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World Tsunami Awareness Day: new worldwide approach to disaster risk reduction

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, Wednesday 19th, November 2016  (UNISDR) – The commemoration of the World Tsunami Awareness Day in the Caribbean will take place on 20 October 2016 in Trinidad and Tobago, back-to-back to the Special Committee Meeting of the Disaster Risk Reduction of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS). The event will count with the participation of representatives from the ACS member states, the Government of Japan and intergovernmental organizations; such as Dr. June Soomer, Secretary General of the ACS and Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), among others. The identification of activities for upcoming WTADs in the Caribbean at regional, national and local level is expected during the event.

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Hurricane Matthew - Situation Report #13 as of 8:00 pm on October 15th, 2016

Message: The islands of The Bahamas and Haiti suffered severe impact from the passage of Hurricane Matthew, the 5th named Hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane season. As a result, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) through the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) facilitated the coordination and deployment of regional specialized response teams to provide operational support and damage/needs assessments in the most affected areas in Haiti and The Bahamas. The Caribbean Community will also make targeted relief interventions in the affected Member States.

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Hurricane Matthew - Situation Report #12 as of 8:00 pm on October 14th, 2016

Message: The islands of The Bahamas and Haiti suffered severe impact from the passage of Hurricane Matthew, the 5th named Hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane season. As a result, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) through the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) facilitated the coordination and deployment of regional specialized response teams to provide operational support and damage/needs assessments in the most affected areas in Haiti and The Bahamas. The Caribbean Community will also make targeted relief interventions in the affected Member States.

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CARICOM to support relief and recovery efforts in Haiti and The Bahamas post Hurricane Matthew

Bridgetown, Barbados, October 14th, 2016 (CDEMA) - The Caribbean Community will rally support for its Member States, Haiti and The Bahamas, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. This was presented during CARICOM’s high level mission to both countries from October 11 – 13, 2016. The delegation which was led by Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and the Secretary General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRoque, also included; Mr Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Honourable Saboto Caesar, Minister of Agriculture, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Dr David Farrell, Principal of the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH).

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Hurricane Matthew - Situation Report #11 as of 5:00 pm on October 13th, 2016

Message: The islands of The Bahamas and Haiti suffered severe impact from the passage of Hurricane Matthew, the 5th named Hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane season. As a result, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) through the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) facilitated the coordination and deployment of four (4) regional specialized response teams to provide operational support and damage/needs assessments in the most affected areas in Haiti and The Bahamas. To this end, a CARICOM Operational Support Team (COST) was deployed to Haiti and 3 Rapid Needs Assessment Teams (RNATs) were deployed to The Bahamas. The RNAT teams were re-deployed on Thursday October 14, 2016.

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