First IAEA-CDEMA meeting takes place at IAEA headquarters, Vienna

Delegates at the meeting, At centre if Mr. Ronald Jackson, CDEMA Executive Director
Delegates at the meeting, At centre if Mr. Ronald Jackson, CDEMA Executive Director

The first meeting between the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), a regional inter-governmental agency, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is taking place from 19-21 April 2017 in Vienna, Austria. CDEMA comprises eighteen participating states from the Caribbean and provides the primary coordination of emergency response and relief efforts in the region.

The meeting brings together high level CDEMA representatives, including the Executive Director of CDEMA, Mr Ronald Jackson, and IAEA staff members from the Technical Cooperation Division for Latin America and the Caribbean (TCLAC), the IAEA Incident and Emergency Centre and the Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety.

At the opening, Mr. Luis Longoria, Director, TCLAC, highlighted the importance of this meeting.

“It is a great opportunity to identify areas for cooperation between our agencies in the future, to support countries in the Caribbean in their efforts in emergency preparedness and response,” he said.

Read more at: International Atomic Agency

Six earthquakes affected Antigua and Barbuda Sunday, Monday

Six earthquakes affected Antigua and Barbuda between Sunday night and Monday morning, according to information received from the UWI Seismic Research Centre in Trinidad.

The quakes, which struck between 11:12 Sunday night and 4:31 Monday morning, were reportedly felt throughout the island, in Barbuda and other neighbouring territories such as Montserrat and St Kitts and Nevis.

The biggest quake, which measured a magnitude of 5.8 occurred Monday morning at 1:23. (more…)

Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum: Committing to school safety at national, regional levels

Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum (Photo via Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Antigua and Barbuda)
Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum participants (Photo via Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Antigua and Barbuda)

PANAMA CITY, Panama 5 April 2017 – Ministers and other high-level authorities from the Education sector endorsed the Antigua and Barbuda Declaration for School Safety during the Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum which took place from 3 to 4 April, 2017, and was hosted by Antigua and Barbuda’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. Hon. Michael S. Browne, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Antigua and Barbuda, highlighted that “In the Caribbean, there is the need to have clarity on how everyone, individuals, nations and the region will respond to disasters, for which there is the need to work as a team”.

During the meeting the Caribbean Safe School Initiative (CSSI) was launched. The CSSI is the framework to advance school safety in the Caribbean and at the same time reflects the Caribbean contribution to the Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools (WISS). With regard to enhancing school safety, Ms. Elizabeth Riley, Deputy Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), informed participants that “the Caribbean Safe School Initiative will be the flagship programme for CDEMA for 2017-2020.”

In keeping with that which is stipulated at the global level, the CSSI will be a Caribbean partnership for advancing safe school implementation at the national level. Ministries of Education will lead the implementation supported by international, regional and national partners.

Read more at: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

‘Indigenous solutions needed for disaster risk management’ – CDEMA head

Mr. Ronald Jackson, Executive Director, CDEMA
Mr. Ronald Jackson

MONTREAL, CMC – Head of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) says the region needs to marry its indigenous solutions to disaster risk management with modern technology.

Ronald Jackson was a panelist in a forum discussing the linkages between disaster risk reduction, climate change and sustainable development, at the 5th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas about to wrap up here.

In an exclusive interview with the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) after the discussion Jackson, said the older folk in the region knew what to do to survive and bounce back with minimal damage from major events like storms and earthquakes.

“We’ve recognised that in the old days, our fore parents…had to deal with flood conditions and they survived them very well. There were simple things in terms of how they pulled their beds and other valuables out of the flood space in the house in particular,” contributed to their surviving the storms with minimal loss.”

Via CMC (more…)