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By ODPEM, CDEMA

Montego Bay, Jamaica, December 7, 2009 (ODPEM, CDERA) - The fourth Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) has, on its inaugural day, successfully advanced the disaster management agenda in several critical areas. Twelve (12) meetings were held on the opening day. The day’s activities highlighted the need for disaster risk reduction (DRR) regionally and looked at DRR in key areas including education, health, law, tourism and business.


The day’s proceedings featured two professional development sessions, Business Continuity Management (BCM) for Small Businesses session and what could be considered the fundamentals of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility CCRIF.

The BCM engaged a cross section of stakeholders from the small and medium sized business community. The participants generated solutions to ensure preparedness of the regions businesses to hazards and mitigation against potential threats.

Caribbean businesses operate in an environment that is considered to be one of the most hazardous in the world. BCM is a critical component of the Enhanced Comprehensive Disaster Management Strategy and Framework 2007 to 2012, the regions blueprint for DRR.

Business continuity planning focuses on the ability of a business to recover efficiently and effectively from an unplanned crisis and is instrumental in ensuring the survival of a business during and after an unexpected event.

While the fundamentals of the CCRIF provided details on the Regional Insurance Facility and the role of risk transfer in disaster risk management. The session highlighted proposed insurance products to address disaster risk in the agriculture sector, options for rainfall insurance coverage as well as tools to support the modeling and forecasting of adverse events.

The conference facilitates resilience building and a multi sectoral approach by bringing together disaster management practitioners from the Caribbean, North, South and Central America, Africa and the Pacific as well partners in the multiple donor organizations.

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) in association with its partners are hosting the Fourth Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management at the Rose Hall Resort and Spa, Montego Bay, Jamaica from December 7-11, 2009. The Conference theme is "Strengthening CDM through Youth and Community Empowerment”

Contact:
Kimberley Weller, Information Officer
Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM)
12 Camp Road
Kingston 4,
Jamaica
Tel. no.: 876 928 5111- 4
[email protected]

Cassie Ann James, Communications Specialist
Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency
#1 Manor Lodge Complex. Lodge Hill.
St. Michael. Barbados.
Tel no.: (246) 425-0386
[email protected]

 

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