Caribbean preparatory meeting for hurricane season

Published: 7 July 2015 0:29 CET

Aiming to strengthen the regional response system through clear coordination of roles and responsibilities during a hurricane or other emergencies, the Pan-American Disaster Response Unit (PADRU) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the English speaking Caribbean National Societies along with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management (CDEMA) and the Red Cross Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Reference Centre (CADRIM), gathered from 24 to 25 of June in Port-au-Spain, Trinidad to discuss preparations for the 2015 hurricane season.

This year the main objective of the meeting was to consolidate a Regional Contingency Plan for the 2015 hurricane season and to coordinate actions amongst all the National Societies, CDEMA and the IFRC to improve collaboration and information sharing.

Some of the most important issues discussed during this meeting were:

- Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Conceptual framework.

- To work as a system with an strategic approach in order to provide relevant, effective, coordinated and quality humanitarian assistance.

- Analysis of the need to review our Disaster Management system and Contingency plans 

- Analysis of the humanitarian trends and financial constraints in America and the need to collaborate with other National Societies and external actors, to create synergies

- Need to share, profile and disseminate the work of the Caribbean National Societies.

The Caribbean is a highly disaster prone region, enduring a fierce annual hurricane season, tropical storms, flooding and drought, as well as earthquakes. The frequency and intensity of weather-related events in particular are projected to rise due to climate change.  In this context and due to the evolving complexity of disaster response and recovery, a disaster management and risk reduction system that is comprehensive, coordinated and collaborative is increasingly important.