What lessons have been learnt from the 2017 hurricane season?

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The World Meteorological Organisation, the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), and a gender expert have released a review into the 2017 Caribbean hurricane season as part of the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative.

The review titled ‘Lessons learnt on Early Warning Systems during the 2017 Caribbean Hurricane Season’ was presented at the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas in Colombia last week.

The Caribbean experienced one of its worst hurricane seasons on record last year with severe damagesto infrastructure and a high number of causalities and fatalities. There are now calls to move towards a regional strategy to strengthen early warning systems and protect infrastructure.

David Farrell, Principal of CIMH, noted:

“The magnitude of the impacts caused many to reflect on the region’s resilience to severe weather – none more than the national meteorological services whose compromised operational capabilities rendered national early warning systems virtually inoperable, thereby placing many lives at risk.”

Read more at: Aid and International Development Forum

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