CARILEC Joins CDEMA Led DDSA Team Deployed To St. Vincent & The Grenadines

On April 14th, 2021, CARILEC’s Energy Solutions Advisor (ESA), Mr. Thomas Mitschke was deployed as part of the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency’s (CDEMA) Detailed Damage Sectoral Analysis (DDSA) Team in support of the humanitarian efforts in St. Vincent and the Grenadines following the explosive eruptions of La Soufriere volcano that commenced on April 9, […]

Weathering the Storm: Lessons Learned from Texas

The recent winter storm in Texas left dozens of people dead, more than 3 million people without power, and nearly 15 million people with undrinkable water, damaged homes and economic distress from high energy bills. Damage from this storm is astonishing and estimated to cost between $195 billion and $295 billion, making it the most […]

Hurricane Forecasts Will Start Earlier in 2021

The National Hurricane Center says it will begin issuing Tropical Weather Outlooks in May, weeks before the June 1 beginning of hurricane season. The federal agency is also considering moving up the official start date of the Atlantic hurricane season. Named systems have formed in the Atlantic prior to the official start of the season […]

CDEMA deploys Superintendent Sylvan McIntyre to St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Bridgetown, Barbados, March 4th, 2021 – The CDEMA Coordinating Unit has officially deployed Superintendent Sylvan McIntyre of Grenada to assist authorities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines with the effusive eruption at the La Soufriere Volcano. Commencing March 1, 2021, Superintendent McIntyre will spend six weeks supporting the national disaster office with the ongoing volcano crisis […]

Virtual Caribbean Safe School Initiative Pre-Ministerial Forum Scheduled for March 15 – 26, 2021

Bridgetown, Barbados February 17th, 2021 (CDEMA) – The Virtual Caribbean Safe School Initiative (CSSI) Pre-Ministerial Forum has been organized through a collaborative effort between the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean (UNDRR ROAC), Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Office […]

Update from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) on COVID-19 Vaccines and Variants

The Caribbean Public Health Agency is aware that some countries in the European Union have suspended their AstraZeneca vaccination campaign, as a result of reports of rare blood coagulation disorders in people who had received the vaccine.   This was done as a precautionary measure while a full investigation is conducted into the reports.  At present, […]

CARICOM Secretary-General Praises Strong Regional Solidarity in COVID-19 Vaccine Sharing

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Friday praised the strong solidarity within CARICOM as Member States share their limited first batches of COVID-19 vaccines. The Secretary-General’s comment came as he led his CARICOM Secretariat Staff in taking vaccine shots from 100 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine provided by Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados.   The […]

CDEMA Successfully Hosted Geospatial Online Training for Participating States

Bridgetown, Barbados February 1st, 2021 – The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) successfully hosted an online training programme and simulation exercise in geographical information systems (GIS) for disaster risk management (DRM) in the Caribbean region. The training programme was delivered between January 11th and 28th 2021, with the final two days dedicated to a simulation […]