CDRU Training being held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in preparation for the 2019 Hurricane Season

Participants of the 2019/2020 CDRU Training Workshop engage testing a Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) during the emergency telecommunications exercise.

Twenty-eight persons from military, fire and police operations in CDEMA’s Participating States are undergoing training for disaster response until June 18, 2019.

The annual CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) Training Workshop officially commenced in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Monday June 10th . The workshop is hosted by CDEMA and the Regional Security System Headquarters (RSS HQ).

According to Executive Director of CDEMA, Ronald Jackson, “We’ve been really trying to build some capacity over the past year and we’re confident that we’re improving in those areas. At the regional capacity building level, we would have done training of teams such as the Caribbean Disaster Relief Unit…we have a target we’re trying to get to 250 persons trained and ready.”

CDEMA in collaboration with regional partners conducted two CDRU trainings in May and July of 2018. Thirty-three (33) officers were trained in Antigua and 27 officers were trained in Barbados respectively.

This year’s programme will feature key sessions regarding Comprehensive Disaster Management, Emergency Relief and Warehousing Management, the Relief Supply Tracking System and Emergency Communications.

Participants of the current workshop are also engaging in the US SOUTHCOM EXERCISE TRADEWINDS 2019, and Phase 2 of the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Reduction (HADR) facilitated by the United States Southern Command which started on Friday 15th June.

The training is part of the Regional Coordination Plan where participants will be oriented to execute the three main functions needed in a disaster environment. These are to:

  • Provide relief management support to national and regional authorities
  • Provide emergency telecommunications support the authorities of an impacted CDEMA Participating State
  • Provide appropriate personnel for the restoration of critical lifeline facilities post impact
Military, police and fire officers from across the CDEMA Participating States engage in discussion at the 2019/2020 CDRU Training Workshop in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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1 Comment

  1. Kittana Albert
    June 18, 2019

    Wonderful very good idea but I do think that there are a lot of good responsible law abiding citizens that should be allowed to take part in the training as well maybe it should be some thing to think about in the future .Thank u.

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