CDEMA hosts ceremony to inaugurate new U.S. government-funded regional facility
In a recent ceremony, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) inaugurated its new headquarters at Resilience Way in St. Michael.
CDEMA’s new US$4.1 million-dollar facility was funded through the US/SOUTHCOM’s Humanitarian Assistance Program, as US/SOUTHCOM has been a long-standing partner of CDEMA and the region in providing support for training and emergency operations.
In a ceremony attended widely by stakeholders from the private and public sectors, key officials delivered remarks and took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony that officially declared the new facility “open for business.”
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony for CDEMA’s new facility, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS, Dr. Larry Palmer underscored his full support of the new facility, while referencing the importance of regional cooperation and partnership.
“The regional coordination center symbolizes all of our collective commitments to disaster preparedness, response, and mitigation,” noted Ambassador Palmer.
The regional coordination center is the result of a two-year collaboration and coordination effort on the part of the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, US/SOUTHCOM, the Government of Barbados, and CDEMA’s Coordinating Unit.
US/SOUTHCOM is responsible for providing contingency planning and operations in Central and South America, the Caribbean, their territorial waters, and for the force of U.S. military resources at these locations.