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Scientists are currently in the Territory conducting an eight-day analysis of the geological effects of Hurricane Earl on Anegada to ascertain whether a hurricane impact was responsible for the catastrophic overwash that occurred between 1650 and 1800.

According to the Director of the Department of Disaster Management Sharleen DaBreo, this study is ongoing and relevant because scientists are concerned that the Subduction Zone in this part of the region could create a significant earthquake or tsunami event in the future.

Bridgetown, Barbados, January 28, 2011 (CDEMA) – The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) through the Australian‐funded Earthquake Readiness Capacity Building (ERCB) Project is hosting six (6) two day workshops in CDEMA’s Participating States. Barbados, Dominica, Haiti, St. Kitts/Nevis, Saint Lucia and the Turks and Caicos Islands are the beneficiaries of the National Earthquake Contingency Planning Workshops.

Bridgetown, Barbados, January 18, 2011 (CDEMA) – The first of two three (3) day Sub-Regional Training of Facilitators Workshop on Community based Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Programnme will be convened at the Cascadia Hotel and conference Centre, Port of Spain, Trinidad from Tuesday January 25th to Thursday January 27th, 2011.  

The workshop is being convened by CDEMA and hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) through the support of the Austrian Development Agency’s funded, “Mainstreaming Climate Change into Disaster Risk Management for the Caribbean Region (CCDM)” project.  

Twenty-five students from across the Caribbean, including four from the British Virgin Islands, have enrolled for a web-based training in “Introduction to Disaster Management” under the auspices of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College.

The three-month course will commence on Wednesday 19 January and is being offered by the College in collaboration with the BVI Government’s Department of Disaster Management on behalf of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency.

Bridgetown, Barbados Wednesday January 12, 2011 (CDEMA) – Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake on January 12, 2010 was a rude awakening to the urgency for earthquake contingency planning in CDEMA Participating States and a graphic reminder of the need for the region to embrace and implement the core concepts and principles of Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM).

The events that unfolded in Haiti in the aftermath of the January 2010 quake has jolted recognition of the magnitude of impact that is possible in the absence of comprehensive disaster risk management. The event provided the region with invaluable lessons that can and should inform the way forward in addressing the earthquake hazard. The memories of death, suffering, loss and the immense displays of human compassion have highlighted the need to meaningfully address earthquake readiness in the Caribbean.  Capacity must be built and potential losses minimised.

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