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Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency

 

Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency

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The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)[1] is an inter-regional supportive network of independent emergency units throughout the Caribbean region. Formed on September 1, 2005 as the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) it under-went a name change to CDEMA in September 2009.

The participating member states and agencies of the CDEMA include:

Country Organisation
 Anguilla Department of Disaster Management (DDM)
 Antigua and Barbuda National Office of Disaster Services (NODS)
 Bahamas Disaster Management Unit
 Barbados Department of Emergency Management
 Belize National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO)
 British Virgin Islands Department of Disaster Management
 Dominica Office of Disaster Management (ODM)
 Grenada National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA)
 Guyana Civil Defense Commission
 Haiti Civil Protection Directorate
 Jamaica Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM)
 Montserrat Disaster Management Coordination Agency
 Saint Kitts and Nevis National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)
 Saint Lucia National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO)
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO)
 Suriname National Coordination Center For Disaster Relief (NCCR)
 Trinidad and Tobago Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM)
 Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Disaster Management & Emergencies

Contents

  • Activities 1
  • Background 2
  • History 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Activities

In recent years, the role of the CDEMA has been mostly to provide assistance to member territories after the passage of particularly fierce hurricanes. Such roll out of CDEMA personnel was witnessed for Grenada and Jamaica in early September, 2004 after the passage of Hurricane Ivan.

During the mid-1990s, the sudden eruption by the Soufriere Hills volcano in Montserrat also caused the CDEMA to spring into action, to provide additional support to the people on the island. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDEMA) also regularly monitors the Soufriere Hills volcano, in addition to the active undersea volcano named Kick 'em Jenny to the north of Grenada.

In situations of emergency where a military force might be needed, members of the Barbados may likely turn to the Eastern Caribbean Regional Security System [1] for assistance, while then possibly using the CDEMA as a backup support agency to the RSS.

Background

Towards the end of the twentieth century, severe weather had been increasing, especially in the Caribbean region and the

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External links

  1. ^ "CDERA prepares for change in name, mandate". Barbados Advocate. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  2. ^ Denise D.P. Thompson “Building Effectiveness in Multi-State Disaster Management Systems: The Case of the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Response Agency.” (PhD diss., Pennsylvania State University, 2010), 27.
  3. ^ Denise D.P. Thompson “Building Effectiveness in Multi-State Disaster Management Systems: The Case of the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Response Agency.” (PhD diss., Pennsylvania State University, 2010), 27.
  4. ^ Leonard James Huggins “Comprehensive Disaster Management and Development: The Role of Geoinformatics and Geo-Collaboration in Linking Mitigation and Disaster Recovery in the Eastern Caribbean.” (PhD. Diss., MPPM, University of Pittsburgh, 2007), 7-8.
  5. ^ “Insurance risk management strategies ‘need to improve’” Lloyd’s List International (November 1, 1990)
  6. ^ “Caribbean alarm at loss of back up risk management from United Nations PCDPPP,” Lloyd’s List International (May 21, 1991)
  7. ^ “Caribbean alarm at loss of back up risk management from United Nations PCDPPP,” Lloyd’s List International (May 21, 1991)
  8. ^ Denise D.P. Thompson “Building Effectiveness in Multi-State Disaster Management Systems: The Case of the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Response Agency.” (PhD diss., Pennsylvania State University, 2010), 26
  9. ^ Leonard James Huggins “Comprehensive Disaster Management and Development: The Role of Geoinformatics and Geo-Collaboration in Linking Mitigation and Disaster Recovery in the Eastern Caribbean.” (PhD. Diss., MPPM, University of Pittsburgh, 2007).
  10. ^ “Caribbean: Disaster-response agency urges increased preparedness for disasters,” BBC Monitoring Americas (February 1, 2005): www.cananews.net
  11. ^ “Caribbean tourism industry draws up new disaster-response plan,” BBC Monitoring Americas (November 7, 2005): www.cananews.net
  12. ^ “Caribbean: Disaster response agency coordinator views early warning systems,” BBC Monitoring Americas (November 12, 2003): www.cananews.net
  13. ^ “Caribbean seeking to develop early tsunami warning system,” Caribbean Today (January 2005): www.proquest.com
  14. ^ “EU approve grant to improve Caribbean disaster preparedness,” BBC Monitoring Americas. (September 15, 2006): www.cananews.net
  15. ^ Denise D.P. Thompson “Building Effectiveness in Multi-State Disaster Management Systems: The Case of the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Response Agency.” (PhD diss., Pennsylvania State University, 2010), 52.
  16. ^ Denise D.P. Thompson “Building Effectiveness in Multi-State Disaster Management Systems: The Case of the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Response Agency.” (PhD diss., Pennsylvania State University, 2010), 44.
  17. ^ Denise D.P. Thompson “Building Effectiveness in Multi-State Disaster Management Systems: The Case of the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Response Agency.” (PhD diss., Pennsylvania State University, 2010), 44..
  18. ^ “Effective Disaster Management addressed at recent CDEMA meeting,” BVI News (May 31, 2011): www.bvinews.com

