Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)

  • Caribbean storms show urgency of rethinking aid for small island states

    A series of devastating storms in the Caribbean has highlighted the vulnerability of small island states, where a single hurricane can undo years of development and plunge prosperous households into poverty from one day to the next. Hurricane Irma turned 90 percent of homes on Barbuda to rubble and left financial losses of USD 100-200 million. Hurricane Maria has knocked…

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  • Barbados offers safer houses course to workers in building trade

    Bridgetown, Barbados, February 10, 2014 (CDEMA) – The Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP) will be offering a safer building course to workers in the building trade from this month (February 2014).  This course is an adaptation of the Regional Code of Practice for the Construction of Houses Course which was developed by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Rallies to Assist Countries Affected by Christmas Rains

    CARICOM Rallies to Assist Countries Affected by Christmas Rains

    Bridgetown, Barbados, January 09, 2014 (CDEMA) – In excess of EC$ 3,000,000.00 in donations have been mobilised by the Caribbean Community since a trough system impacted St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and Dominica over the Christmas holidays. Severe rains and high winds during the period December 23rd to December 25th, 2013 triggered flash flooding and landslides in St.…

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  • REMARKS FROM AMBASSADOR IRWIN LAROCQUE, CARICOM SECRETARY GENERAL

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Warm greetings to all delegates and CDEMA staff attending the Eighth Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management. I am honoured to provide brief remarks at the launch of the CDM Strategy 2014-2024, given the importance of this milestone event. I must apologise, however, for not being able to be present at the Conference in…

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  • More CARICOM Health Personnel for Haiti

    Bridgetown, Barbados, February 11, 2010 (CDEMA) – CARICOM sends a regional eight member team of health personnel to Haiti. The team of specialists from Barbados and Saint Lucia left for Haiti today to begin two weeks of voluntary service. These individuals will provide emergency and specialized health care to earthquake victims and compliment the work of teams from the Sub Regional Focal Point Jamaica.…

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  • CARICOM IN COMPREHENSIVE DISASTER RESPONSE TO HAITI

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) More than 300 persons from eleven Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States and Associate Members have so far been involved in the response to the devastating earthquake which struck Haiti on 12 January. The Region’s initial response was spearheaded by Jamaica, the sub-regional focal point with responsibility for the northern geographic zone of the Caribbean…

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  • CDERA AND WMO JOINTLY STUDY IMPACT OF EL NINO

    The Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA), and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), are jointly developing a study on the impact of El Nino, a global weather phenomenon, on the Region, according to Barbados’ Minister for Agriculture and Urban Development, the Hon. Anthony Wood. Addressing the 40th Session of the Caribbean Meteorological Council at the Sherbourne Centre in Barbados…

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