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CARICOM in comprehensive disaster response to Haiti

Jamaica Defence Force soldiers on guard at the entrance to the CARICOM medical facility in Haiti.Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana, February 9, 2010 (CARICOM Secretariat) - More than 300 persons from eleven Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States and Associate Members have so far been involved in the response to the devastating earthquake which struck Haiti on 12 January.

The Region’s initial response was spearheaded by Jamaica, the sub-regional focal point with responsibility for the northern geographic zone of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) which includes Haiti among its five countries. CDEMA is the regional response mechanism for natural disasters.

Personnel from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, The Bahamas, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the British Virgin Islands along with Jamaica form the CARICOM Contingent which has been providing support in seven areas after the initial search and rescue, medical, security and engineering teams had been supplied by Jamaica within 48 hours of the earthquake.

CARICOM’s continuing interventions in Haiti include: Emergency Response Coordination; Medical Assistance; Logistics, inclusive of the distribution of relief supplies and engineers assessments; Security; CARICOM Civilian Evacuation and Resource Mobilisation. The Region’s interventions have stretched outside of the capital to locations such as Killick, Leogane, Archaie, Montrouis, lle de la Gonave and Gonaives.

Search and Rescue: So that others may live - Anguilla conducts training course

The Valley, Anguilla, February 3, 2008 (Department of Disaster Management) - The Essential Services Sub-Committee of the National Disaster Management Committee has been working through the Department of Disaster Management over the past year to conduct a series of courses designed to enhance the search and rescue capabilities of first responders in Anguilla.

Caricom prepares for the recovery phase in Haiti

EMERGENCY response teams from the Caribbean Community (Caricom) attended to more than 3,000 people injured in Haiti's devastating earthquake, and have vowed to provide more assistance after March 5 when the recovery phase begins.

Antigua and Barbuda launches Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Public Awareness and Education Campaign

Bridgetown, Barbados, February 8, 2010 (CDEMA) - Antigua and Barbuda’s Public Awareness and Education Campaign under the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) executed Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System (TCHWS) Project, will be launched today, February 08, 2010 at the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS), St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda.

Haiti Sitrep #12

Friday, February 5, 2010

MESSAGE: 7.0 HAITI EARTHQUAKE UPDATE #12 (As at 12:00 hrs, February 5, 2010)


Haiti continues to recover from the Earthquake of January 12, 2010.

The Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive indicated that there were more than 200,000 people dead, 300,000 injuries treated, 250,000 destroyed houses, and 30,000 disrupted businesses as of February 3.

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