The Organization of American States (OAS), in partnership with the Academy for International Disaster Preparedness of Florida International University (FIU), is offering a Disaster Field Operations Course on July 13 – 15, 2018. Citizens of CARICOM member states are encouraged to apply for scholarship consideration by June 27, 2018.

CCRIF Scholarship Programme
Provides scholarships to individuals to pursue a masters degree in hazard/disaster related disciplines at Caribbean universities (other than UWI) as well as institutions the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.
http://www.ccrif.org/content/scholarship

Regional Internship Programme
Provides opportunities for university graduates who have specialized in the areas of disaster risk management, environmental management, actuarial science, geography, climate studies and other similar areas to be assigned to national and regional organizations for practical work assignments.
http://www.ccrif.org/content/regional-internship-programme

On Thursday April 5th, 2018, an inception meeting between Saint Lucia and Cuba was convened in the Dominican Republic to discuss possible themes for south-south cooperation related to Multi-hazard Early Warning Systems between the two States. The inception meeting was arranged to fulfil an action related to expert intervention by Cuba to provide a solution package to address gaps identified in the Early Warning System of Saint Lucia under the Project entitled ‘Strengthening Integrated Early Warning Systems for More Effective Disaster Risk Reduction in the Caribbean Through Knowledge and Tool Transfer’ funded by the funded through the DIPECHO Action Plan for the Carib bean (2017) by the General Directorate of Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid of the European Union (ECHO).

The greatest achievement of this Early Warning Systems (EWS) intervention thus far has been the adaptation of the Multi-hazard Early Warning Systems (MHEWS) Checklist previously developed and revised through the efforts of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The adaptation process should also be celebrated as inter-governmental, non-governmental and vulnerable group interests have been engaged. Improvements to the tool are reflected in five areas:

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