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Tropical Storm Matthew - Information Note #1 as of 8:00 pm on September 28th, 2016

MESSAGE: Tropical Storm Matthew forms in the Eastern Caribbean

THE SITUATION:

At 11:00 AM (EST), Wednesday September 28, 2016, the tropical disturbance that has been approaching the Eastern Caribbean was upgraded to a Tropical Storm. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Miami, Florida, Tropical Storm Mathew, the 13th named storm of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, was formed near the Windward Islands and has acquired a closed circulation. It was centered at 11 a.m. AST about 35 miles (55 km) southeast of Saint. Lucia. Maximum sustained winds were near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening during the next couple of days is forecast, and Matthew could become a hurricane by Friday.

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Tropical Wave - Information Note #1 as of 7:00 pm on September 27th, 2016

THE SITUATION:

According to the latest advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Miami, Florida, At 8:00 AM EDT, Tuesday September 2016, an Atlantic Ocean tropical wave located about 475 miles east-southeast of Barbados continues to become more organised and is likely that a tropical depression or a tropical storm may form or tonight. Environmental conditions are favorable for continued development, while the system moves westward to west- northwestward at 15 to 20 mph. Interests in the eastern and central Caribbean Sea, including the northern coast of South America, should monitor the progress of this disturbance, since warnings and watches could be required at any time. Regardless of whether the system is a tropical wave or tropical cyclone, heavy rains and wind gusts to tropical storm force are expected to spread over the Windward Islands and portions of the southern Lesser Antilles, beginning tonight and continuing into Wednesday.

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CDEMA leads coordination of regional preparedness in anticipation of possible impact from pending tropical weather system

Bridgetown, Barbados, September 27th, 2016 – As a number of the Participating States of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) brace for the pending impact of a tropical weather system, the Agency has once again taken the lead to coordinate the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM). To this end, CDEMA in collaboration with the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) convened a pre-strike meeting of the Eastern Caribbean Development Partner Group (ECDPG) at 12:00 noon today, Tuesday September 27, 2016, to plan for possible scenarios in preparation for the impact. Partner agencies who are members of this group including regional and international donors and development partners are monitoring the system.

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Training for Emergency Shelter Managers and Trainers

Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, September 22nd, 2016 (DDME) - The capacity for managing Emergency Shelters in the Turks and Caicos Islands will be enhance later this month as the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) will be hosting a Shelter Manager’s and a Training of Trainers Workshop. This two-part workshop is scheduled for September 26th – 29th September, 2016 at the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies Conference Room, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. This workshop is part of DDME’s ongoing objective to build disaster resilient communities throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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CDEMA and IDEA International Awarded Silver Medal for Collaborative Project in Management for Development Results

Guadalajara, Mexico, September 14th, 2016 (CDEMA) – The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is the recipient of a Silver Medal award which is shared with the Institute for Development in Economics and Administration (IDEA International). The award was sponsored by the International Development Bank (IDB) and presented during the IX International Seminar of the Sub-National Governments Network (CoPLAC) held in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico on September 8th, 2016. Both entities were nominated for the ‘Second Competition in Management for Development Results (MfDR)’ and were placed second in the ‘MfDR in Sectors’ category.

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