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 …

Tropical Storm Warning For Barbados Lifted

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Head of the Civil Service, Dr. Louis Woodroffe, has announced that the Barbados public service will resume operation from 12:00 p.m. today, Friday, August 18, following the discontinuation of tropical storm and flood warnings for the island. The announcement was reported this morning by Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Kerry Hinds, during an update at the National …

Schools Urged To Have Disaster Plans

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Students of St. Stephen’s Primary being evacuated during a recent Exercise Tradewinds simulation. (DEM) Schools across Barbados are being encouraged to develop, implement and practise emergency response plans. Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Kerry Hinds, yesterday called on all teachers, students and staff of schools across the island to play a part in developing and practising these …

Irving Wilson Students “Earthquake Ready”

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Students of the Irving Wilson School are now “earthquake ready”. This follows the sensitisation today of approximately 20 students of the special needs school about what to do during an earthquake, conducted through the use of sign language. The session formed part of a series being conducted by officials from the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) and the University of …

Barbados Working On CAP System

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Barbados is working on developing a Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) to share messages with the population and emergency response teams during a hazard. This was disclosed by Director of the Department of Emergency Management, Kerry Hinds, as she addressed a press conference to launch Earthquake and Tsunami Smart Month 2017 recently. Ms. Hinds explained that the new system would allow …

Barbadians More Aware Of Hazards

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Residents of Barbados are now more aware of the earthquake and tsunami hazards than in previous years. However, according to Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Kerry Hinds, there is still much work to be done in creating more awareness. “Over the last couple of years, we recognised that there is a greater level of awareness by the …

Barbados’ First Tsunami Sign Erected

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Barbados now has its first Tsunami Smart sign, taking the country a step further in educating residents and creating awareness about the tsunami hazard. Director of the Department of Emergency Management, Kerry Hinds, joined by her staff, unveiled the sign at Martin’s Bay, St. John, yesterday, and engaged visitors and locals in short information sessions about the hazard. “The Tsunami …

Storm Warning Discontinued

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The tropical storm warning for Barbados was discontinued at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, as Tropical Storm Matthew continues to move away from Barbados. During a 7:00 p.m. press briefing, Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Kerry Hinds, advised that no all clear will be issued tonight. In addition, she said the Ministry of Education had advised …