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:

Bridgetown, Barbados, March 13th, 2018 (CDB) – The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), with support from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), has developed, and will implement new procurement and contract management procedures to facilitate a more streamlined and efficient use of their resource pool, including disaster management funds.

Belize City, Belize, February 23rd, 2018 (CRFM) - We know from the devastation wrought in the Caribbean last September by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, just how important it is for the region to step up its game in tackling climate change and the risks posed by natural disasters. The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has recently inked an agreement with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) that will put the region on better footing to address the impacts of disasters on fishing communities.

The Latin American and Caribbean Seismological Commission (LACSC) and the Seismological Society of America (SSA) will be hosting the Seismology of the Americas Conference in Miami, Florida on 14–17 May 2018.

There are over 50 technical sessions covering earthquake and tsunami topics. You are encouraged to submit an abstract to the Emergency Management Session or other through the Conference Website https://seismology2018.org/seismology-of-the-americas/

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

Nassau, Bahamas, December 9th, 2017 – More than 2 million € will be invested to strengthen disaster risk reduction and early warning systems through the exchange of good practices and building of capacities of the Caribbean countries to better be prepared to face destructive events in the future.

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