CDEMA Team Off To Suriname To Assess Impact Of Heavy Flooding

CDEMA Team Off To Suriname To Assess Impact Of Heavy Flooding

CDEMA Team Off To Suriname To Assess Impact Of Heavy Flooding

Regional Security System | Tuesday, May 31, 2022

CDEMA’s Programme Manager, Preparedness and Response, Joanne Persad, preparing to board the RSS aircraft for her mission to Suriname. (Photo courtesy CDEMA)

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), has deployed a two-man team to travel to Suriname to assess the impact of heavy flooding caused by recent heavy rainfall.

This follows a Declaration on Wednesday, May 25, from President of Suriname, Chandrikaperdad Santokhi, that the districts of Brokopondo, Sipaliwini, Marowijne, Para, Saramacca, Coronie and Nickerie, in the Interior and southern sections, have been severely impacted due to continuous rainfall which started as early as March affecting agricultural crops, roads, electricity, housing, and schools.

The CDEMA Response Support Mission is being led by Programme Manager, Preparedness and Response, Joanne Persad who is supported by Navindra Persad from the Disaster Preparedness Office in Trinidad and Tobago. The one-week mission will assess the situation on the ground and help with determining the response and humanitarian needs of the country.

Following the Declaration from President Santokhi, CDEMA activated a high-level meeting attended by its international partner donors operating in the region, where more than a dozen pledged humanitarian assistance to the Suriname people.

Funding support for the RSS transport of the two-man team and a CARICOM Operations Support Team is being provided by the USAID Eastern and Southern Caribbean through the Caribbean Climate Resilience Initiative which is being implemented by the CDEMA CU.

Executive Director, Elizabeth Riley explained that “CDEMA is in solidarity with the government and people of Suriname at this troubling time. We recognise the multi-hazard environment in which this severe flood event has occurred and has been monitoring the situation since March. We have been in constant contact with the National Co-ordinating Centre for Disaster Management in the country and stands ready to assist where necessary. The Advance Team, which is heading to Suriname, will be able to better inform us of the co-ordination response needed as well be able to determine the humanitarian assistance that will follow.”

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RSS Coordinating Regional Relief Efforts In St. Vincent And The Grenadines

RSS Coordinating Regional Relief Efforts In St. Vincent And The Grenadines

RSS Coordinating Regional Relief Efforts In St. Vincent And The Grenadines

Regional Security System | Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Coast Guard vessels have been deployed from Barbados to St. Vincent and the Grenadines since the first eruption of La Soufriere on Friday, April 9. ​(GP)

The Regional Security System (RSS) continues to provide relevant support to the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as that country faces the ongoing eruption of the La Soufriere volcano.

Regional Maritime Officer at the RSS, LT (CG) Rolerick Sobers, pointed out that the RSS is currently coordinating the efforts of the security agencies across the RSS Member States, as they work with the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) and Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

He confirmed that there have been two maritime deployments comprising Coast Guard vessels from Barbados to St. Vincent and the Grenadines since the first eruption on Friday, April 9; the first to deliver supplies, including water, equipment and cots, and the second to transport assessors from the CDRU and CDEMA.

Lt. (CG) Sobers noted that there had been no reports of security issues from the Commissioner of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force. He however noted that the situation was “dynamic and changing very quickly”, and the RSS was prepared for any eventuality that may occur.

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Work Of Former CDEMA Head Lauded

Work Of Former CDEMA Head Lauded

Work Of Former CDEMA Head Lauded

Regional Security System | Monday, June 1, 2020

The RSS has had a “hearty and healthy relationship” with CDEMA, during the tenure of former CDEMA head, Ronald Jackson. (Photo: RSS)

The work of former Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Ronald Jackson, recently came in for high praise from Executive Director of the Regional Security System (RSS), Captain (N) Errington Shurland.

Conveying sentiments on behalf of the RSS Council of Ministers, the Security Chiefs and the management and staff of the RSS Headquarters, Captain Shurland lauded Mr. Jackson for his “sterling contribution” to CDEMA and presented him with a plaque to express gratitude for his service. “Your passion, commitment and dedication to disaster risk management in the Caribbean for the past seven years has been nothing short of outstanding,” he affirmed

The RSS official boasted of the “hearty and healthy relationship” which the two institutions have enjoyed under Mr. Jackson’s tenure, and gave the assurance that the RSS would strive to maintain that bond.

Mr. Jackson was appointed Executive Director of CDEMA on April 3, 2013. He has provided sterling leadership of the regional coordination and responses to Dominica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent after the Christmas Trough in 2013; Tropical Storm Erika in Dominica in 2015; Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017; Hurricane Dorian in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in 2019 and in the current COVID-19 Pandemic now affecting the region.

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