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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‘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.”

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Caribbean regional security, health and disaster agencies face comprehensive readiness test

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BRIDGETOWN, JAN. 10, 2017 (CARPHA) –Security, public health and disaster management personnel from across the Caribbean will be put to the test as they participate in a training exercise aimed at improving regional responses during an emergency situation.

The exercise, Synergy 2017, will present emergency scenarios that could occur in the Caribbean region. The exercise will take place from January 11 to 12 at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) based in Barbados.

The exercise is designed to assess and evaluate preparedness and require the participants to work together to provide public health, disaster and security responses; as well as aid in the revision of existing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for use in real-world responses. The emergencies described are simulations only.

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Barbados government honours former CDEMA boss, Jeremy Collymore

FLASHBACK: Mr. Ronald Jackson, Executive Director, CDEMA (left) joins the Hon. Adriel Brathwaite, Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, Barbados and Chairman of the CDEMA Council of Ministers (right) in presenting an award to Mr. Collymore in 2015
FLASHBACK: Mr. Ronald Jackson, Executive Director, CDEMA (left) joins the Hon. Adriel Brathwaite, Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, Barbados and Chairman of the CDEMA Council of Ministers (right) in presenting an award to Mr. Collymore in 2015

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The Barbados government has honoured the former Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Jeremy M. Collymore, for his outstanding contribution and leadership in disaster management at the national, regional and global levels.

Collymore, who was honoured with the Barbados Service Star at the Awards of National Honours, celebrating the island’s 50th anniversary of political independence said, “I am indeed grateful to be recognised for my work although I never really worked for an award”.

Collymore, who has served the Region for more than 30 years by leading disaster response coordination at the national and regional levels, is also a strong advocate for cultural change to building disaster resilience in the Caribbean, and continues to do so as an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Development, at the University of the West Indies (UWI).

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CDEMA hosts regional seismic and tsunami risk workshop

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in association with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Jamaica and with the support of the Governments of Chile and Spain under the Chilespana triangular cooperation, will host a Regional Seismic and Tsunami Risk Workshop from March 3rd -4th, 2015 at ODPEM”s Office in Kingston, Jamaica. Read more

 

CDEMA
CDEMA is the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. This is the new name of the regional disaster management body formerly known as CDERA, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency.