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On the doorsteps of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Premier and Minister for Finance, Hon. Ralph T. O'Neal has once again called on regional leaders to pay more attention on disaster management programs.

The bold call was made during the opening ceremony for the 2nd meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) at the Long Bay Beach Resort.

Wednesday 1st June marks the official start of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane. According to  William M. Gray and Philip J. Klotzbach of the Colorado State University, this Hurricane Season is predicted to be an above average one with sixteen (16) named storms nine (9) of these will become hurricanes and five (5) of these will become major hurricanes. The National Emergency Management Organisastion (NEMO) is urging all Vincentians to be ready for the hurricane season.

Bridgetown, Barbados, May 18, 2011 – (CDEMA) - The CDEMA Coordinating Unit (CU) will conduct a country support mission to Suriname May 19-20, 2011. Jeremy Collymore, Executive Director, of CDEMA will meet with senior officials of the Government, including the Ministry of Defence, and the National Coordination Center for Disaster Relief (NCCR), to discuss and identify areas of support with regard to advancing Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) and deepening collaboration between the CDEMA CU and Suriname. This is the first such mission since Suriname joined the agency.

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