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CARICOM’s Relief and Early Recovery Operations in Haiti, post Hurricane Matthew a Success

Bridgetown, Barbados, November 21st, 2016 (CDEMA) – The Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) response to the devastation in Haiti as a result of Hurricane Matthew on October 4, 2016 is deemed a resounding success. CARICOM’s response was led by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in providing emergency relief supplies and early recovery operations in the two most affected areas of Les Cayes and Jérémie.

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Hurricane Matthew - Final Situation Report as of 5:00pm on November 18th, 2016

1.0 The Situation:

Hurricane Matthew, the 5th named hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane season, was formed near the Windward Islands on September 28, 2016. As a Tropical Storm, Matthew impacted Barbados, Dominica, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Wednesday September 28, 2016. As a Hurricane, Matthew impacted Jamaica on the 3rd; Haiti on the 4th and The Commonwealth of the Bahamas during 4th - 6th October, 2016.

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A Virtual Crisis Room to answer man-made and natural disasters in the Caribbean

Bridgetown, Barbados, November 16th, 2016 - The Caribbean is not isolated from the impact of man-made and natural disasters, as the impact of Hurricane Matthew demonstrated recently. The Caribbean region’s increasing vulnerability to these threats demands a coordinated approach from its regional organizations. With the aim to improve their current coordination mechanisms and to establish a virtual crisis room, regional experts from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS) and its two subagencies the Regional Intelligence Fusion Centre (RIFC) and the Joint Regional Communication Centre (JRCC) along with the Regional Security System (RSS) converged at a series of workshops.

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The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) Host Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Secondary School Students in Providenciales

Turks and Caicos through the DDME Celebrates GIS Day 2016; Discovering the World through GIS

Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, November 11th, 2016 (DDME) - The DDME will observe for the first time in Turks and Caicos Islands, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day on Wednesday, 16th November 2016, at the DDME Conference Room, 1316 Customs Complex, Off Leeward Highway, Providenciales from 9:00am to 2:00pm. The media is encouraged to attend.

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DDME appoints Senior Programme and Policy Manager - Ms. Kyana Bowen

Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, November 1st, 2016 (DDME) - Ms. Kyana Bowen, has been appointed as the Senior Programme and Policy Manager, for the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME), with the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands as of 1st November, 2016 and will be stationed at the Providenciales Office.

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