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Six earthquakes affected Antigua and Barbuda Sunday and Monday

St. John, Antigua, April 18th, 2016 (NODS) - A total of six earthquakes affected Antigua and Barbuda between Sunday night and Monday morning, according to information received from the UWI Seismic Research Centre in Trinidad.

The quakes, which struck between 11:12 Sunday night and 4:31 Monday morning, were reportedly felt throughout the island, in Barbuda and other neighbouring territories such as Montserrat and St Kitts and Nevis. The biggest quake which measured a magnitude of 5.8 occurred Monday morning at 1:23.

There were no reports of damage or injuries in Antigua and Barbuda.

Director of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) Philmore Mullin says this is not the first time these swarms of earthquakes have occurred in rapid succession over a short period of time.

The fact is Antigua and Barbuda is located in a very active seismic area and residents need to accept responsibility for their safety and protection.

Drop, Cover and Hold (DCH) is the means of protection during an actual impact and if there are any signs of damage, once the shaking stops, individuals should evacuate safely. It is also advised that persons should account for family members, look for injuries, check on neighbours and assist with first aid where necessary.

NODS advises that earthquakes are not always going to be just a shaking and ought to be taken seriously. Practise the DCH, evacuate where necessary and more importantly learn first aid, practice drills and put procedures in place for the home, church, school, workplace and other places regularly visited.

The trigger for a tsunami is usually an earthquake at a depth of 100 kilometres or less and at a magnitude of 6 and above on the Richter Scale. Research shows that since 1530, Antigua and Barbuda has been affected by 24 tsunamis.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL - Developing Hurricane Shelters for Fishing Vessels in Antigua and Barbuda

The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) invites applications from individuals or firms in response to a Request for Proposal (RFP) to ensure that the proposed project intervention of Developing Hurricane Shelters for Fishing Vessels in Antigua and Barbuda is technically sound, sustainable and feasible, specifically within finance restrictions of the Canada Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Fund.

CDEMA approves funds to support advancement of Disaster Legislation in Dominica

Barbados, April 10, 2017 (CDEMA) – The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) - Commonwealth of Dominica has been awarded Euro 9,640.00 to facilitate a review, consultation and update of their draft Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Legislation. The grant funds were awarded by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in March 2017 under the Country Directed Fund (CDF), which is financed by the European Union through the ACP-EU Natural Disaster Risk Management in the CARIFORUM Programme (NDRM).

CDEMA champions Caribbean School Safety Initiative

Bridgetown, Barbados, April 5th, 2016 (CDEMA) – At the recently concluded Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum held on April 3-4, 2017 in Antigua and Barbuda, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) reiterated its commitment to championing the Caribbean School Safety initiative towards building a culture of safety within the education sector. Please click here for the complete press release.

RFP Extension Notice

The Canada Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Fund (CCDRMF) wishes to inform individuals/firms that the closing date for the following Request for Proposals (RFP) have been extended until noon, April 24, 2017: (Click links below for more details)

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