Review of Emergency Procedures in Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency Participating States

This initiative will contribute to the improvement of emergency response procedures and protocols in CDEMA Participating States through an evaluation of States’ readiness and response to Hurricane Matthew.

Context

Hurricanes and storms are the most frequently occurring hazard affecting the Caribbean.  Every Caribbean island has experienced the direct effects of at least one hurricane or has had a disturbance in the island’s weather conditions due to a hurricane passing nearby.  Due to the frequency of hurricanes and storms, the countries of the region have put in place national disaster plans, which include hurricane/storm response plans.  

When a storm or hurricane approaches in the Caribbean region, authorities can initiate shutdown procedures as a precautionary measure. However, shutdowns can have a negative public perception. To tackle this issue, CDEMA is implementing the Review of Emergency Procedures Project. This initiative seeks to raise awareness of emergency response procedures among the general public.

National shutdowns were implemented in the Bahamas, Barbados and Haiti as a result of the approach of Hurricane Matthew in September 2016.  However, their implementation was affected by negative public perception regarding the usefulness and/or legality of the measures, following instances in which the hazard event failed to make impact at all or had a significantly lower impact than had been anticipated.  It is a widely held belief that negative perceptions about national shutdowns are perpetuated by a lack of awareness of the wide range of meteorological variables that may affect the outcome of an impending storm or hurricane.  

CDEMA has identified the need for strengthening the linkages between the general public and disaster planners in order to improve the understanding of emergency response procedures.  There is also a need for further strengthening of disaster response mechanisms at the national level, including through improved engagement between the national disaster organisations (NDOs) and the private sector organisations (PSOs) in preparation for a slow onset event.

Project outcome

The expected outcome of the project is the drafting of new guidelines for emergency response and national shutdown procedures in the CDEMA Participating States.

Project components

  • Evaluation of the readiness of four selected CDEMA Participating States impacted by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 
  • Recommendations for strengthening Protocols and Procedures for Readiness and Response, including guidance on how to reach the poorest and most vulnerable members of the societies considered (including the elderly, women and persons with disabilities)
  • Development of Plans of Action for strengthening national readiness and response, based on CDEMA Standard Guidelines for national shutdown procedures
  • Convening a regional workshop to review the draft Guidelines for national shutdown procedures

Elements

Evaluating the readiness of four selected CDEMA Participating States impacted by Hurricane Matthew in 2016:

  • Develop a suitable tool to support country assessments based on the CDEMA Model National Operations Checklist used to undertake an annual rapid assessment of the readiness of CDEMA participant states.
  • There will also be an examination of the appropriateness of national actions undertaken through a review of national After-Action Reviews (AARs) to determine whether appropriate actions were implemented and where gaps exist.

Developing recommendations for the revision of protocols and procedures and Plans of Action for strengthening national readiness and response:

  • Identify and make recommendations to inform the revision of national shutdown procedures and to draft plans of action for strengthening of national readiness and response
  • These will be validated through four national workshops in collaboration with the National Disaster Office (NDO), and supported by the CDEMA Coordinating Unit (CU).  
  • Development of draft Model Guidelines for national shutdown procedures which can be adapted by the various Participating States.

Convening a regional workshop to review the draft Standard or Model Guidelines for national shutdown procedures:

  • CDEMA CU will convene a Regional Workshop to provide the opportunity to regional participants to give feedback on the draft Model Guidelines.  The Regional Workshop will be supported by the Plan Development and Review Sub-committee (PDRSC) of the CDEMA Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). 
  • The main purpose of the PDRSC is to assist the CDEMA CU in the review and development of plans and procedures that will facilitate the effective and efficient functioning of the Regional Response Mechanism and its components.  
  • The Regional Workshop will also be supported by the membership of the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (CAIC) along with the National Disaster Offices, to provide an opportunity for feedback on the protocols and guidelines.  The Regional Workshop will be convened in one of the beneficiary countries.

Cost: EUR 127 644
Implementing agency: CDEMA
Granted by: CDB
Beneficiary countries: Barbados, Saint Lucia, Haiti and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas
Period: July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019

Launching of the 11th EDF Natural Disaster Facility in the CARIFORUM Programme

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) along with the European Union have launched the 11th EDF Natural Disaster Facility in the CARIFORUM Programme. This initiative aims to contribute to the reduction of the vulnerability to disaster risks, and to promote the sustainable development from the countries of this region.

