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PROJECT SUMMARY - YEAR 2

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 2: Euros 270,000.00
Period: May 1, 2000 – April 30, 2001

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.

Years 2 of the project 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 the region to better prepare for disastrous events to which they are exposed. In short it will have:

  1. Transferred essential disaster preparedness knowledge and skills to 311 nationals within the region in the education sector, mass communications and to communities in each territory.
  2. Given a vulnerable community of over 10,000 persons an early warning system and the knowledge and skills to effectively prepared for flood hazards
  3. Transferred the tried and tested Community Disaster Preparedness methodology and instruments to 16 participating National Disaster Offices and countries, and directly assisted two of these territories in establishing a national programme for pilot communities of over 400 persons.
  4. Greatly enhanced the CARDIN network by developing online access to disaster information from the CDERA documentation centre and provide technical assistance for the enhancement of three national disaster libraries to support the system.
  5. Equipped four national disaster offices with emergency telecommunications equipment helping to strengthened the Caribbean disaster telecommunications network.

In so doing the project will have been essential in protecting the socio-economic systems of Caribbean countries from the adverse effects of natural hazards to which they are exposed. It will also have greatly advanced the disaster management capability of the CDERA participating states.

 

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