Disasters are Political. They Should Be.

Natural hazards are acts of nature out of our control. So it is understandable that when disasters occur, citizens look to their public officials and government to take charge. Arguably, disaster management can be seen as a public good because it is in the interest of the country and its citizens, and it would be heavily […]

CDEMA Strengthens its Resilience Framework for the 2021 Hurricane Season

Bridgetown, Barbados June 1, 2021– The 2021 Hurricane Season has officially commenced and CDEMA is charting the way for its 19 Participating States in the existing multi hazard environment. The Colorado State University forecast an above normal Atlantic basin and, further to this forecast, the Climate Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, […]

CARPHA’S First Ever Virtual Health Research Conference Highlights Pandemics, NCDs and Climate Change

In the Caribbean, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of death and disability and takes a heavy toll on societies. Climate change, is now well recognised as a threat to human health with impacts such as severe weather events and hurricanes, increases in mosquito-borne, food and waterborne diseases, water scarcity and food insecurity.  Pandemics […]

NOAA Predicts Another Active Atlantic Hurricane Season

May 20, 2021 – NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters predict a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season, and a 10% chance of a below-normal season. However, experts do not anticipate the historic level of storm activity seen in 2020. For 2021, […]

CARILEC Examines Unique Pandemic Lessons Learnt at CANTO Hosted Webinar

June 10, 2021 – Castries, St. Lucia: The Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Organisations hosted a recent episode of its popular ‘CANTO Conversations’ series on the critical topic: ‘Unique Pandemic Lessons to Better Prepare for Multi-Hazards’. This edifying panel discussion on lessons learnt during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic was executed by three (3) highly-competent professionals […]

Caribbean Disaster Coordinators Join Yearly Round Table Amidst Upcoming Hurricane Season And Ongoing Recovery Efforts Following La Soufriere Volcanic Eruptions

The first volcanic eruption at La Soufriere in St. Vincent & the Grenadines occurred on April 9th, 2021 at 8:41 a.m. AST.  Subsequently, there have been a series of eruptions over a two (2) week period, with the most recent eruption occurring on April 22nd, 2021 (La Soufriere Volcano, CDEMA Situation Reports #8 & #21, […]