Bridgetown, Barbados, February 14, 2012 (CDEMA)
– The second annual consultation among senior government officials of the Eastern Sub-Region of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) system convened today in Antigua and Barbuda under the auspices of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS). The two day consultation, February 14 and 15, 2012, brings together National Disaster Coordinators and Permanent Secretaries from Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis and the Virgin Islands as well as the Deputy Governor of Anguilla.
The meeting will provide an opportunity for these key stakeholders to familarise themselves with national and regional disaster operational plans, have better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the SRFPs in the CDEMA Regional Response Mechanism and share updated contact information. This forum is also an avenue for these policy and decision makers to provide input into emergency response coordination planning of the Eastern sub-region. At the end of this meeting, a schedule for the meeting of policy and operational personnel within the sub-region will be developed.
CDEMA is facilitating these sub-regional consultations as part of a broader initiative of the €1.8 million ACP-EU funded Disaster Risk Management 3-year Sub-Regional Programme which seeks to build the resilience of nations and communities in the Caribbean to hazard impacts. .
The consultations, which were held for the first time in 2011, in each of the four CDEMA sub-regions are now scheduled as part of the annual programme to improve the capacity of Sub-Regional Focal Points (SRFPs) to respond to disasters within their sub-regions. The first set of meetings focused on the sub-regional structure, functions and coordination arrangements and also identified aspects of response deficiencies of each state within the sub-regions for resourcing under future programming.
The Sub-Regional Focal Points (SRFPs), Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago are CDEMA’s frontline response to member states after a disaster event. This year’s consultations will take place in each of the SRFPs over the next four (4) months.For further information please contact:
Senior Programme Officer - ACP-EU
Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency
Building #1 Manor Lodge Complex
Lodge Hill, St Michael, Barbados
Tel: (246) 425 0386
Fax: (246) 425 8854