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Haiti Earthquake: A catalyst for Regional Disaster Management Support from Australia.

The Government of Australia signed an agreement last Friday with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to facilitate the handing over of an initial AUS$1 million for humanitarian assistance to earthquake ravaged Haiti. This was done during a visit to the Coordinating Unit by Australian High Commissioner, Mr. Philip Kentwell where he was brought up to date on the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) Response effort to Haiti. His discussions with CDEMA also centered on longer term support for Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) in the region.

Haitian Government receives US$7.75M CCRIF payout

Kingston, Jamaica, January 26, 2010 (CCRIF) – The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) today paid the Government of Haiti US $7,753,579 following the Magnitude 7.0 earthquake which struck close to Port-au-Prince on 12 January, causing damage of catastrophic proportions. This represents the full amount due to the country based on its catastrophe insurance policy for earthquakes for the 2009/10 policy year, and which forms part of the country’s disaster risk management strategy. This value represents approximately 20 times the premium of US$385,500.

CDEMA opens special FCIB account for Haiti earthquake donations

In response to the devastating impact of the Haiti Earthquake, CARICOM has agreed that its primary assistance will be in the Health Sector. These will include both emergency services and facilities. A Special Account has been opened at the First Caribbean International Bank, Barbados to receive cash donations from persons wishing to support this CARICOM Haiti initiative.

These donations will be taken as follows:

  • Individuals and Corporate entities wishing to make deposits made in Barbados currency of cash and checks please click here
  • Individuals and Corporate entities wishing to make deposits made by wire transfer please click here
  • Countries /Participating States and NGOs wishing to make deposits made in US currency by Wire transfers for Haiti please click here
  • Countries /Participating States and NGOs wishing to make deposits made in any other currency by Wire transfers for Haiti please click here.

Thank you for your support, to the people of Haiti, and the victims of the January 12th Earthquake.

Haiti Earthquake Update #9 CARICOM Strengthening Haiti Relief Activities

MESSAGE: 7.0 HAITI EARTHQUAKE UPDATE #9 CARICOM Strengthening Haiti Relief Activities (As at 16:00 hrs, January 21, 2010)


An aftershock of magnitude 6.1 was felt as late as yesterday January 20, 2010 in Haiti. No significant damages were reported as a result of the aftershock.

However, the situation on the island is improving slowly. Efforts are being made to clean the main thoroughfares and collect some of the garbage off the streets. There are at least two areas where garbage is set on fire in an attempt to dispose of it.

Commerce has restarted throughout the city of Port-au-Prince along the roadside with hundreds of vendors selling from cooked food to gasoline and general merchandise.

Thousands of people continue to traffic throughout the city during the daylight periods (in vehicles and on foot) and there are numerous traffic jams especially en-route to and from the airport. There are no reports of dead bodies around the roadside

CARICOM strengthens response to Haiti

Bridgetown, Barbados, January 20, 2010 (CDEMA) – CARICOM efforts to provide relief to Haiti after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 are being strengthened following an assessment of the situation on the ground. Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Jeremy Collymore updated on the CARICOM response to Haiti at a press conference today at the CDEMA Coordinating Unit in Barbados.

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