Thirty-six Disciplined Forces graduate from CDEMA’s 2023 Search and Rescue Programme

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, October 12th, 2023 – As the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) embarks on strengthening its Regional Response Mechanism (RRM), the 2023 Regional Search and Rescue Training Programme (RSART) was hosted in Trinidad and Tobago from October 2nd-6th. The week-long training brought together 36 participants from the island’s disciplined forces, in partnership with the Caribbean Association of Fire Chiefs, with technical support from World Hope International.

CDEMA hosts its fourth GeoCRIS Beginner Training

Bridgetown, Barbados July 28, 2023 – As the CDEMA Coordinating Unit embarks on further inclusion of technology in its disaster management processes, the fourth annual GeoCRIS Beginner Training was hosted virtually with MapAction, bringing together the 19 CDEMA Participating States. Over 30 participants received in-depth training through specific modules and practical scenarios, equipping them with the tools needed to utilize geospatial data for risk and hazard mapping, as well as disaster preparedness and response.

CDEMA hosts Exercise Synergy 2023 to strengthen the Regional Response Mechanism

Bridgetown, Barbados May 30, 2023 – CDEMA hosted its fifth flagship regional exercise, SYNERGY, just ahead of the 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season on May 24, 2023. SYNERGY has become a staple on the agency’s calendar, to test the coordination of partners within the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM), as the Caribbean continues to exist in a complex multi-hazard environment.


CDEMA recently hosted Exercise REGIONRAP, its annual exercise to test the Emergency Telecommunications procedures, plans and networks across the CDEMA Coordinating Unit. Telecommunications is an essential element of disaster preparedness, and the exercise allows the CDEMA CU to gauge the efficiency and reliability of emergency telecommunications systems within the 19 CDEMA Participating States.

Senior Programme Officer - Telecommunications at CDEMA, Courtney King, shared the importance of the exercise saying, “Exercise REGIONRAP is conducted to ensure that one of the key lifelines keeping us together as a region during any form of hazard, is exercised, assessed and made readily available at all levels of Comprehensive Disaster Management - That lifeline being, Emergency Telecommunications.”

Thirty-one participants including the Regional Amateur Radio Operators, the Regional Security System (RSS) and some Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)/Drone Operators were challenged with addressing a scenario of multiple earthquakes causing a noticeable increase in volcanic activity from Kick-em Jenny, Soufriere and the La Soufrière volcanoes. Participants exercised key components of the Regional Emergency Telecommunications Plan in the face of multiple hazards and realistic occurrences.

The annual exercise is the functional component of Exercise SYNERGY, and is critical to ensuring the Emergency Telecommunications Tree of the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) is actively in use throughout the region. Participants gain practical experience in the application of the emergency telecommunications tree within their context. As UAV technology becomes integrated into Geographical Information Systems within National Disaster Offices, REGIONRAP allows for demonstration of how they can be effectively integrated into RRM operations.

Exercise REGIONRAP is supported by the Targeted Support to CDEMA Project under the outcome “Strengthened operational readiness to respond to natural disasters at the regional, sectoral, national and local levels.



The Importance of Exercise Synergy to the Regional Response Mechanism

The Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) is an integral part of the CDEMA System. It is a network of CDEMA Participating States (PSs), national, regional and international disaster stakeholders through which external response and relief operations in support of an impacted CDEMA PS are coordinated.