The launching of this initiative was held on 3rd December 2019, in the framework of the 11th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management, an event hosted by CDEMA in collaboration with the Government of Sint Maarten. This conference, under the theme “The Road to Resilience Checkpoint 2019 – Safeguarding Our Communities, Livelihoods and Economies”, gathered the most relevant decision makers and disaster management professionals, contributing to improve capacities and partnerships to fight climate change and strengthen disaster management strategies.

The launching ceremony of the 11th EDF Natural Disaster Facility in the CARIFORUM was presided by Honourable Prime Minister of Sint Maarten Ms. Silveria Jacobsand by His Excellency Fernando Ponz Cantó, Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.  Mr. Ponz Cantó emphasized the EU commitment to reduce vulnerability in the Caribbean Region, including the potential impacts of climate varability and change. He also referred to the importance of the participation of the Dominican Republic Government in this mechanism, as it increases the cooperation and share lessons learned among all the countries and territories of this region.

Representatives of humanitarian organizations from different countries of the region participated in this event. Outstanding was the intervention of Mr. Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of CDEMA, who highlighted the impact and result of the actions and projects financially supported under the 10th EDF Natural Disaster Risk Management (NDRM) Project, as well as the frutiful cooperation between the implementing partners of this programme along the period 2014-2019.

CTO recognises CDB for work supporting resilience in tourism sector

The ongoing efforts of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to make the Region’s tourism sector more climate resilient has been hailed by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO).

CTO recently presented the Bank with an award in recognition of CDB’s support to the regional tourism body in promoting climate smart   tourism development region wide.

In 2017, CDB provided a EUR 460,000 grant to the CTO to implement the Climate Smart project aimed at increasing the sector’s resilience to natural hazards and climate related risks.

The project supported policy formulation, the promotion of best practices in disaster risk management and climate change adaption, and the development of tools to enhance knowledge and awareness of disaster risk reduction strategies and the potential impacts of climate variability and climate change. It also included training to strengthen the ability of tourism stakeholders to undertake mitigation and adaptation responses to climate change.

The funding was provided under the African Caribbean Pacific-European Union-Caribbean Development Bank- Natural Disaster Risk Management in CARIFORUM Countries programme (NDRM).

NDRM works to reduce vulnerability to the long-term impacts of natural hazards, including climate change, thereby promoting the achievement of national and regional sustainable development and poverty reduction goals.

Source: https://www.caribank.org/

Nawasa’s Community Water Storage Project

The main challenges

  • Schools were faced with school closures as a result of stoppage in supply throughout the state for varying reasons.
  • There were inadequate storage facilities at schools; as none of the schools have water tanks to assist NAWASA to provide them with a supply of water in the event of system down time or natural disasters.
  • Schools with inadequate water storage facilities were all Identified as hurricane shelters.
  • The Community relayed on the School for support with their water system when there were community events.

Implementing actors and responsibilities

  • To install emergency water storage to schools in Grenada
  • To increase water storage capacity to schools in Grenada

What actions were taken and should be highlighted?

  • 18 – 1000-gallon water storage tanks were installed at 17 schools on the tri-island state of Grenada.

What were the results of those actions?

  • Increased capacity to reduce risks to all hazards at 17 schools on the island
  • Ensure water availability and its sustainable use improved at 17 schools on the island

Major achievements

  • Improvement of piping systems within the School
  • Over 18,000 gallons of stored water available to 17 schools on the tri-island state of Grenada.
  • Four schools had their water supply network repaired.
  • Beneficiaries: 5728 plus students representing 17 public schools on the island; Male: 3170, Female: 2558

Overall, what is unique, interesting, or notable about this major achievement/case study?

  • This project is unique and notable because it fits within NAWASA’s strategic direction of sustainability and our ability to withstand seasonal challenges both in the rainy and dry season, for which storage is always a major challenge to Nawasa achieving those objects and it was one of the areas that we have significant deficiencies.
  • This project allowed us to address the critical challenge of storage at the school level bearing in mind that those same schools are used as shelters in a post-disaster situation. We were, therefore, providing resilience in the aftermath of a natural disaster.
  • This intervention allowed schools to remain open during periods of drought and also in cases when there were interruptions both in the dry and rainy season, students were able to continue their process of education. This intervention also allowed schools that are hurricane shelters to remain open and provide the needs of the community based on the emergency situation
  • In addition, this project was advanced by the National Disaster Management Agency NADMa but implemented by another government agency – NAWASA which was very positive.
  • It also highlighted a hazard like a drought which in some cases are not usually addressed but the sustainability component is very strong because the results that have emerged from this project can expand the beneficiaries beyond the initial project intervention
  • The assets generated from this project are being used by NAWASA in communities that are problematic to supply in the dry season and will become problematic in the aftermath of a natural disaster, there are dense pockets in high elevation. Tanks will be deployed in predetermined locations, filled by water trucks and persons in and around are able to address daily needs using buckets.

