Comprehensive Diasater Management Legislation to be Reviewed at Regional Consultation

The Caribbean Disaster emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Coordinating Unit (CU) is hosting a Regional Consultation on the Refined Model CDM Legislation, Regulations and Adaptation Guide.

An opening ceremony was held on Monday October 15th at the Fort Young Hotel with the support of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), UKaid from the Department for International Development (DFID), the Government of Italy and Dominica.

Don Corriette, Acting Disaster Management Cordinator, says the region is very vulnerable to natural and man-made disasters and this is why the consultation over the next two days is very important.

The memory of devastation caused by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010 is still with us.

Ms. Elizabeth Riley, Deputy Executive Director of CDEMA, says the impact fo single hazardous event was tremendous, this is yet another reason to review this robust legislative and regulatory framework of national disaster management systems.

Their focus at CDEMA has expanded beyond the tradition natural hazards and now embraced complexed emergencies and threats, and with this there needs to be a revisit of the arrangements that are necessary to address them.

The birth of the Caribbean brand of managing disaster risk came about in 2001 with the introduction of the Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) concept.

The Honourable Charles Savarin, Minister for National Security, Labour and Immigration, says he recognizes our vulnerabilities as Caribbean countries, from natural disasters is largely due to our location.

The regional consultation brings together CDEMA participating states and other regional and international partners mainly to reflect on the practical issues surrounding the adaptation and implementation of the MODEL CDM Legislation and Regulations.


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