by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Ahead of a National Stakeholder Orientation, a representative from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) advised on the importance of disaster management.
CDEMA Consultant Ms. Denise Murray spoke about the importance of disaster preparedness and response, calling it a “life and death” situation during an interview with Azem and Jade on Island Tea.
“I’ve been saying on different TV and radio programs for persons walking in the streets, for [the] person selling in the market, the vendors, the marketplace, the media, we all have a responsibility when it comes to disaster management. So I am here to fulfill a mission, so to speak, but not really minding the business of the country but encouraging the country NEMA, NDMD out in Nevis to partner with CDEMA in terms of his project so that we can understand better what your challenges are,” said Murray on March 2.
On Friday (March 4), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Nevis Disaster Management Agency (NDMD) are partnering with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to host a National Stakeholder meeting on the audit of the Disaster Management mechanism in the Federation.
The audit will be conducted using the CDEMA Comprehensive Disaster Management Audit Tool created by the agency in 2011.
The tool evaluates strengths and identifies gaps in disaster preparedness for participating territories; it assesses four stages of disaster management; Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery.
Murray also issued a call for more volunteers in disaster management and response.
“You know, I’m a volunteer. I encourage my angels to be volunteers. People can actually [become] community representatives. You have an auntie; you have an uncle; you have a neighbour that might need help at any time. So, I want to encourage persons to come out and volunteer with our national disaster management organizations.”
The National Stakeholder Orientation (NSO) is on Friday (March 4) at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort Ballroom from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.