Bridgetown, Barbados, February 18th, 2014 (CDEMA) – Several of the CDEMA Participating States reportedly felt the earthquake which occurred today, Tuesday 18th February at 5:27am local time. The Seismic Research Centre at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad stated that the earthquake occurred east of Martinique and was located at 14.78°N and 59.03°W. The magnitude was 6.5 and depth 40km. The tremor was felt across Barbados, Dominica, St. Vincent, Saint Lucia, Grenada, and Trinidad. No tsunami warnings were issued for the Caribbean.

Bridgetown, Barbados, February 10th, 2014 (CDEMA) - The Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP) will be offering a safer building course to workers in the building trade from this month (February 2014). This course is an adaptation of the Regional Code of Practice for the Construction of Houses Course which was developed by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in collaboration with the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ).

Paramaribo, Suriname, January 31, 2014 (CDEMA, NCCR) – A nine (9) day search and rescue training is currently underway at the Sgt. 1 Martowidjojo Kazerne (‘Concordia’) Training Base of the National Army, Suriname. This venture is a collaboration between the Nationaal Coördinatie Centrum voor Rampenbeheersing (NCCR) and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) with financial support from international partners (United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

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