The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Coordinating Unit is pleased to announce the offering of the CARICOM/Brazil/FAO Disaster Risk Reduction Grant.

At a Summit convened in Brazil in April 2010, leaders of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil agreed to pursue greater cooperation in a number of areas, including Disaster Management and Civil Defence.

Message: The outer bands of Tropical Storm Tomas have begun to impact Jamaica and Haiti.  Hurricane warnings are in effect for Bahamas and Turks and Caicos.
Situation:
At 5.00pm, November 4, 2010, the centre of the storm was located at latitude 16.6 north and longitude 76.0 west, which is about 110 miles south southeast of Kingston, Jamaica and 280 miles west south west of Port-au Prince Haiti. Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph and tropical storm winds extend outward up to  120 miles mainly to the east of  the center.

Message: Regional Response Teams on the ground providing support to Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Event
Tomas impacted the CDEMA Participating States of Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Barbados, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines between October 29 and 31, 2010 and caused significant losses and damage to Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Excessive rainfall and high winds have resulted in damage to the housing stock, agriculture sector, road infrastructure,  downed power lines and disruption to the utilities sector.

Message: Tropical Storm Warnings in effect for Barbados, Grenada, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. Dominica under Tropical Storm Watch.

The Situation:
Tropical Storm Tomas, the nineteenth named storm of the season formed this afternoon, October 29, 2010 southeast of the Windward Islands.

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