Bridgetown, Barbados, March 14, 2011 (CDEMA) - Emergency management personnel and geo-spatial experts in the CDEMA Participating States  are being trained in the practical use of satellites for emergency mapping. They are also reviewing RADAR products of the 2010 hurricane season as part of their preparations for improved access to real-time data and products during the upcoming season.  

The Virgin Islands has been selected as a beneficiary member state to receive the results of a Geographical Information Systems (GIS-based) Flood Early Warning System (FEWS) Project.Dr. Jacob Opadeyi, Head of Geometrics Engineering and Land Management at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago hands over Mobile ArcPad Computer and a JUNO handheld GPS system to Ms. Garymar Rivera, Senior Technical Planning Manager at the Department of Disaster Management, Virgin Islands. Mr. Seon Levius (middle), Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Specialist Manager and representative from CDEMA was present during the presentation

As part of the regional Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Strategy and Framework 2007 – 2012, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is currently implementing major Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) initiatives aimed at reducing the vulnerability of its Participating States to hazard impacts. In this regard, a two day GIS-based Flood Early Warning System Workshop is being held at the DDM conference room. This workshop is geared towards developing and testing the operational Flood Early Warning Systems Protocol and to demonstrate the uses of GIS in enhancing field operations during the planning and management of flood evacuation.


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