CDEMA brings PDC, other agencies together to help gear up for above-average hurricane season

  • Landslides - Italy

    3 minutes ago WARNING

  • Flood - Syracuse, NY Region, United States

    3 minutes ago WARNING

  • Tornado - Lake Charles, LA WFO Region, US

    4 minutes ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Mauna Loa, United States

    12 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Storms - Brazil

    14 minutes ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Catabato Province, Philippines

    17 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Floods - Western Venezuela

    23 minutes ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Northern Vietnam

    35 minutes ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - Reykjanes Ridge

    38 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 128 km E of Nago, Japan

    42 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    47 minutes ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - Aegean Sea

    12 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - Reykjanes Ridge

    1 hour ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Vietnam

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Severe Weather - Montreal, Québec, Canada

    1 hour ago ADVISORY

  • Snowfall - W of Berens River, Manitoba, Canada

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Geraldton, Ontario, Canada

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • High Wind - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • High Wind - E of Montreal, Québec, Canada

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Southern Vietnam

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Upper Midwestern, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Southwestern, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - South Korea

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern India

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Tonga

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - Kermadec Islands region

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Pavlof, United States

    3 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Severe Weather - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

    3 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Mineola, TX Region, United States

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Snowfall - Powell River, British Columbia, Canada

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - N of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Severe Weather - Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

    4 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 47 km NNW of Neiafu, Tonga

    4 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - south of the Kermadec Islands

    4 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Highsurf - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    4 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Severe Weather - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

    4 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Winter Storm - Northwestern, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Cotopaxi, Ecuador

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sheveluch, Russia

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    6 hours ago WATCH

  • Winter Storm - Northern Rockies and Plains, United States

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Rainfall - Quebec, Québec, Canada

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Blizzard - Kuujjuarapik, Québec, Canada

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • High Wind - NE of Kuujjuarapik, Québec, Canada

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Severe Weather - Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

    8 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Landslides - Cameroon

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Severe Weather - Channel-Port aux Basques, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

    9 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - W of Dasht Kaur Basin, United Arab Emirates and Oman

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Orange Basin, E of Fish River, Botswana and South Africa

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - W of Mabaruma, Barima-Waini, Guyana

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Barcelos, North Brazil

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Tarakan, Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SW of Remanso, Bahia, Brazil

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Derby, Western Australia, Australia

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - NW of Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - NE of Samut Songkhram, Samut Songkhram, Thailand

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mekong Basin, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - Kermadec Islands region

    12 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Extreme Cold - Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous, China

    12 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Italy

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    15 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 106 km ENE of Amahai, Indonesia

    19 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Storms - Trinidad and Tobago

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Hanjiang Xixi Basin, Philippines

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Kuantan Basin, Indonesia

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Cuyuni Basin, S of Cuyuni River, Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Hari Basin, Indonesia

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Parana Basin, Paraguay and Cuiaba Rivers, Brazil and Bolivia

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - NW of Karachi, Baluchistan and Sind, Pakistan

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Tucupita, Delta Amacuro, Venezuela

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Medan, Aceh and Sumatera Utara, Indonesia

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Cholera - Haiti

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - NE of Kinabatangan Basin, Philippines

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - W of Pannawonica, Western Australia, Australia

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Hanggin Houqi, Nei Mongol and Ningxia Hui, China

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Irrawaddy Basin, SE of Irrawaddy River, India and Myanmar

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Aral Sea Basin, Southern Asia and Central Asia

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Baoding, Hebei, China

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - W of Atrek Basin, Western Asia, Southern Asia and Caspian Sea

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Nile Basin, Egypt

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - S of Quelimane, Nampula and Zambezia, Mozambique

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Ebola Virus - Uganda

    3 weeks ago WARNING

  • Flood - W of Oum Hadjer, Batha, Chad

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Changuinola Basin, Costa Rica and Panama

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Volta Basin, W of White Volta River, Ghana and Togo

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Limbe, Sud-Ouest, Cameroon

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - S of San Juan de Nicaragua, Río San Juan, Nicaragua

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Puelo Basin, Puelo and Manso Rivers, Argentina and Chile

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - United Kingdom

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Carupano, Sucre, Venezuela

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Indus Basin, Eastern Asia and Southern Asia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.9 - 274 km SSW of Lajes das Flores, Portugal

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Flood - NW of Kerema, Gulf, Papua New Guinea

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - S of Tillaberi, Tillabéry, Niger

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - SW of Eyl, Nugaal, Somalia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mataram, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Amazon Basin, W of Mamore River, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Antsiranana, Antsiranana, Mahajanga and Toamasina, Madagascar

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - New Amsterdam, Mahaica-Berbice, Guyana

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Joinville, Santa Catarina, Brazil

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - S of Abadan, Khuzestan, Iran

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yangtze Basin, Yangtze and Xiang Jiang Rivers, China

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - W of Edirne, Edirne, Turkey

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - S of Korla, Xinjiang Uygur, China

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Tema, Greater Accra, Ghana

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - South Island, New Zealand

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Brunei

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southeastern Paraguay

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Sri Lanka

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Alaid, Russia

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Drought - Eastern Africa

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Santa Maria, Guatemala

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Merapi, Indonesia

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Federated States of Micronesia

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Tuvalu

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drinking Water - NW of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada

    1 week ago ADVISORY

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latin America/Caribbean

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Ebola Virus - Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    7 months ago WARNING

July 19, 2018

As Caribbean nations continue to struggle with recovery from last year’s record-setting hurricane season, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is taking proactive measures to prepare for this year’s season, which has a high likelihood of above-average activity according to a prediction from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). At a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Seminar, July 10–11 in Barbados, numerous governmental and nongovernmental organizations, including Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) and SOUTHCOM, came together with CDEMA to exchange lessons learned as well as to boost coordination between military and civil agencies.

Joining more than 80 representatives from 20 countries including many in the Caribbean, as well as the UK, France, Netherlands, U.S., and Canada, PDC provided subject matter expertise based on its response support to Caribbean nations and its interaction with JTF-Bravo and the Bahamas National Emergency Operations Center during the 2017 hurricane season. According PDC’s Humanitarian Assistance Advisor Steve Recca, PDC shared lessons about its support during deployments for hurricanes Irma and Maria, and was able to highlight its technical capacity to provide situational analysis to the region at large. “The conference provided a pivotal platform for organizations across the spectrum to share capabilities and challenges identified both in delivering response and receiving it during one of the region’s worst hurricane seasons on record,” he said.

Gayle Francis Vaughn, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs in Barbados, reflected on the purpose of the conference, saying, “No Caribbean nation is alone when it comes to preparing for hurricanes and dealing with the aftermath.” She explained that the new government administration in Barbados was on high alert for this hurricane season and had placed development of resilience and support for the regional effort high on its agenda.

CDEMA’s Executive Director Ronald Jackson echoed Ms. Vaughn’s sentiment, saying that resilience remains at the heart of its strategies. He emphasized that coordination of the military with those who render assistance in times of disaster, remains a priority for the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. He stressed that for 2018 and beyond, “It is important that entities work in unison, maximizing the limited resources of the region.”

Following the seminar, discussions ensued between CDEMA and PDC about ways to bolster support for the remainder of this year’s hurricane season. Both parties hope it falls short of current expectations, but are planning for the worst.

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