Water Storage During Hurricane Season

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The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) is reminding the public that it is important to store an adequate supply of water during the hurricane season. The minimum recommended amount for drinking, food preparation and personal hygiene is five gallons per person, per day for at least five days. Additionally, water must be stored in clean, covered containers. Persons are encouraged to …

Travel Tips For Hurricane Season

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Barbadians travelling in the region, especially between June 1 and November 30, should be mindful that a natural disaster could occur and should be knowledgeable about where to turn to and be prepared for any eventuality. According to former Head of the Consular Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Natalie Cox,  if an overseas territory is affected by …

Water Storage During Hurricane Season

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The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) has advised that it is important to store an adequate supply of water for each individual and pets during the hurricane season. The minimum recommended amount for drinking, food preparation and personal hygiene is five gallons per person, per day for at least five days. Additionally, water must be stored in clean, covered containers. The …

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

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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 …