Tsunami Recognition Status For Holetown

Julia Rawlins-Bentham Ministry News

Holetown, St. James is poised to become the first community in Barbados to achieve the UNESCO internationally approved Tsunami Ready Certificate of Recognition. Over the next five months, the Holetown community will engage in the process that would involve them looking at a range of mitigation, preparedness and response measures to the hazards. This was disclosed today by Director of …

Sign Language Training For Responders

Julia Rawlins-Bentham Ministry News

Emergency responders and community volunteers will now be better able to communicate with the deaf during a disaster, after recently completing a sign language course. Police officers and members of the Barbados Coast Guard, the Barbados Fire Service and the District Emergency Organisations took part in the All Hands on Deck programme hosted by the Department of Emergency Management (DEM). …

Independence Parade Preparations Under Way

Jamal Weekes Ministry News

Preparations for the ceremonial parade to mark Barbados’ 51st Anniversary of Independence are under way. Earlier today, representatives from various Government departments, including the Prime Minister’s Office, the Barbados Defence Force (BDF), the Royal Barbados Police Force, the Ministry of Culture and the Department of Emergency Management, gathered for site visits at the Historic Garrison Savannah and the alternate locations, …

Secure Your Homes For Disasters

Julia Rawlins-Bentham Ministry News

Barbadians are being urged to secure their homes and make them the primary hub of safety during a disaster. In its message to mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction, recognised today, Friday, October 13, the Department of Emergency Management, has joined with the internationally acknowledged slogan of Home Safe Home. “That is the home should be able to prevent …

Shutdown Procedures To Be Reviewed

Julia Rawlins-Bentham Ministry News

There is a need for wider consultation on Barbados’ National Shutdown Procedures. And, Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Kerry Hinds, has indicated that as with any plan or procedure, there will be a need to review it “from time to time”. She was addressing the issue of the island’s National Shutdown Procedures during the sixth meeting of …

Flood Warning For Tropical Storm Maria

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A flood warning is now in effect for Barbados as feeder bands from Tropical Storm (TS) Maria begin to produce pockets of moderate to heavy showers, thunderstorms, and gusty winds across Barbados. The warning was issued by the Barbados Meteorological Services at 12:00 p.m. today, as the island remains under a tropical storm watch as TS Maria approached the region. …

DEM Hosting Sign Language Course

Julie Carrington Ministry News

The Department of Emergency Management (DEM) has commenced a sign language interpretation course to train emergency responders and community volunteers to lend assistance to the deaf community if the need arises. Under the theme: All Hands on Deck, the first training session is being conducted at the DEM’s Warrens headquarters from today, Tuesday, September 12, to Wednesday, September 20.  The …

Tropical Storm Warning For Barbados Lifted

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Head of the Civil Service, Dr. Louis Woodroffe, has announced that the Barbados public service will resume operation from 12:00 p.m. today, Friday, August 18, following the discontinuation of tropical storm and flood warnings for the island. The announcement was reported this morning by Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Kerry Hinds, during an update at the National …

DEM Director: Don’t Abuse Social Media

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Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Kerry Hinds, is appealing to residents across Barbados to avoid the abuse of social media during the passage of Tropical Storm Harvey. Ms. Hinds made this call during a media briefing at the DEM’s Warrens, St. Michael office early this morning to give an update on the system, which is still affecting …

Schools Urged To Have Disaster Plans

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Students of St. Stephen’s Primary being evacuated during a recent Exercise Tradewinds simulation. (DEM) Schools across Barbados are being encouraged to develop, implement and practise emergency response plans. Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Kerry Hinds, yesterday called on all teachers, students and staff of schools across the island to play a part in developing and practising these …