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 …

DEM Monitoring Kick ‘Em Jenny Alert Level

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The alert level of the underwater volcano Kick ‘em Jenny, located near Grenada, has been raised from yellow to orange, but there is no indication of it posing any immediate danger to Barbados. Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Kerry Hinds, gave the assurance that her agency was closely monitoring the situation and appealed to ships and marine …

No Tsunami Alert Issued For Barbados

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No tsunami alerts have been issued for Barbados. This assurance has come from Director of the Department of Emergency Management, Kerry Hinds, and the Director of the Barbados Meteorological Services, Sonia Nurse, in the wake of a circulating Whatsapp message stating that Barbados was among over 30 countries under tsunami alert following a 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Costa Rica. Ms. …

A Call For More Volunteers In Communities

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Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Kerry Hinds, has issued a call for more persons to get involved and volunteer within their communities. She made this call during the Department’s inaugural Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at Sky Mall over the holiday period, during which the work of District Emergency Organisations (DEOs) was recognised. “I encourage you when you profile …

Tsunami Recognition Status For Holetown

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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

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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). …

Shutdown Procedures To Be Reviewed

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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 …