Include Disaster Management In Budgets

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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 …

DEM Undertaking Preparedness Measures

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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 …

A Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) For Barbados

Julia Rawlins-Bentham Ministry News

As the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season approaches, disaster management officials will have additional ways of alerting the public about impending weather conditions and other hazards. The Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) was officially launched on November 10, 2017, and is designed to allow emergency officials to share alert messages with the population using various modes of communication. Director of the Department …

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 …

Damage Assessment Officers Needed

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With the hurricane season less than three months away, Government is currently working to augment the number of damage assessment officers required in case of any disaster. Word of this has come from Senior Field Investigator at the Barbados Statistical Service, Wayne Davis, who said some districts had more than enough damage assessment officers, while others had a shortfall and …

Be On Guard During Hurricane Season

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Though Barbados sustained only minor damage following the passage of Tropical Storm (TS) Matthew on Wednesday, September 28, residents are again being urged not to become complacent. That is the advice of Acting Deputy Director of the Department of Emergency Management, Captain Robert Harewood, as he commented on a report on the storm’s passage through the island last month. Captain …

Key Role For Youth In Disaster Management

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Fire fighters in training. (Stock Photo) Barbados’ youth can play an active role in responding to disasters when they occur in their communities across Barbados. To this end, the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), in conjunction with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, is undertaking The Block Initiative, where young people are being trained in the areas of first …

Library Displays For Hurricane Awareness Month

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As part of the activities to mark Hurricane Preparedness Month in June, the Department of Emergency Management will host a series of library displays until month-end. These displays, which provide information on various hazards, will be erected at public libraries in Holetown, St. James; the Valley Resource Centre, Glebe, St. George; Tamarind Hall, Speightstown, St. Peter; and the Main Library, …

Don’t Be Complacent This Hurricane Season

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(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 …