AS A NUMBER of the participating states of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) brace for the pending impact of a tropical weather system, the agency has once again taken the lead to coordinate the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM).
To this end, CDEMA in collaboration with the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) convened a pre-strike meeting of the Eastern Caribbean Development Partner Group (ECDPG) at noon on Tuesday to plan for possible scenarios in preparation for the impact. Partner agencies who are members of this group, including regional and international donors and development partners, are monitoring the system.
The CIMH provided technical understanding of the system by defining the implications for countries in line of the impact. The CDEMA Coordinating Unit has been in contact with the National Disaster Coordinators (NDCs) in Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.
Information and updates from the local meteorological offices have been regularly shared with the national disaster management offices and the media. The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) for Barbados and Grenada will be activated later tonight in response to the threat of the current weather system.
“We are in the peak hurricane season and therefore expect that systems are still likely to develop which may threaten several of our participating states. We are therefore monitoring the development of INVEST 97 given the current exposures and vulnerability in several of our Eastern Caribbean States and Haiti”, said Ronald Jackson, executive director of CDEMA. An organised tropical wave system is approaching the Eastern Caribbean and is likely to be developed into a tropical depression or storm later tonight.