth of only 6 (10km) miles. The quake was felt in Belize and there have been reports of six houses collapsing.
The quake off the southeast coast of Dominica was felt in St.
Bridgetown, Barbados, April 28, 2009 (CDERA) - The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency has been monitoring closely the swine influenza outbreak and precautionary measures being undertaken by governments in CDERA 16 Participating States. The regional leadership in this area is being provided by Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC) and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) who are in direct contact with the ministries of health officials.
Bridgetown, Barbados, 4:00 pm Friday December 19, 2008 (CDERA) - Guyana has been experiencing excessive rainfall since the beginning of December 2008. Region 3 (West Demerara/Essequibo Islands) and Region 4 (Demerara/Mahaica) have been inundated by floodwaters. Widespread flooding has been reported in low-lying communities on the East Coast of Demerara with 8 - 14 inches of water settling on the land.
Water being pumped at Liliendaal, December 18, 2008.
Bridgetown, Barbados, December 18, 2008 (CDERA) - Work is moving apace on the development and implementation of a web-based disaster response technology to enhance disaster preparedness and coordinate emergency operations within the Caribbean Region.
The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) and the United States Southern Command (US SOUTHCOM) Humanitarian Affairs Division, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to forge ahead with a US$1 million Web Emergency Operation Centre (WebEOC) initiative. This emergency operation system has the capacity to connect with …
Bridgetown, Barbados, December 3, 2008 (CDERA) - Disaster management practitioners and experts from across the region and beyond will meet in Barbados from December 8 - 12 for the 3rd Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management being organized by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) in association with its partners.
The Conference is the annual disaster management forum for dialogue and reflection on the progress being made to advance Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) in the Caribbean.
By Caribbean Net News
Georgetown, Guyana, December 3, 2008 (Caribbean Net News) - Dr Edward Greene, Assistant Secretary-General of the CARICOM Secretariat told the opening ceremony of the 48th Session of the Caribbean Meteorological Council on Monday that it was necessary to re-position the Caribbean Meteorological Organisation (CMO) to address developmental concerns in the international environment.
He argued that for this to be done effectively, there should be close linkages with local and regional disaster management agencies and constant collaboration with other sectors of …
Paramaribo, Suriname; November 10, 2008 (CDERA) - Suriname will participate in a €3.4-million (US$5-million) project financed by the European Development Fund (EDF) and being undertaken by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA).
By Department of Disaster Management, BVI
Tortola, BVI, November 13, 2008 (DDM) - Hurricane Paloma, the 16th named storm and the 8th hurricane for 2008, left the islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman with widespread damage as it passed on Saturday November 8th as a Category 3 hurricane. Ninety to 95 percent of homes, businesses, churches, and public buildings were damaged, some beyond repair.
Bridgetown, Barbados, October 31, 2008 (CDERA) -- The European Commission (EC) is providing the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) with € 3.4 million to support the agency's new direction in which it will no longer just respond to disasters when they occur, but also promote prevention and preparation activities that reduce the risks posed by disasters before they take place.
CDERA's new approach to tackling disasters, called Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM), has led to the agency's responsibilities being widened to include disaster-related training …
At 2:00pm EDT today, Wed October 15, 2008, Hurricane Omar is strengthening over the north eastern Caribbean Sea and is expected to move through the Northern Leeward Islands late tonight and early Thursday. A Hurricane Warning was issued for Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands. A Hurricane Watch is now in effect for St. Kitts and Nevis. A Tropical Storm Warning has also been issued for Antigua and Barbuda and Montserrat.
A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area within 24 hours.
Bridgetown, Barbados, October 14, 2008 (CDERA) - Saint Lucia has been experiencing continuous rains commencing Monday October 6, 2008 that have caused flooding and landslides in several areas across the country. No shelters were opened during the periods of heavy rains.
The District Disaster Committees have been conducting assessments of the impact and damage in their respective communities.
Bridgetown, Barbados, October 8, 2008 (CDERA) - The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) has received US$25,000 from the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) and Chevron Corporation to go towards the purchase of relief items to assist persons affected by the recent impact of Hurricane Ike on the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI).
Grand Turk and South Caicos were declared Disaster Areas after Ike a Category Four Hurricane and Tropical Storm Hanna moved across the TCI early last month.
On Friday, September 19, 2008, as a result of the passage of a tropical wave, St Vincent and the Grenadines was drenched by heavy rains which resulted in one (1) death, island wide flooding and landslides which left many roads blocked.
The heavy rains began at about 2.00am and continued for approximately the next twenty four hours. By 6.00am residents were reporting houses being flooded out, rivers overflowing bridges and landslides in several areas of the country.
Hurricane Ike heads toward the Bahamas (As at 5.00p.m. September 5, 2008)
A Hurricane Watch is effect for the Turks and Caicos islands and the Southeastern Bahamas.
At 5.00 p.m today, September 5, 2008 the centre of Hurricane Ike was located near latitude 22.9 North and longitude 64.1 West or about 430 miles (690 km) northeast of the Leeward Islands and about 460 miles (735 km) east-northeast of Grand Turk Island.
Ike is moving toward the west-southwest near 15 mph (24 km/hr) .
Message: Hanna moves away from the Bahamas (As of 2.00 p.m. September 4, 2008)
As of 2.00 pm September 4, 2008 a Tropical Storm Warning remained in effect for the central and northwestern Bahamas.
The centre of Tropical Storm Hanna was located near latitude 25.1 north and longitude 74.2 west or about 205 miles (330 km) east of Nassau.
Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph (100 km/hr) with higher gusts.
Monitoring dangerous Hurricane Ike as Hanna moves away from the Bahamas
Ike is now an extremely dangerous Category Four Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale with maximum sustained winds near 140mph (220km/hr). Ike is over the open waters of the West Central Atlantic and it is too early to predict the land areas that might be affected by this hurricane. However, forecasters are advising that its progress should be monitored closely by the Southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
At 11.00 a.m.
Hurricane Hanna strengthens over the Bahamas
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the central Bahamas, southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos islands as Hurricane Hanna continues to strengthen.
As at 5.00pm, September 1, 2008, the centre of Hanna a category one hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale was located near latitude 22.2 north and longitude 72.6 west or just east of Mayaguana island in the southeastern Bahamas.
Maximum sustained winds are near 80 mph (130 km/hr) with higher gusts.