Castries, Saint Lucia, July 28, 2009 (NEMO) - The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) together with the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) pilot tested a toolkit on Surviving a Flu Pandemic: What Your Municipality Can Do. It took place at the Velon John Administrative Building in Laborie the week of July 27, 2009.


June 16, 2008 – Thursday marks 60 years since the 1948 Castries Fire devoured 75% of Castries and rendered 2,000 homeless.

The fire alarm sounded shortly after 8:00 p.m. and by 8:30 p.m. the fire was out of control; so that for full 10-hours the fire spreading wherever the wind listed. After the first half-hour, hardly less than 4 to 6 buildings were ablaze at the same time and very often traveling in different directions. Even if there was water, there would not have been enough equipment to fight a fire of such magnitude. Of course with water and proper equipment the fire could not have progressed so rapidly and spread so widely. Nevertheless, let no one think for a moment that the fire was not fought, for if it were not fought the fire could not have been checked by the St Joseph's Convent on Micoud Street and at 59 St Louis Street and were it not checked at these points, perhaps not a house would have been left standing in the town.


At the start of the 2008 Atlantic Hurricane season, all sixteen original member governments of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) have signaled their continued support by renewing their 2008 policies.

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