Preparations For Hurricane Season Under Way

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New emergency management policy considerations within the context of the national state of readiness are high on the agenda for Barbados. This was one of the items down for discussion during today’s Eighth Meeting of the Emergency Management Advisory Council (EMAC), chaired by Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, at Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael. Speaking during a short opening …

Run Tsunami Run 5K Walk & Run

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Members of the public are being encouraged to sign-up for this year’s Run Tsunami Run 5K Walk and Run scheduled for Sunday, March 24, at 4:00 p.m. The event will start at the Brighton junction, Brighton Road to Highway 1 (Carlton/A1), then continue on to the St. Stephen’s Hill junction with Highway 1 to Goddard’s Road. The return journey will …

Barbados To Conduct More Exercise Drills

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The public should expect to see more emergency response drills in Barbados. And, Director of the Department of Emergency Management, Kerry Hinds, said that a drill will be held to mark World Tsunami Awareness Day on Tuesday, November 5, this year. She made these comments at the Barbados Coast Guard during an initial debrief, following Thursday’s Caribewave 2019 exercise, as …

National Earthquake Preparedness Day – March 14

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The Department of Emergency Management (DEM) has designated Thursday, March 14, as National Earthquake Preparedness Day. Members of the public are encouraged to conduct the “Drop, Cover and Hold On” earthquake drill within their homes, schools, businesses or communities at 10:00 a.m. on the day. This national drill forms part of the activities to mark Coastal Hazards and Earthquake Smart …

Fire At Mangrove Pond Landfill Under Control

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The fire at Phase 1 of the Mangrove Landfill in St. Thomas that broke out just after 6:00 a.m. today is now under control. Officials from the Barbados Fire Service (BFS) will remain on the scene and continue to monitor the situation until the fire is extinguished. According to Divisional Officer, Errol Gaskin of the Northern Command, “the BFS is …

Barbados Seeking To Build Disaster Resilience

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With tsunamis accounting for $280 billion in economic losses over the last 20 years, Barbados is working towards achieving disaster resilient communities and reducing disaster losses. These points were raised on Monday by Director of the Department of Emergency Management, Kerry Hinds, as the island joined the rest of the world in observing World Tsunami Awareness Day 2018 under the …

Holetown Community Gets Evacuation Map

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Evacuation maps have been produced for the Holetown, St. James community. This forms part of the process required as Barbados continues its journey to having that district designated as the first Tsunami Ready Community on the island. Programme Officer at the Department of Emergency Management, Gayle Drakes, made this revelation during a seminar on Monday to mark World Tsunami Awareness …

DEM To Host Business Workshop

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As part of the activities to mark World Tsunami Awareness Day on Monday, November 5, the Department of Emergency Management will host a half-day business continuity workshop for private and public sector agencies. The workshop will be held on Monday, November 5, at the Folkestone Park and Marine Reserve, Holetown, St. James, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Holetown, St. James was …

Lecture On Weathering The Storm On Sunday

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Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Kerry Hinds, will deliver a lecture entitled: Weathering the Storm, on Sunday, August 19, at the St. George Secondary School, Constant, St. George, beginning at 6:00 p.m. It is being hosted by the DEM in collaboration with the Ermine Holmes Community Trust. Theatre Arts Lecturer, Dr. Yvonne Weekes, will also be present …

DEM Director To Speak On Disaster Preparedness

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Members of the public are invited to attend a community talk session on Monster Hurricanes, Tsunamis and Earthquakes, on Saturday, July 21, at the Connell Town Pentecostal House of Prayer, Connell Town, St. Lucy, beginning at 5:00 p.m. This forms part of the Community Talks Disaster Preparedness being hosted by The University of the West Indies (UWI), in collaboration with …