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Enhancing Disaster Preparedness in the Caribbean- Year1 PDF Print E-mail


Funding Agency: European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO)
Project Name: Enhancing Disaster Management in the Caribbean
Region: Caribbean
Sector: Disaster Preparedness and Prevention
Implementing Agency: Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDERA)
Collaborators: UWI-Faculty of Engineering, St. Augustine, -UTECH Jamaica, -CARIMAC Mona, UWI-Library Mona, CXC, OAS, USAID/OFDA, IFRCS, CANA, CBU. CANTO, ITU, CARIPEDA, PAHO, UNESCO
Funding Yr 1: Euros 450,000.00
Period: March 1, 1999 – April 30, 2000

The general objective of this Project is to strengthen disaster management activities in the Caribbean region. It specifically aims to consolidate initial interventions by CDERA and other institutions that were designed to facilitate the development of a long term regional programme in disaster preparedness for schools, emergency broadcast and community disaster preparedness.

Activities critical to strengthening disaster preparedness in the Caribbean were completed including the following:

Enhancing school disaster preparedness planning and education

Regional Training Workshop (St. Lucia Aug. 1999) for school administrators-disaster management for schools. 20 participants from 16 member states.

  • Disaster Preparedness Manual for Schools (500)
  • Disaster Preparedness Manual for Schools (500) in French

Regional Training Workshop (Trinidad Sept 1999) Public facility inspectors-inspection of schools. 16 participants from 13 member states.

  • National Consultations in 4 participating states
  • British Virgin Islands (Nov 29-Dec 3, 1999) 24 participants
  • Jamaica (Feb 21-24, 2000) 23 participants from 4 participating states
  • Antigua (April 4-7, 2000)
  • Barbados (April 24-27, 2000 tbc)
  • Schools Disaster Preparedness Materials Development

    • Disaster Preparedness Interactive class material for secondary School Students (available on CDERA’s web site (www.cdera.org))
    • Disaster Preparedness Video for Primary School Students (70 copies)
    • Development of Disaster Mitigation Policy Guidelines (50 copies) for adoption by Executives of Ministries of Education
    • Reproduction of Disaster Preparedness Material for Schools:
      1. Maintenance as a Mitigation Tool (500)
      2. Disaster Awareness for Schools: A resource guide for teachers (500)
      3. Coping with Disasters: A reference guide for teachers (1000)
      4. Display of Education Sector Materials (Barbados March 2000)
      5. Earthquake and Flood hazard response posters (600 each)

    Enhancing capacity for emergency broadcast in the region

    Regional training Workshop (Barbados Oct. 1999) for Mass Communications Practitioners. Nine senior media practitioners from countries recently threatened or affected by hazards and disasters.

    Development of Manual of Policies and Procedures for Emergency Broadcasts in the Caribbean (500 copies)

    Strengthening relief supply management skills

    Regional training Workshop (Jamaica Aug. 1999) Relief Management Issues and RSTS Software. 19 participants from 13 member states.

    National Consultations on the Management of Relief Supplies

    1. Dominica Sept, 1999. 10 senior government & NGO participants
    2. Guyana Oct. 1999. 20 senior government & NGO participants
    3. Belize Dec 1999. 17 senior government & NGO participants
    4. St. Vincent and the Grenadines Jan 2000. 25 senior government & NGO participants

    Enhanced collection and dissemination of disaster management information

    1. Full activation of the Documantation Centre at CDERA (3rd quarter 1999). 419 request responded to from June 1999-April 2000

    2. Acqusition programme and procuring new material (20 items details in c)

    3. Bi-annual current awareness bulletin (on www. cdera.org)

    4. Special bibliographies (hurricanes, volcanoes & tsunamis, community disaster preparedness)


    Improving the capacity to access, disseminate and use disaster management information

    Evaluation of Telecommunications capability – 6 National Disaster Offices

    Anguilla Antigua & Barbuda GTC&I
    Bahamas St. Lucia Jamaica

    Recommendations for improvement of telecommunications arrangements

    Plan of Action for implementing recommendations.

    Improving telecommunications arrangements and skill

    Model Emergency Telecommunications Curriculum (500)

    Training Workshop in Emergency Telecommunications Course for Instructors (Grenada March 1-3, 2000) 8 TFI trained participants with radio experience.

    Promoting and enhancing of community disaster planning

    Implement Community Disaster Preparedness Programme in three pilot communities in collaboration with National Disaster Offices, Red Cross and CARIPEDA

    Bahamas Dominica
    St. Lucia Barbados
    1. Sub-regional TFI (St. Lucia April 1999) 28 participants from 5 member states
    2. Community Disaster Preparedness Trainer’s Manual (500)
    3. Family Emergency Plan for community members (1000)
    4. Community Emergency Plan booklets for members of the community (1000)
    5. Jerseys for community instructors and national disaster office coordinators (168)

    Implement Community Disaster Awareness Programme

    Awareness campaign through the national and regional media

    Community disaster awareness posters in support of local disaster office and NGO distribution materials (1500)


    The project received tremendous support at the national level. Local disaster management offices attended to essential logistics on the ground in most cases providing financial support to the initiative. Ministers of Government, Permanent Secretaries of Ministries responsible for disaster management and the office of the Head of State endorsed the initiatives by attending opening ceremonies. Consequently the project received excellent local coverage through the media. All the documents produced were circulated to the relevant Ministries and the National Disaster Offices. Being Participating States of CDERA these territories could reproduce the material locally using the electronic copies supplied in the packages.

    Year 1 of the project was devoted to building the foundation for the programme. Capacity was first be strengthened at the regional level through the development of training, education and policy guideline material and the training for instructors. The project also trained instructors, at the regional level and evaluated the telecommunications and broadcast facility arrangements at the national level. Ministerial and senior government support and endorsement were received for the various activities implemented in the Participating States. The direct recipients have also welcomed the timeliness of the initiatives and the appropriate sequencing and methodology and are anticipating the next two years activities. ALL DOCUMENTS PRODUCED BY THE PROJECT ARE BEING CIRCULATED TO THE TARGET ORGANISATIONS IN THE PARTICIPATING STATES.

    Year 2 will be devoted to the transfer of knowledge and capability from the regional to the national level. Individual countries and their communities will now use the resources developed in Year 1 of this DIPECHO Project to strengthen local disaster preparedness. Critical support will be provided by the persons and sub-regional agencies that have benefited from activities of the previous year. Countries will profit from the various activities based upon needs identified by themselves; as determined by CDERA’s Regional Disaster Management Survey 1998 and from collaboration efforts with other agencies working in the region. Ultimately the impact of the project is to have empowered the various sectors of the countries of region to better prepare for disastrous events to which they are exposed.



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