Disaster

Chastanet Urges Saint Lucians To Be Prepared Amidst Hurricane Season

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet had warned Saint Lucians to be vigilant and remain prepared amidst the current 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season. Experts predict 19 named storms in 2020. They include three named storms that have already formed Arthur, Bertha and Cristobal. Of...

Vieux Fort North MP Urges Constituents To Prepare Ahead of Hurricane Season

Press Release:- As the June 1st official start of the hurricane season approaches the member of Parliament for Vieux Fort North Hon. Moses Jn. Baptiste calls on all St. Lucians, especially residents of Vieux Fort North, to prepare for what...

Saint Lucia Increases Its Catastrophic Risk Insurance Coverage

The Saint Lucia Government, under its disaster risk financing policy, has increased this country's coverage with the Caribbean Catastrophic Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF). The disclosure has come from the Deputy Director for Financial Administration in the Department of Finance, Matthew...

Sagicor Urges Property Owners To Use Downtime To Prepare For Hurricane Season

Press Release:- The 2020 hurricane season is forecast to be one of the most active on record, and with that in mind, Sagicor is encouraging its clients and the general public to use the downtime created by COVID-19 lockdowns and...

Saint Lucia Red Cross Concerned Over Hurricane Preparedness

The Saint Lucia Red Cross is concerned over this country's preparedness for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season which starts on June 1, in light of the current COVID-19 situation. "I am not very sure we are prepared in case something...

2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Could Be One Of ‘Most Active On Record’

Fox 35 Orlando:- Pennsylvania State’s Earth System Science Center said they anticipate that the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season will be an active one with the possibility of 20 named storms. The team of scientists at the center recently released their predictions...

UN Warns Of Global Famines As A Result Of COVID-19

London (CNN):- The world is facing multiple famines of "biblical proportions" in just a matter of months, the UN has said, warning that the coronavirus pandemic will push an additional 130 million people to the brink of starvation. Famines could...

PM Says Three Major Hotels To Close Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has announced that three major hotels are to close amid the current global Coronavirus crisis. Saint Lucia recently confirmed that it has recorded two 'imported' cases of the virus. "The virus continues to have an untold economic...

Saint Lucia Optimistic About Trade With UK As Brexit Nears

Press Release:- The United Kingdom’s Brexit bill has completed its passage through the House of Commons and the House of Lords and has received royal assent. On 31st January, at 23:00 hours, the UK will formally leave the EU with...

Trinidad Rocked By Earthquake

CMC News:- A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 rocked several parts of Trinidad during the early hours of Tuesday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the St. Augustine...

CARICOM Expresses Sympathy To Australia Over ‘Extraordinary’ Fires

CARICOM Today:-  Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque extended sympathy to the Government and People of Australia on the loss of life and property due to the fires in that country. Ambassador LaRocque expressed the sentiments when...

Another Earthquake Rocks Puerto Rico

CNN:- An earthquake with a 5.9 magnitude rattled Puerto Rico on Saturday morning, the US Geological Survey reports. The quake was about 8 miles south of Indios, Puerto Rico, in the Caribbean Sea, the USGS said, at a depth of 6.2...

Jamaica To Set Up Earthquake Readiness Committee

Jamaica Observer:- KINGSTON, Jamaica — To better prepare the society for an earthquake, a National Earthquake Readiness Committee will be established by the Government. Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie, made the announcement yesterday at a Town Hall...

NEMO Urges Residents To Be Prepared For Earthquakes

Press Release:- The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (UWI-SRC) has informed of a magnitude 5.2 earthquake which occurred near Dominica, at 10:01 a.m. on Jan. 8, 2020. The epicentre of the earthquake was at 23 kilometres southeast of...

Caribbean Urged To Brace Itself As Earthquakes Rock Puerto Rico

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Tuesday said that the recent earthquakes in Puerto Rico should serve as a reminder to the Caribbean, “that our...

Puerto Rico Quake Destroys Natural Landmark

BBC News:- A popular tourist rock formation in Puerto Rico has collapsed after a strong earthquake shook the island, damaging homes and causing power cuts. The stone arch, known as Punta Ventana, was destroyed on Monday, when the earthquake hit. The 5.8-magnitude...

USAID Gives $10m To Improve Caribbean Disaster Resilience

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) says Washington is providing US $10 million to improve local resilience to disasters in priority countries in the Caribbean. “With this new funding, USAID will support community-level...

NEMO Official Reflects On Hurricane Season, Says Saint Lucians Were ‘Lucky’

The Deputy Director of the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), Maria Medard,  has asserted that Saint Lucians were a lucky people, having been spared  the effects of a hurricane during the just ended Atlantic hurricane season. "We were spared the...

Saint Lucians To Benefit From Data-Driven Disaster Mitigation

Press Release:- A contract for LIDAR data collection of Saint’s Lucia’s entire landmass and coastal zone was signed under the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project, DVRP, as one of the highlights of the World Bank’s project supervision mission from November 18-22,...

Saint Lucia Hosts OECS Disaster Preparedness Meeting

Press Release:-  Representatives from 12 OECS Member States met on 17th and 18th October, in Saint Lucia, to assess how they can enhance preparedness for natural hazards, such as hurricanes, floods and droughts, when weather forecasts show that trouble...

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