PAHO’s Report on Disaster Management in a Pandemic

In any serious disaster a gap develops between resource needs and resource availability. In a severe pandemic this gap will be much worse due to global supply chain disruptions or delays and the fact that governments and aid organizations will be overwhelmed responding to all who need assistance at the same time. Your plan should […]

Early 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season Predictions

The hot-blooded 2020 hurricane season is less than a month in its grave, but there’s already a prediction that 2021 will conjure another year of tropical excess. Colorado State University, which has issued seasonal hurricane forecasts for 38 years, said global climate patterns and atmospheric humors are leaning toward a 65 percent chance of an above-normal […]

The United Kingdom Supports Monitoring of St. Vincent & the Grenadines La Soufriere Volcano

Bridgetown, Barbados January 12th, 2021 (CDEMA) – The CDEMA Coordinating Unit has received funding from the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (UK FCDO) in the amount of £51,000 through the Memorandum of Understanding on the ‘UK Support for the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Response Teams programme’. The funds will cover the cost […]

The Climate Question: How to Hurricane-Proof our World

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was one of the most active on record, according to the US National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration. There were a record-breaking 30 named storms, 12 of which made landfall in the continental United States. It was the fifth consecutive year of above-normal Atlantic hurricane activity. But is this a result […]

Press Release: CARILEC Urges Its Members to Remain Vigilant Notwithstanding the Official ‘Closure’ of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Castries, St. Lucia, December 10th, 2020: The CARILEC membership body throughout the Caribbean Region and beyond, survived the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season with minimal devastation or catastrophic damage.  Current scientific and medical research indicates the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic well into 2021, notwithstanding breakthroughs with the vaccines, and increased frequency and intensity of weather […]

Launching Paris – A CARICOM Moment of Ambition: Snapshots of Member States Nationally Determined Contributions

Several Caribbean Community Member States showcased their ambitions to further address climate change at a CARICOM Moment of Ambition event held on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Agreement, on Friday 11 December 2020. Member States representatives presented highlights of their enhanced National Determined Contributions (NDCs) at the event […]

CDEMA Launches New Caribbean Risk Information System (CRIS) Platform

Bridgetown, Barbados November 12th, 2020 (CDEMA) – The Caribbean Risk Information System (CRIS) platform was officially launched on November 12, 2020, by CDEMA, to fulfil its mandate of enhanced knowledge management in the Caribbean. The CRIS was designed to serve as the ‘one stop shop’ for hosting a wealth of information, contributing to the evidenced based […]

CDEMA Signs MOU with InterCaribbean Airways to Strengthen Disaster Relief Efforts

Bridgetown, Barbados November 16th, 2020 (CDEMA) – The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and InterCaribbean Airways Ltd. officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today, establishing a mutual agreement for the movement of relief personnel and supplies, necessary for providing an immediate coordinated response to regional disasters. The official signing was facilitated at a […]

Strengthening Disaster Preparedness in the Caribbean: A Reflective Approach

When disasters hit small countries, the effects on individuals, families, and communities last well after the headlines fade. Natural disasters are traumatic, bringing loss of life, dislocation, and violence. In 2019,The devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian on the Bahamas’ Grand Bahama and Abaco islands revealed a larger problem: countries with the least responsibility for climate […]