DEM Undertaking Preparedness Measures

Julia Rawlins-Bentham Ministry News

Being prepared for a disaster requires partnerships, teamwork and coordination. This is according to Director of the Department of Emergency Management, Kerry Hinds who has underscored the importance of community volunteers in District Emergency Organisations and similar agencies which form an integral part of the system. “Community volunteers assist greatly when we are preparing for, responding to, and recovering from …

Barbados Gears Up For Hurricane Season

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The Department of Emergency Management (DEM) will host a number of activities next month to mark the start of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season on Friday, June 1. Under the theme: Helping Ourselves and Our Neighbours, the activities will kick off with the annual press conference on Friday, June 1, in the DEM’s Conference Room at its No. 30 Warrens …

Disaster Preparedness Town Hall Meeting

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The St. Michael Parish Independence Committee (PIC) will host a town hall meeting on disaster preparedness on Sunday, June 10, at the St. Michael School Hall, Martindales Road, St. Michael, beginning at 5:00 p.m. According to the St. Michael PIC, the purpose of the town hall meeting is to discuss the importance of properly preparing for potentially dangerous natural occurrences …

Responding To Emergencies: The Barbados Plan

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Early projections for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season anticipate above- average activity, with 14 named storms – seven of which are likely to become hurricanes – and three major hurricanes. With memories still fresh of the devastation left behind by last year’s Hurricanes Maria and Irma in the region, a greater focus is being placed on the planning process for …

Media Key To Preparedness Efforts

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Media persons play a significant role in disseminating messages of preparedness for the hurricane season or other disasters. And, their efforts to deliver timely information and tell the stories of countries and citizens impacted by the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season were lauded recently during the opening of a Public Information and Education Standing Committee (PIESC) meeting at the Department of …

More People Engaged In Tsunami Awareness

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More people are seeking to find out about the earthquake and tsunami hazards and how they should get prepared. That is the assessment of Director of the Department of Emergency Management, Kerry Hinds, as she gave a summary of the month-long activities to mark Tsunami and Earthquake Smart Month, themed: Road to Tsunami Recognition. “This year, I saw an increased …

Education Key To Mitigating Tsunami Risks

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The tsunami risk in the region is real and should be taken seriously. And, Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Kerry Hinds, has emphasised the need for public education and outreach programmes throughout communities in Barbados. She made these comments last Friday during the unveiling of Barbados’ third Tsunami Smart Sign, which was erected in the Sherman’s, St. …

CAP Testing A Moderate Success

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St. James Primary students and teachers making their way to the assembly point at Trents Plantation during the Caribewave Exercise today in Holetown, St. James. (A.Husbands/BGIS) Barbados’ Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) was tested publicly for the first time today during the Caribe Wave 2018 exercise, which saw simultaneous evacuations taking place in Holetown, St. James. And, while Director of the Department of Emergency …

Road To Tsunami Recognition: The Holetown Pilot

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Holetown, St. James is poised to create history by becoming the first community in Barbados to receive the UNESCO internationally approved Tsunami Ready Certificate of Recognition. Come Thursday, March 15, the western community will take centre stage in this year’s annual Caribe Wave 2018 exercise as it seeks to fulfill the requirements of becoming tsunami ready. Director of the Department …

Barbados To Take Part In Communications Test

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A full communications test will be conducted in Barbados on Thursday, March 15, as the island seeks its first UNESCO internationally approved Tsunami Ready Certificate of Recognition. The Department of Emergency Management (DEM) will be testing the Common Alerting Protocols (CAP), through the CAP application on cellular phones, email alerts and radio interrupts across the 90.1 FM, 98.1 The One …