Lecture On Weathering The Storm On Sunday

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Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Kerry Hinds, will deliver a lecture entitled: Weathering the Storm, on Sunday, August 19, at the St. George Secondary School, Constant, St. George, beginning at 6:00 p.m. It is being hosted by the DEM in collaboration with the Ermine Holmes Community Trust. Theatre Arts Lecturer, Dr. Yvonne Weekes, will also be present …

DEM Director To Speak On Disaster Preparedness

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Members of the public are invited to attend a community talk session on Monster Hurricanes, Tsunamis and Earthquakes, on Saturday, July 21, at the Connell Town Pentecostal House of Prayer, Connell Town, St. Lucy, beginning at 5:00 p.m. This forms part of the Community Talks Disaster Preparedness being hosted by The University of the West Indies (UWI), in collaboration with …

Public Urged To Monitor Approaching System

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Residents across Barbados are being advised to closely monitor the approach of Hurricane Beryl as it makes its way towards the island chain. Director of the Department of Emergency Management, Kerry Hinds, today issued this caution as officials continue to monitor the system, which is presently moving towards the west near 15 miles per hour or 24 km per hour. …

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 …

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. …