The Virgin Islands has been selected as a beneficiary member state to receive the results of a Geographical Information Systems (GIS-based) Flood Early Warning System (FEWS) Project.Dr. Jacob Opadeyi, Head of Geometrics Engineering and Land Management at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago hands over Mobile ArcPad Computer and a JUNO handheld GPS system to Ms. Garymar Rivera, Senior Technical Planning Manager at the Department of Disaster Management, Virgin Islands. Mr. Seon Levius (middle), Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Specialist Manager and representative from CDEMA was present during the presentation

As part of the regional Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Strategy and Framework 2007 – 2012, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is currently implementing major Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) initiatives aimed at reducing the vulnerability of its Participating States to hazard impacts. In this regard, a two day GIS-based Flood Early Warning System Workshop is being held at the DDM conference room. This workshop is geared towards developing and testing the operational Flood Early Warning Systems Protocol and to demonstrate the uses of GIS in enhancing field operations during the planning and management of flood evacuation.


Bridgetown, Barbados, February 14, 2011 (CDEMA) - Senior government officials of the Eastern Sub-Region under the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) system will meet in Antigua and Barbuda under the auspices of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) to discuss the strengthening of coordination for disaster response in their sub-region.

Bridgetown, Barbados, February 9, 2011, (CDEMA) - The Management Committee of Council (MCC) of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) held its first meeting last Friday (February 4, 2011) in Barbados.  

In his opening remarks, the Honorable Charles Savarin, the Chair of the CDEMA Council and Minister for National Security, Immigration & Labour in Dominica, said that the Meeting was “ a critical step in  giving life to the deepening of the CDEMA governance process, a key element of the policy context that guided the renaming and restructuring of the  Agency.”  

Bridgetown, Barbados, February 8, 2011 (CDEMA) – CDEMA through the support of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) is enhancing the mechanisms for notification and dissemination of warning information on tsunami and other coastal hazards to at risk coastal populations in its Participating States.

Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, February 4, 2011,  (NEMO) - According to information received from the Seismic Research Centre (SRC), University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and the Soufriere Monitoring Unit, Ministry of Agriculture, at 8:16 am today, February 4, 2011, an earthquake of magnitude 5.1 occurred north of the Paria Peninsula between Trinidad and Venezuela.

The earthquake was felt in Trinidad, St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Grenada. The event was located at 11.36°N and 61.87°W with a depth of 144km. No damage or injuries were reported. These results are preliminary and may vary slightly when additional data is processed.


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