What are the next steps:

  • NAWASA maintains responsibility of the water tanks for the next three years.
  • NAWASA will be looking closely into the storage capacity of other government schools based on their population and will be working to ensure that adequate storage facilities are provided.

Project features

Years: 2018
Implementing Agency: National Water and Sewerage Authority Nawasa, National Disaster Management Agency
Benefiting Zone: Grenada
Cooperation and technical assistance: CDEMA
Funded by: The European Union through the Natural Disaster Risk Management Programme in the CARIFORUM.

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Strengthening Emergency Preparedness and Response in Moraikobai

The main challenges

Moraikobai has a history of hazard impact such as annual incidence of floods and droughts which affect livelihoods, health, and safety of the residents. The community’s main livelihood activities, farming, and logging are highly susceptible to climate-related hazard impact. Despite this, the community has little access to early warning mechanisms and there is no common plan for risk reduction. Further, the remote, riverine nature of the community delays response, thereby, perpetuating the Community’s cycle of risk.

Implementing actors and responsibilities

Through the “Strengthening Community Preparedness and Response in Moraikobai Region 5,” project, the Civil Defence Commission in partnership with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) through support from the European Union, aims to build resilience of one (1) of the most vulnerable communities in the Mahaica- Berbice, Administrative Region (Region 5). This is to be achieved through the development of a Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) system which includes an assessment of disaster risk in the community, hazard maps, a CBDRM plan, the establishment of a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and a CBDRM Committee.

What actions were taken and should be highlighted?

The project which commenced in June 2018, has engaged the community in participatory risk management, through; risk assessments, including hazard, vulnerability and capacity mapping; risk reduction planning; capacity building in Community Emergency Response Team (CERT); and the establishment of a CBDRM committee.

What were the results of those actions?

There is increased awareness of and knowledge around disaster risk and risk reduction strategies among community members in Moraikobai.

Through capacity building in risk mapping and CERT, Moraikobai has increased capacity to prepare for and respond to climate-related hazard impact, particularly during upcoming seasonal events.

The above-mentioned outcomes have produced the following outputs and outcomes:

  • 28 residents have been trained to conduct risk assessments at the community level
  • 11 residents have been trained in CERT
  • Priority hazards have been identified for the community
  • Community generated hazard and vulnerability maps have been developed for Moraikobai
  • Risk reduction measures and key resource persons and agencies have been identified
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data and drone imagery have been collected for generation of hazard and vulnerability maps
  • The community has an established CBDRM Committee

Major achievements

Moraikobai is the only indigenous and the only hinterland community within the Mahaica-Berbice Region (Region 5). From a development standpoint, the largely Arawak community is in the initial stages of developing its sustainable tourism sector and has used the CBDRM Committees and CERT as tools for propelling the local sector. For example the Village council has included the CERT team and CBDRM committee in project proposals for development of its tourism product. If successfully integrated this community can be a model for DRM integration in local tourism.

What are the next steps?

The main next steps involve the completion of the project are as follows:

  • The completion and distribution of the Morakaboi CBDRM Plan, inclusive of hazard and vulnerability maps.
  • A drill/simulation is to be done with the CERT and equipment handed over.
  • Integration of Moraikobai CBDRM system into the Mahaica-Berbice Regional Disaster Risk Management Systems and Monitoring

Project features

Years: 2018-2019
Implementing Agency: Civil Defence Commission, Moraikobai Village Council
Benefiting Zone: Guayana
Cooperation and technical assistance: CDEMA
Funded by: The European Union through the Natural Disaster Risk Management Programme in the CARIFORUM.

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The Natural Disaster Risk Management Programme participates in the Understanding Risk Caribbean Conference

The event took place in Barbados from 30th of May to 1st of June and was attended by 350 scientists, politicians, designers, engineers and researchers from more than 35 countries

The Understanding Risk Caribbean Conference arises from the regional need to develop a better exchange of strategies, policies and plans for disaster prevention, especially after the hurricanes that hit the Atlantic in 2017

The Natural Disaster Risk Management Programme (NDRM), is an initiative founded by the European Union to promote adaptation to climate change and manage climate risk in CARIFORUM member countries, is currently participating in the Understanding Risk Caribbean Conference, a regional meeting on risk management held at the University of the West Indies in Barbados from May 27th to June 1st.

