Development Bank approves funding for Regional emergency response procedures
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) approved a grant to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to assist with the review and strengthening of emergency response procedures in participating states.
The grant will provide resources to review and evaluate the preparedness and response procedures of The Bahamas, Barbados, Haiti and Saint Lucia.
According to Director of Projects at the CDB, Daniel Best, the Caribbean is among the most disaster prone regions in the world.
“A recent disaster management readiness audit by CDEMA has revealed an urgent need for improved planning and coordination across sectors, to strengthen preparedness and response mechanisms at the national level.”
He said the grant supports improvements in these areas, which, if made, will significantly reduce potential losses due to hazard impacts.
The grant will also provide resources to include an assessment of the national-level actions undertaken in response to Hurricane Matthew in 2016, and the development of recommendations for strengthening readiness and response protocols and procedures in these countries.
Through the technical assistance intervention, support will also be provided for the – development of action plans, inclusive of a communications plan, for strengthening national preparedness and response in the four selected countries.
The grant will be funded through resources provided to CDB under the African Caribbean Pacfic European Union CDB Natural Disaster Risk Management in CARIFORUM countries programme.