References

In 2010, CDERA has undergone a name change to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).[17] CDEMA is still constantly trying to increase their effectiveness in disaster managing while keeping it sustainable within their own region. They have recently been focusing on creating a better connection with policy makers and technical officials for better results.[18] CDEMA has evolved a lot since its creation in 1991 and taken a largely more independent role of disaster relief for the Caribbean. It provides a local response effort and management system to handle the increase of natural disaster in the recent few decades. CDEMA still largely leans on foreign aid for its financial support. CDEMA continues to grow into a strong local agency to manage and respond to disaster is the Caribbean region.

In 2006, financial aid from the European Commission granted 3.4 million to help prepare for disasters. CDERA was responsible for using this money where they saw fit. Financing CDERA’s projects is still continuing to be greatly funded from outside sources.[14] Even today approximately 90% of funding for CDERA’s projects comes from international donors.[15] Along with funds being heavily dependent on foreign sources staffing for CDERA has been in serious trouble. It has been said that some staff members of CDERA lack backgrounds in disaster management and those in charge are low in the bureaucracy’s chain of command.[16]

In 2005, CDERA was planning to better coordinate with the tourism industry and get them up to speed on preparing a response strategy and a clear plan for preparing for natural or tower of Babel” effect occurring.[11] Also later that year CDERA coordinator, Jeremy Collymore, started putting pressure on the individual countries of the Caribbean Union to increase their preparedness plan, giving them encouragement to become more self sustainable in case of an emergency. While encouraging strengthening from within, aid from Japan was used to help develop their community early warning systems and hazard management ability.[12] With the recent tsunamis in Thailand and Somalia aid was sought from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center to develop earlier tsunami warning systems in the Caribbean. Although CDERA was looking outward for nations with experience in tsunamis, much studying was done on the subject within the Caribbean at places such as the University of Puerto Rico, the University of the U.S. Virgin Islands.[13]

The growth of CDERA is said to have been very slow throughout the 1990s.[9] Things began to improve starting in the twenty first century with CDERA. In 2003 studies showed how their own developed earlier warning systems in the Caribbean straight from the Caribbean Metrological Organization based in Trinidad and Tobago were reducing the lives loss in disasters. There was still controversy over whether the people had confidence in this system and they needed to study how the public interacted with these systems for improvement.[10]

[8] (CARICOM) was finally able to take the initiative and set up CDERA in September 1991.Caribbean Community Funding was and still is a huge part of this region and in terms of disaster relief meant everything. The [7] In 1989, when the PCDPPP was beginning to fall apart

History

In 1989, with the widespread destruction of Hurricane Hugo, a response for a more effective form of natural disaster management and preparedness was recognized. In 1991 the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) was created.[4] The Caribbean was moving towards the independence it desired. CDERA was formed with 16 participating Caribbean nations. This way the Caribbean countries had regional support along with international support. Aid from regional sources was now becoming more of a possibility. CDERA would later take a name change to encompass their end goal of not only responding to disasters but managing all types of disasters. Later in the first decade of the twenty first century CDERA became CDEMA, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency.

[3] The creation of the PCDPPP was a collection of international sponsors such as the

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