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Bridgetown, Barbados, December 6th, 2016 (CDEMA) – The former Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Jeremy M. Collymore was recently honoured by the Barbados Government for his outstanding contribution and leadership in Disaster Management at the national, regional and global levels. Collymore was honoured with the Barbados Service Star at the Awards of National Honours, on the celebration of Barbados’ 50th anniversary of Independence on November 30th, 2016.

Bridgetown, Barbados, November 21st, 2016 (CDEMA) – The Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) response to the devastation in Haiti as a result of Hurricane Matthew on October 4, 2016 is deemed a resounding success. CARICOM’s response was led by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in providing emergency relief supplies and early recovery operations in the two most affected areas of Les Cayes and Jérémie.

For the first time, World Tsunami Awareness Day (WTAD) is being commemorated all around the world in order to raise awareness on the importance of tsunami preparedness and to reaffirm the inherent links between disaster risk reduction and sustainable development. CDEMA joins with its national, regional and international partners in recognising and celebrating WTAD 2016. This year the events focus on effective education and evacuation drills. One example from the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions is the Caribe Wave Exercise, which happens every year.

Bridgetown, Barbados, October 14th, 2016 (CDEMA) - The Caribbean Community will rally support for its Member States, Haiti and The Bahamas, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. This was presented during CARICOM’s high level mission to both countries from October 11 – 13, 2016. The delegation which was led by Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and the Secretary General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRoque, also included; Mr Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Honourable Saboto Caesar, Minister of Agriculture, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Dr David Farrell, Principal of the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH).

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