Disaster Management Partnerships “Arise”

Julia Rawlins-Bentham Top Stories

Barbados’ public and private sectors have teamed up for a new initiative to boost this island’s resilience to disasters and mitigate risks where possible. It is the Global Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies or ARISE Initiative, which promotes proactive actions from the private sector to prevent economic loss and new business opportunities related to disaster management. This is …

Include Disaster Management In Budgets

Julia Rawlins-Bentham Top Stories

A call has been made for emergency management and disaster preparedness to be mainstreamed in the budgets of Caribbean countries. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Gayle Francis-Vaughan, made this appeal today as she addressed a two-day Caribbean Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Seminar at the Hilton Barbados Resort. “Personally, as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry responsible …

Responding To Emergencies: The Barbados Plan

Julia Rawlins-Bentham Top Stories

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 …

BDF Ready To Respond To Disasters

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This island is well served by the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) in its national response to disasters. Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, was full of praise for the island’s soldiers, who he said continued to excel in the area of disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Speaking during the BDF’s 38th anniversary parade and sunset ceremony at St. Ann’s Fort last Saturday, …

Japan Keen To Assist Barbados

Julie Carrington Top Stories

Japan is willing to lend its expertise to help Barbados improve its disaster management, so as to allow the island to recover in the shortest possible time after a major disaster. Japan’s Ambassador to Barbados, Teruhiko Shinada, gave this undertaking today during a courtesy call on Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, at his office in Webster’s …

Volunteers To Benefit From Tradewinds

Julia Rawlins-Bentham Ministry News

Volunteers in Exercise Tradewinds 2017 will not be going away empty handed. That’s because each person will have an opportunity to participate in basic first aid and disaster management training at the conclusion of the exercise. This was disclosed by Host Nation Co-Director, Major Carlos Lovell, during the first of two town hall meetings held to create awareness and encourage …

Plan Development Critical For Survival

Julia Rawlins-Bentham Ministry News

Government and privately-owned enterprises operating in the Holetown, St. James area were today advised that their ability to survive the impact of a hazard depended heavily on their preparation for such an event. This was one of the key messages they received during a two-day Planning Development and Enhancement workshop hosted by the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) at the …

Media: Disaster Plans In Place

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The flow of information will continue where possible in the event of a natural disaster as media houses have announced that they have contingency plans in place. And, while some have admitted to not testing those plans to their fullest extent, media managers have given the assurance that consideration was given to alternate locations in the event that their regular …

Don’t Be Complacent This Hurricane Season

Julia Rawlins-Bentham Ministry News

(Stock Photo) The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane season has opened with renewed calls for Barbadians to be prepared and not be complacent. The reminder that “it only takes one major event making landfall to significantly impact the island” was again emphasised by Acting Deputy Director of the Department of Emergency Management, Captain Robert Harewood. Speaking during the Department’s annual press conference …