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Montego Bay, Jamaica, December 8, 2010 (CDEMA & ODPEM) - The Prime Minister the Honourable Bruce Golding officially opened the 5th Annual Caribbean Disaster Management Conference at the Opening Ceremony held yesterday, Tuesday December 7, 2010 at the Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay.

Prime Minister Golding who was also the Key Note Speaker at the event commended the conference organizers for the focus on climate change and its impact on disasters. He lamented that a global consensus for climate change was not arrived at in Copenhagen and underscored the need for rapid disbursement of funds earmarked for climate change adaptation and mitigation. He further commented on the need for the global community to consider debt forgiveness for the Caribbean to alleviate the burden of disaster recovery given their vulnerability to climate change.

Montego Bay, Jamaica, December 8, 2010 (CDEMA & ODPEM) - The 5th Annual Caribbean Disaster Management Conference is now underway at the Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay.

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in association with its partners and in collaboration with The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) has, on its inaugural day, successfully advanced the disaster management agenda in several critical areas.

Bridgetown, Barbados, November 26, 2010 (CDEMA) -The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) will once again be commemorating the anniversary of the November 29, 2007 earthquake as Caribbean Earthquake Safety Day.  Staff of the CDEMA Coordinating Unit will participate in an earthquake exercise “Exercise Shake-Up” today, Friday November 26, 2010.

CDEMA wishes to advise that its offices will be closed on Monday, November 29, 2010 at 11:00 am to enable staff to attend the funeral service of our beloved staff member Ms. Sandra Lewis.

The office will also be closed on Tuesday November 30, 2010 which is Independence Day in Barbados.  We will reopen on Wednesday, December 1, 2010.

The CDEMA CU wishes to announce with regret, the passing of one of our valued  staff members, Ms Sandra Lewis.  Ms Lewis passed away on Monday, November 22, 2010 after a brief period of illness.

Sandra worked with CDEMA for approximately five (5)  years in various capacities. At the time of her passing she was the Secretary/Administrative Officer on the CDM/HIP Project.

CDEMA mourns this loss with her family and remembers her as a dedicated, committed and loyal staff member, with a vibrant spirit and positive attitude.  We will miss her greatly.  

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