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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).

Georgetown, Guyana , April 14th, 2018 (Ministry of the Presidency) - Even as the Regional Chairman of Pomeroon-Supenaam (Region Two), Mr. Devanand Ramdatt, informed the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) of the destruction of three homes in Lima due to heavy winds, the Commission, yesterday, concluded an Initial Damage Assessment training for 45 persons from that region, as well as, Essequibo Islands-West Demerara (Region Three), Demerara-Mahaica (Region Four), Mahaica-Berbice (Region Five), East-Berbice Corentyne (Region Six) and the CDC’s Volunteer Corps. Those trained from Region Two will have their knowledge tested immediately as they have returned to their Region to participate in the damage assessment exercise there.

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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