Map shows the locations and numbers of households. Numbers for Loubiere include Fond Baron, Citroniere, Castle Comfort and Newtown.
Map shows the locations and numbers of affected persons. Numbers for Loubiere include Fond Baron, Citroniere, Castle Comfort and Newtown.
Map shows the locations and numbers of destroyed buildings. Numbers for Loubiere include Fond Baron, Citroniere, Castle Comfort and Newtown.
Map shows the locations and numbers of buildings with major damage. Numbers for Loubiere include Fond Baron, Citroniere, Castle Comfort and Newtown.
Map shows the locations and numbers of buildings with minor damage. Numbers for Loubiere include Fond Baron, Citroniere, Castle Comfort and Newtown.
Map shows the locations and numbers of affected buildings. Numbers for Loubiere include Fond Baron, Citroniere, Castle Comfort and Newtown.
Trinidad & Tobago Red Cross Society gets international grant for communications technology upgrade
The Barbados Red Cross Society (BRCS) has launched "Operation Breadfruit" the key component of its response to the humanitarian needs of Barbadians affected by the damage done by Tropical Storm Tomas.
"Operation Breadfruit" is being coordinated through the office of the Director-General by Lawrence Marshall, the BRCS Director of Disaster Services.
In response to the H1N1 pandemic, Red Cross societies around the Caribbean are supporting their statutory health care systems in preparing communities to respond to H1N1.
The most recent earthquake to hit Belize and Honduras on May 28th has been an eye opener. The Belize Red Cross has been busy disseminating information on disasters such as hurricanes and floods to vulnerable communities. However, when this new hazard hit, it was found that the population was not aware of what to do and while earthquakes don't give advance warnings, it is important to know what to do when the earth shakes or when a tsunami watch is declared.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies (IFRC) is encouraging the people of the Caribbean to become 'Red Cross ready' for the 2009 hurricane season which officially starts today, June 1st and ends on November 30th.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasters say the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be near-normal. However, the IFRC is advising the public to prepare for the possibility of being hit by a storm.
It takes just one hurricane to provoke a humanitarian disaster.
After a hurricane or storm, the most obvious needs always emerge...almost always that is.
For those who were affected by Tropical Storm Gustav which impacted the island of Jamaica on August 28-29, 2008, their needs were clear. Many persons, particularly those in the worst affected parishes of Portland, St. Mary, St. Catherine, Kingston & St. Andrew and St. Thomas, needed food, water and shelter.
But what about the 'not so clear' needs? The need to maintain proper personal hygiene, for example?
By Allison Ali in Trinidad
Hurricane Ike tore through the Caribbean on Sunday leaving behind mass devastation as the region tries recovery from storms Gustav and Hanna which has already caused severe death and destruction.
Ike, a powerful category four storm barreled through the Turks and Caicos islands with fierce winds and trains and tore roofs of homes and caused serious infrastructural damage. Emergency officials estimated 80 percent on Grand Turk have been destroyed or have lost roofs but the full extent of the damage is not yet known.
The Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross (TTRC) together with the Adventist Disaster Relief Agency (ADRA) recently assisted persons in the community of El Dorado who were severely affected by the flooding which took place over the weekend of September 7.
The TTRC, represented by acting director general, Angela Gouveia and other members, teamed up with representatives of ADRA to distribute relief items to persons along the Eastern Main Road, where flood waters entered homes and caused significant damage.
They visited affected persons and identified a central point for distribution where …
The Jamaica Red Cross (JRC) is playing its part in the national response to Tropical Storm Gustav which impacted the island on Thursday August 28 and Friday August 29, 2008.
The organization has been working closely with the Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management (ODPEM) and other agencies to ensure that the needs of those most affected are met.
During and immediately after the passage of the storm, Jamaica Red Cross volunteers provided over 400 meals to persons in shelters and are currently conducting damage assessments and relief distribution.
"We are …
By Allison Ali in Trinidad
Just days after Hurricane Gustav caused mass destruction in the Caribbean, another storm Hanna is making its way through the region.
Hanna which was downgraded earlier in the day from a Category 1 hurricane had top wind speeds of 70 miles per hour (mph), according to the National Hurricane Centre.
While the Haitian Red Cross is busy providing relief to those that were affected by Hurricane Gustav, the Jamaican and Cayman Islands Red Cross is busy preparing to deal with Gustav's onslaught.
On Thursday, Gustav churned towards Jamaica and the Cayman Islands with winds near hurricane force. Gustav moved away from the island of Hispaniola, where reports say it claimed the lives of 23 people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
The Cayman Islands Red Cross overseas branch has activated its Community Disaster Response Team (CDRT) to deal with flooding caused by Hurricane Dolly.
The system became a named storm while over the Caymans. It was updated to a hurricane after leaving Cayman waters.
Heavy rains and strong gusts were experienced and due to the flatness of Grand Cayman, there was immediate concern about flooding in the densely populated area.
By Allison Ali in Trinidad
Tropical Storm Arthur, the first storm of the 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season pounded several districts of Belize over the weekend causing severe flash flooding and some unconfirmed deaths.
According to reports, there are many stranded individuals calling for help to evacuate. At least one bridge and part of a highway to the south of Belize have been washed away. Several other major bridges are under water including one between Belize City and Belmopan.
The Hurricane Dean reconstruction effort in Jamaica has received a bolster from the European Commission and the French Red Cross with the implementation of a new reconstruction project to benefit 110 families affected by Hurricane Dean.
The project is being implemented by the Jamaica Red Cross with funding and technical support provided by the European Commission (ECHO), the French Red Cross and the General Council of Guadeloupe.
The project will concentrate its interventions in Clarendon, St Elizabeth and St Catherine, three of the parishes which were most affected by the …