Disaster Management

  • Photo of CARICOM mourns the loss of life in Mexico

    CARICOM mourns the loss of life in Mexico

             The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has joined the international community in mourning the tragic loss of life wrought by the September 19th earthquake in Mexico City. CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Wednesday despatched a message of condolence to the government and people of Mexico, expressing his anguish with the widespread destruction and continuing trauma there.  This…

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  • Photo of ‘It has been brutal’ – Prime Minister Skerrit

    ‘It has been brutal’ – Prime Minister Skerrit

    A visibly emotional Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica, briefed the world on Thursday about the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria which directly hit the island on Monday evening. The island is now under a state of emergency and a curfew is imposed. “It has been brutal,” he said on a live programme hosted at ABSTV studios in Antigua and…

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  • Photo of CARPHA ready to assist Dominica

    CARPHA ready to assist Dominica

    The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), has deployed members of its staff, who have joined sister CARICOM institution, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), to carry out rapid needs assessment in Dominica. Dominica suffered widespread devastation to homes and infrastructure after Hurricane Maria, the second major storm to hit the Caribbean this month made landfall on the island on Monday. CARPHA’s team…

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  • Photo of Maria knocks out Montserrat’s electricity

    Maria knocks out Montserrat’s electricity

    Montserrat’s National Disaster Preparedness Response Advisory Committee (NDPRAC) Press Statement The National Disaster Preparedness Response Advisory Committee (NDPRAC) has issued a “ partial all clear” for Montserrat with immediate effect. This means that only essential services are allowed on the roads to ensure works are carried expeditiously to clear all roads and restore essential services island wide. Electricity is off…

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  • Photo of “Widespread Devastation!” – Dominica’s Prime Minister Skerrit

    “Widespread Devastation!” – Dominica’s Prime Minister Skerrit

    “Statement by Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit following last night’s passage of Category 5 Hurricane Maria over the island. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit Initial reports are of widespread devastation. So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace. My greatest fear for the morning is that we will wake to news of serious physical injury and possible…

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  • Photo of CARICOM gripped with compassion at widespread loss of life… – SG

    CARICOM gripped with compassion at widespread loss of life… – SG

      Caribbean Community Secretary-General, Amb. Irwin LaRocque, has expressed “profound condolences” to the President of the French Republic, His Excellency Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron.   Referring to the recent passage of Hurricane Irma over the Overseas French Caribbean Territories of St. Barthelemy and in particular Saint Martin, the Secretary-General in a Message of Condolence said –    “…the disruption, destruction…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Delegation tours hurricane devastated islands – announced plans for Donors Conference

    CARICOM Delegation tours hurricane devastated islands – announced plans for Donors Conference

    CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada and Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Wednesday completed a tour of hurricane devastated islands and have indicated that arrangements are being made  to convene an international  Donors Conference to mobilise the ‘significant resources’ required for the recovery effort. The touring CARICOM Delegation included  Mr. Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of the Caribbean…

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  • Photo of ‘Exceptional story of resilience’ – Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister following Hurricane Irma’s passage

    ‘Exceptional story of resilience’ – Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister following Hurricane Irma’s passage

    “My first words must be of thanks. Thanks to Almighty God in all his forms for standing at our side at a time of great adversity. There is no doubt that the Good Lord is on our side. We in Antigua have weathered the most powerful hurricane ever to storm its way through the Caribbean. And we have done so…

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  • Photo of Eastern/Northern Caribbean bracing for Hurricane Irma

    Eastern/Northern Caribbean bracing for Hurricane Irma

    A Hurricane Warning has been issued for the following islands as hurricane Irma churns its way across the Atlantic towards the Eastern and Northern Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, the British Virgin Islands, Sana, St. Eustatius, Sint Martin, St. Martin and Saint Barthelemy.  A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the…

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  • Photo of CARICOM extends sympathy to hurricane-damaged US

    CARICOM extends sympathy to hurricane-damaged US

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has extended its sympathies to the Government and people of the United States and especially the State of Texas on the loss of lives and extensive damage to property and infrastructure following the passage of Hurricane Harvey. CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in a message to US President Mr. Donald Trump, expressed the Community’s confidence that…

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