The 6th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management officially ended on Friday December 09. This annual conference which has been positioned as an important forum for local, regional and international disaster risk management advocates and professionals, featured professional development sessions, stimulating plenary sessions, an exciting youth session and debate, an interesting High Level Session, film festival, a conference tour which assessed the dynamic of the vulnerabilities of Trinidad’s west coast, exhibition hall, poster display and a 20th Anniversary Awards ceremony which celebrated the contribution of five individuals whose leadership and commitment  have significantly influenced the development of disaster management in the region.

The 6th Annual Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management officially opened on Tuesday December 06 at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, Trinidad. This conference, which is being conducted under the theme Reflection, Introspection and Moving Forward, brings together disaster management professionals from Trinidad and Tobago, the region and countries as far as Cook Islands. Through the collaborative efforts of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago’s Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and other local, regional and international partners, conference delegates will be exposed to professional development sessions, four days of plenary sessions, a High Level Session, a Youth Session, a Film Festival and a conference tour which will explore the dynamics of vulnerability along Trinidad’s western coastline.

Trincity, Tacarigua, T&T , October 13, 2011- Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management - Children are agents of change and according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, they “have the right to participate in the decisions that affect their lives.” It is in this vein that the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) is pleased to join the United Nations today, in commemorating International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2011, the theme of which is Step Up for Disaster Risk Reduction: young people as partners in disaster risk reduction.

St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago .—October 19th, 2009 (SRC) – Students from two of Trinidad’s remote coastal communities are now better educated on tsunami safety thanks to an outreach initiative by the UWI Seismic Research Centre (SRC).

This year, the SRC chose Understanding Tsunamis as the main theme for its Earth Science Week celebrations and targeted two schools for raising awareness on tsunamis. “Currently, there is a lot of work being done to establish a tsunami warning system for the Caribbean but we still have a long way to go,” said SRC Education Officer, Stacey Edwards. “In the meantime it is very important for people living and working in coastal areas to be able to recognize a tsunami’s natural warning signs and to be able to respond appropriately,” added Edwards.

CDEMA Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. Resilience Way, Lower Estate, St. Michael Tel: (246) 434-4880, Fax: (246) 271-3660
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