CDEMA stretched thin after Irma and Maria

Right, CDEMA's Ronald Jackson. CDEMA has never before dealt with multijurisdictional disasters within such a short time frame
At right, CDEMA’s Ronald Jackson on a mission to Dominica following Hurricane Maria.

Ronald Jackson, executive director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency and Management Agency (CDEMA), said that the severity of the devastation caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria, have not only challenged the immediate countries, but also the regional agency that is assisting with the relief efforts.

Speaking on OBSERVER AM yesterday, Jackson said that CDEMA has never before dealt with multi-jurisdictional disasters within such a short time frame.

“So many islands in the Caribbean are being impacted all at once, and at such high magnitude. We have had countries like Grenada and Jamaica which have had tremendous, widespread impact from hurricanes. This is now several that has led to the mobilisation of the regional response, across a wider geographic space, within the space of less than seven days,” he said.

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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.

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