The National Emergency Management Organisation NEMO in collaboration with the UNDP Barbados, the OECS and the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection is hosting a two day workshop on Integrating Early Warnings systems EWS in several low-lying communities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
According to a release from NEMO, the workshop for the Community Alerts Project will be convened at the Haddon Hotel on January 21-22, 2014 involving representatives from the beneficiary countries (St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, and Dominica), CDEMA, CIMH, CTIC, Red Cross and the National Disaster Offices of Anguilla, St. Kitts and Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda.
The Low lying communities, vulnerable to rapidly forming events generation floods from both rainfall and from coastal hazards are being targeted for the development of an integrated Early Warning System (EWS).
This project is anticipated to improve awareness to natural hazards and the associated preparation and response protocols in 6 pilot communities and demonstrate the Common Alerting Protocol as a process to improve community alerting with a view to wider application within the pilot countries and other Caribbean states.
A field visit to Union Island – one of the selected communities, on Thursday 23rd January also forms part of the activities under the project.
The workshop officially opened at the Haddon Hotel Conference Room this morning.