SOMETHING ROTTEN IN LOWER ESTATE? NAH, IT’S JUST THE NEW REGIONAL TRAINING CENTRE FOR CDEMA, BUT “SSH, LET’S PRETEND IT AIN’T THERE…”

Barbados and other member states that fall under the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency’s (CDEMA) umbrella can now benefit from specialised training in areas related to disaster management.

That's because CDEMA's new US$4 million headquarters was officially opened  at Resilience Way, Lower Estate, St. Michael, now houses a Regional Training Centre, warehouse and the Regional Coordination Centre.

That’s because CDEMA’s new US$4 million headquarters was officially opened at Resilience Way, Lower Estate, St. Michael, now houses a Regional Training Centre, warehouse and the Regional Coordination Centre.

Speaking at the official opening ceremony, Executive Director of CDEMA, Ronald Jackson, said the Regional Training Centre, would focus its efforts primarily on the delivery of standardised training. This, he explained, included training in core areas such as Emergency Operations; Contingency Planning; Disaster Risk Management (an introductory programme) and Programme Development and Management for Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM).

Staff officially smiling yet enduring a horrific stench, some sources claimed a dead animal was trapped in the ducts while others said the sewerage system was blocked - all I knew was they needed Pine Sol, Lysol and Glade plus Oust, yuck! Ignoring a problem does not help ... don't be a Fumble or a Sphincter, folks! You're in Disaster Management which means tackling issues head on & fast!

Staff officially smiling yet enduring a horrific stench, some sources claimed a dead animal was trapped in the ducts while others said the sewerage system was blocked – all I knew was they needed Pine Sol, Lysol and Glade plus Oust, yuck! Ignoring a problem does not help … don’t be a Fumble or a Sphincter, folks! You’re in Disaster Management which means tackling issues head on & fast!

Mr. Jackson added that the Regional Training Centre would also contribute to some of the outcomes outlined in the Comprehensive Disaster Management Strategy 2014 to 2024, which spoke directly to strengthening institutional arrangements for CDM in the region.

The Regional Training Centre is designed to address several areas including promoting comprehensive disaster management throughout its 18 member countries; identifying gaps in CDM capabilities and training needs within the CDEMA system; developing and maintaining the capabilities for CDM through the provision of a programme of standardised training; maintaining a record of existing capabilities, materials and resources and facilitating and promoting national, regional and international partnerships for development and delivery of standardised training for CDEMA.

The Regional Training Centre is designed to address several areas including promoting comprehensive disaster management throughout its 18 member countries; identifying gaps in CDM capabilities and training needs within the CDEMA system; developing and maintaining the capabilities for CDM through the provision of a programme of standardised training; maintaining a record of existing capabilities, materials and resources and facilitating and promoting national, regional and international partnerships for development and delivery of standardised training for CDEMA.

Mr. Jackson noted that since its inception, CDEMA had pursued a policy of collaboration with national, regional and international organisations towards the realisation of a safer, more resilient region.

Meanwhile? The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is “bleeding“, and facing difficulties in paying its day-to-day bills.

This is according to Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, who has again called on member states to lend their support to the agency.

This is according to Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, who has again called on member states to lend their support to the agency.

He was speaking at the official opening of the new CDEMA headquarters, Regional Training Centre, Regional Coordination Centre and warehouse at Resilience Way, Lower Estate, St. Michael.

“I want to encourage my colleagues in the region to ensure that we are able to financially support CDEMA and its activities,” he said.

Mr. Brathwaite stated that international partners were saying that it was difficult for them to justify putting money into the region, when the region itself did not seem willing or able to give financial support to various agencies that was required.

Mr. Brathwaite stated that international partners were saying that it was difficult for them to justify putting money into the region, when the region itself did not seem willing or able to give financial support to various agencies that was required.

He warned that the region could not signal that it was independent without looking within itself to ensure that it could do more within its people.

This is Admiral Jerabek, I am sure he cussed like a soldier later on... The odour was more than overpowering, it was just raping one's nostrils, yet when I asked why - all the staff just stared at me like a grinning deer in headlights? This is handling a Crisis?

This is Admiral Jerabek, I am sure he cussed like a soldier later on… The odour was more than overpowering, it was just raping one’s nostrils, yet when I asked why – all the staff just stared at me like a grinning deer in headlights? This is handling a Crisis?

The Minister called on regional partners who had not yet paid their annual subscriptions for 2015 to CDEMA to do so, because there was still work to be done to furnish and outfit the building which was constructed at a cost of US $4 million from the United States Southern Command.

In addition, American Ambassador to Barbados & EC, Dr Larry L. Palmer, noted the handover was the result of many years of hard work and close coordination between numerous groups and agencies including the Government of Barbados, which provided the land and the United States Southern Command - the funding.

In addition, American Ambassador to Barbados & EC, Dr Larry L. Palmer, noted the handover was the result of many years of hard work and close coordination between numerous groups and agencies including the Government of Barbados, which provided the land and the United States Southern Command – the funding.

He added that the Regional Coordination Centre symbolised the countries’ collective commitment to disaster preparedness, response and mitigation. “The purpose of this facility is to help save lives, and that is a cause I believe we can all be proud to help support,” he stated. (JRB/BGIS)

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