Disaster Management

  • Photo of British Virgin Islands cleans up after flash flood

    British Virgin Islands cleans up after flash flood

    (Photo via Caribbean News Service) Tortola, British Virgin Islands – The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is in full “clean up mode” following extensive flooding in certain areas of the Territory with the hardest impact occurring on the island of Tortola. Heavy and steady precipitation from the tropical wave caused flooding in low lying areas as well as damage to streets and sporadic…

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  • Photo of Sargassum project presents at the Smithsonian

    Sargassum project presents at the Smithsonian

    A Saint Lucian project on the transformation of sargassum seaweed into organic compost will be showcased during the Earth Optimism Summit at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. The project, the brainchild of Johannan Dujon, owner/manager of Algas Organics, will be highlighted at a gathering of 1000 conservation practitioners, pioneering scientists from varied fields, leaders in industry, philanthropists and artists.…

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  • Photo of CDEMA and CARICAD Formalise Partnership for Regional Sustainable Development

    CDEMA and CARICAD Formalise Partnership for Regional Sustainable Development

    In a true demonstration of regional partnership, two CARICOM institutions have taken an important step to formalize their relationship towards enhancing sustainable development across the region. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to demonstrate their synergistic relationship through more strategic collaboration. The MOU was signed…

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  • Photo of Government of Haiti helps 1.4 million persons affected by Hurricane Matthew with CCRIF’s Payouts

    Government of Haiti helps 1.4 million persons affected by Hurricane Matthew with CCRIF’s Payouts

    The CEO of CCRIF SPC, Mr. Isaac Anthony met on Monday with Haiti’s Minister of Finance, Hon. Yves Bastien and his advisors to discuss the recent payouts of US$23.4 million to Haiti made under the country’s tropical cyclone and excess rainfall policies, as a result of Hurricane Matthew’s passage through that country last month. This is the largest payment ever…

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  • Fifth Meeting of the CDEMA Council will convene in Barbados

    Bridgetown, Barbados, June 26, 2014, (CDEMA) – The Fifth (5th) Meeting of the CDEMA Council of Ministers will convene on Friday, June 27, 2014 at the Hilton Hotel in Barbados. The meeting will be attended by Ministers and Permanent Secretaries with responsibility for disaster management within the CDEMA Participating States.  The Council is the highest level decision making body in…

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  • Photo of CARICOM and Mexico leaders hold third summit

    CARICOM and Mexico leaders hold third summit

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Agriculture and disaster risk reduction take centre stage as Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Mexico gather in Merida, Mexico for their Third Summit on Tuesday 29th April. The Summit will be preceded earlier in the day by a meeting of the Foreign Ministers. In 1974 Mexico became the first country…

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  • 6.5M Earthquake Shakes Eastern Caribbean, From Martinique to Grenada

    A 6.5-magnitude earthquake northeast of Barbados caused shaking across the Eastern Caribbean early Tuesday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey. The quake, which occurred 172 kilometres northeast of Barbados, struck at around 5:27 AM local time. The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre also recorded the quake has having a magnitude of 6.5 on the Richter…

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  • Photo of CARICOM SG reports… : Considerable progress seen in Haiti since deadly 2010 earthquake

    CARICOM SG reports… : Considerable progress seen in Haiti since deadly 2010 earthquake

    FOUR years have passed since that devastating 2010 earthquake levelled Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, wreaked havoc on the lives of multiple thousands of Haitians, and ruined the country’s infrastructure and local economy.Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), has noted that there has since been “considerable progress” made in rebuilding Haiti. Addressing the issue in a statement on…

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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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