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Enhancing Disaster Preparedness in the Caribbean- Year 3 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)
Funding Yr 3: Euros 480,000.00
Period: February 2002 – January, 2003


The “Enhancing Disaster Preparedness in the Caribbean Project” was conceived as a three-year project and commenced in March 1, 1999. The general objective is to strengthen disaster management activities in the Caribbean region. Specifically to facilitate the development of a long-term regional programme in disaster preparedness for schools, relief supplies management, emergency broadcast and telecommunications and community disaster preparedness.

Year 1 of the project was devoted to building the foundation for the programme. Capacity was first to be strengthened at the regional level through the development of training, education and policy guideline material and the training for instructors. Year 2 was devoted to the transfer of knowledge and capability from the regional to the national level. Individual countries and their communities have been able to use the resources developed in Years 1 and 2 of this DIPECHO Project to strengthen local disaster preparedness.

Year 3 of the project will therefore seek to enhance disaster preparedness in the Caribbean with a distinct focus on the flood hazard.

In reviewing the work of capacity enhancement within the last two years and the emerging needs of CDERA Participating States, it was recognized that the third year intervention should focus on enhancing disaster preparedness for the flood hazard. This is in keeping with the Status of the Disaster Preparedness in CDERA Participating States conducted in May 2001, which identified floods as the most common event - occurring in 90 % Participating States in the last five years, however in contrast only 25% of these countries have any plans to guide disaster management activities for this hazard. It is therefore imperative that arrangements to address this hazard be undertaken as a priority intervention.


Year 3 is centered on four Specific Objectives:

  1. To enhance preparedness efforts for the hazard through an enhanced public education programme for schools.
  2. To enhance the managerial and operational capability of CDERA Participating States in addressing the flood hazard through contingency planning, evacuation and vulnerability assessment.
  3. To improve disaster management capability in the region by ensuring that relevant national and regional organizations have the capability to access, use and disseminate disaster management information to specific target audiences via the most effective media and for specific hazards particularly floods.
  4. To promote community disaster planning at the regional and national level for the enhancement of national disaster management programmes.


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