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Castries, Saint Lucia, June 15, 2009 (NEMO) - On June 11 The World Health Organization raised the swine flu alert to its highest level, saying the H1N1 virus had spread to enough countries to be considered a global pandemic. Increasing the alert to Phase 6 does not mean that the disease is deadlier or more dangerous than before, just that it has spread to more countries.

Tortola,Virgin Islands, June 04, 2009 (Department of Disaster Management)– The National Disaster Management Council (NDMC) convened its annual meeting today, chaired by His Excellency the Governor David Pearey at the Maria’s By The Sea Hotel’s Conference Room. The agenda included reports from the various subcommittees, presentations on the April 2nd National Simulation Exercise and the level of preparedness of the Territory for the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season. Of particular interest was the presentation on the VI Comprehensive Disaster Management Policy and Strategy, which was recently approved by Cabinet.

Bridgetown, Barbados, June 3, 2009 (Barbados Advocate) - THE Government of Canada has donated $10 963 (just over BBD $18 500) in support of the expansion and upgrading of the Barbados Citizens Band Radio Association’s VHF Repeater Telecommunications Network.
Chargé d’Affaires in the Canadian High Commission, Douglas Holland, revealed that “disaster risk management is a programming priority for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in its 10 year strategic framework for the Caribbean region”.

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