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Flash Flood Event Impacts Virgin Islands Residents

Road Town, Tortola,September 24, 2010 – Response agencies, both government and private and have been extremely active since Sunday's flash flood. On the 19th September 2010, as Hurricane Igor moved northward, it drew most of the moisture from a tropical wave south of the Virgin Islands. This resulted in the showers and intense thunderstorms that affected the local area on Sunday afternoon, causing many areas to experience flash flooding.

CDEMA Public Information Note #2 –Tropical Storm Matthew

Message: Tropical Storm Watch now in effect for Belize. (as at 8.00p.m. September 24, 2010)

 The Situation:
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the coast of Belize. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within 12 to 24 hours.  At 8.00p.m today, Friday, September 24, the center of Tropical Storm Matthew was estimated near latitude 14.9 north longitude 84.4 west. Matthew is moving toward the west near 15 mph (24 km/hr) and this motion is expected to continue during the next day or two.

Strengthening Haiti’s Emergency Communications

Bridgetown, Barbados Monday September 20, 2010 (CDEMA) – Disaster Risk Management (DRM) experts at Haiti’s Civil Protection Directorate (CPD) will benefit from training in Emergency Communications through the CDEMA’s Haiti Technical Assistance Program. CDEMA’s HTAP staff will facilitate a three day workshop from September 22- 24, 2010 in Port au Prince supported by regional Emergency Communications and Information and Communications Technology specialists.

Government of Anguilla receives US$4.28M insurance payout following passage of Hurricane Earl

16 September, 2010 – Today, the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) paid the Government of Anguilla US$4,282,733 following the passage of Tropical Cyclone Earl which passed close to the island on 30 August, 2010. This amount was due to the Government based on its catastrophe insurance policy for hurricanes which forms part of the country’s disaster risk management strategy. The value represents almost 20 times the annual premium of US$225,000 that the Government pays for hurricane coverage. Anguilla has been a member of CCRIF – and has had catastrophe insurance policies for earthquakes as well as hurricanes – since the inception of the Facility in 2007. The fifteen other Caribbean member countries joined Anguilla in renewing their CCRIF policies for the new policy year that began on 1 June, 2010.

Opening Remarks by Elizabeth Riley Deputy Executive Director (Ag) CDEMA at Regional Consultation on the Review of Existing Disaster Management Legislation and Regulation and Adaptation

Good morning, it is a pleasure to deliver brief opening remarks at today’s Regional Consultation on behalf of the CDEMA Executive Director.

It is with particular pleasure that I welcome my colleague Ms Helena Stare, from the Delegation of the European Commission which have provided the financial resources for this work. I also wish to welcome the delegates representing the CDEMA Participating States, members of the Legislation Advisory Committee supporting this work, partners, CDEMA Coordinating Unit colleagues and the team from the Disaster Management Consortium of St. Kitts and Nevis who will be facilitating the workshop.  

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