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Opening ceremony remarks of Executive Director, CDEMA at the 4th Annual CDM Conference

The Honorable Bruce Golding, Prime Minister of Jamaica, Distinguished Representatives of Government, Invited Guests, Conference Delegates, Members of the Media, and Other Partnersin Disaster Management:

This 4th CDM Conference is taking place at a critical anniversary juncture in the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) historical landscape in the Caribbean. These include the initiating, thirty years ago, of the dialoguing on actioning a regional isaster preparedness and prevention programme which gave birth to the infamous Pan Caribbean Disaster Preparedness revention Project (PCDPPP); the birthing of ODIPERC, now ODPEM also thirty years ago; the pioneering international conference on disaster mitigation twenty five years ago in Ocho Rios; and theagreement of the Conference of the Heads of Government of CARICOM twenty years ago in Grande Anse, Grenada to establish a regional inter-governmental framework for coordinating its policies and programmes in DRR, CDERA now CDEMA.

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Comprehensive Disaster Management Conference Streaming Live on ODPEM Website

Montego Bay,Jamaica,December 8, 2009 (ODPEM, CDEMA) - History has been made at the fourth Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) with its first live online broadcast. From now until Thursday December 10, 2009 persons will be able to view the conference live on www.odpem.org.jm . With an audience interactive chat feature streamers can now communicate in real time using social networks, Facebook, Twitter and Ustream.

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ODPEM and CDEMA advancing Comprehensive Disaster Management

By ODPEM, CDEMA

Montego Bay, Jamaica, December 7, 2009 (ODPEM, CDERA) - The fourth Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) has, on its inaugural day, successfully advanced the disaster management agenda in several critical areas. Twelve (12) meetings were held on the opening day. The day’s activities highlighted the need for disaster risk reduction (DRR) regionally and looked at DRR in key areas including education, health, law, tourism and business.

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CDEMA remembers November 2007 Caribbean Sea Earthquake

CDEMA Staff evacuates building during Exercise Shake-UpBridgetown, Barbados, November 27, 2009 (CDEMA) - Staff at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (formerly CDERA) could be seen taking cover under desks and holding on during an earthquake exercise conducted today (November 27) at the Coordinating Unit in Barbados.

Andria Grosvenor, CDEMA, Programme Manager (Ag.) said, “ Exercise Shake-up” had a twofold purpose, to commemorate the November 2007 Caribbean Earthquake which was a strong reminder of the region’s exposure to the threat of earthquakes and for the Staff of CDEMA to practise safety actions and procedures during an earthquake event.”

“The earthquake of November 29, 2007 was experienced by thousands in twelve of the CDEMA Participating States and has increased the awareness of the hazard in States where many people believed that they were safe from earthquakes. We hope that countries across the region will observe this event annually on the last Friday of November to promote earthquake awareness and safety,” she added

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Notice: Canada Caribbean Disaster Risk Management (CCDRM) Fund's third call for proposals

The Canada Caribbean Disaster Risk Management (CCDRM) Fund announces the third call for project proposals. Details are attached.icon Request for Proposals CCDRM (187.59 kB)

 
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