Organized by the World Bank’s Caribbean Disaster Risk Management team with support from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the European Union, and hosted by the Government of Barbados, the conference brings together members from 35 countries and participants as varied as representatives of government ministries, national agencies and disaster risk management experts, urban planning experts, insurance companies, general companies, NGOs, researchers, development banks or donors to share strategies, policies and plans to prevent natural disasters.

The event is part of the Understanding Risk community, a platform for collaboration, knowledge sharing and innovation in disaster risk identification and assessment that brings together more than 8,000 experts and professionals active in the creation, communication and use of disaster risk information. The Understanding Risk community meets every two years in its forums, where it facilitates the exchange of knowledge and interaction among key actors for risk prevention in the region. The event is especially important considering the work to be done in the region, as the Caribbean Islands are currently one of the most vulnerable regions in terms of natural disasters per capita or land surface.

ACP-EU NDRM Programme in the CARIFORUM / Booth at the Understanding Risk Caribbean Conference: the Natural Disaster Risk Management Program (NDRM) is an initiative of the group of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP), funded by the European Union (EU). The program supports disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) activities in the CARIFORUM countries.

Some of the topics covered are risk analysis and communication, physical, fiscal and urban resilience, coastal protection or community engagement and emergency preparedness.

The #URCaribbean meeting is led by the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, the Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Ronald Jackson, the Ambassador of the European Union in Barbados, Daniela Tramacere and the Practice Manager for Urban Development and Disaster Risk Management in the Latin America and Caribbean Region from the World Bank, Ming Zhang.

Some of the main challenges facing the Understanding Risk community in the region are identifying disaster risk information needs, providing training to countries in areas such as fiscal resilience, coastal protection or risk analysis, sharing knowledge and best practices, and implementing innovation that can facilitate disaster risk management processes.

Pooling resources and sharing strategies at the Understanding Risk Caribbean Conference

Understanding Risk Caribbean Conference to be held in Barbados, 27 May – 1 June 2019

Over 350 participants from more than 35 countries and territories will meet at the Understanding Risk Caribbean Conference in Barbados, at the University of the West Indies – Cave Hill Campus’ Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, from 27 May to 1 June 2019.

UR Caribbean is a response to regional calls for greater exchange, learning and harmonization of resilient investment and planning strategies, following the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. The meeting will bring together policy makers from government ministries and national disaster management agencies, disaster risk management experts, urban planners, insurance industry stakeholders, private sector organizations, NGOs and civil society groups, researchers and academic institutions, multilateral development banks, regional partners, and donors, to address the needs of the region.

During the Conference, participants will identify deficiencies in disaster risk information, share knowledge and best practices, and obtain in-depth training in risk analytics, fiscal resilience, coastal protection, emergency preparedness, and other areas. Global partners will highlight groundbreaking work, facilitate collaboration, and showcase new technical know-how in disaster risk identification.

The core technical themes at the Conference, covered in 21 technical sessions and plenaries, will include:

  • Risk analytics and communication
  • Physical resilience
  • Fiscal resilience
  • Urban resilience
  • Coastal protection
  • Hydromet and early warning systems
  • Community engagement and emergency preparedness

UR Caribbean is organized by the World Bank’s Caribbean Disaster Risk Management team, in partnership with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the European Union, and will be hosted by the Government of Barbados.

Event details

DATES: May 27 – June 1, 2019
LOCATION: Barbados
VENUE: University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus, Errol Barrow Center for Creative Imagination

Training workshops to prevent disasters and learn good practices in risk management

The National Institute of Comprehensive Risk Management of the Dominican Republic carried out a series of training workshops to prevent disasters and learn good practices in risk management. The workshops were organised within the framework of the Risk Management Program for Disasters in CARIFORUM, with funds from the European Union and the collaboration of the General Directorate of Multilateral Cooperation.

Context:

The geological and climatic characteristics of the Dominican Republic make it highly vulnerable to different risks and disasters.  For this reason, the Dominican government has focused on risk reduction as an essential policy for national development. Reducing the impacts of climate change in the country will lead to poverty reduction, productivity competitiveness, an increase in social investment, as well as protection of the people and the environment.

With this in mind, the government has created the National System for Comprehensive Risk Management, aiming to update the legal and institutional framework with an emphasis on comprehensive risk management and focusing on prevention, mitigation and response.

The training workshops were carried out as part of the implementation of the National Training Plan on Comprehensive Risk Management and is also part of the reinforcement strategy of the National Institute on CRM (ESNAGERI).

Objectives of the project:

  • Approach the conceptual framework and the methodological aspects of the simulations, identifying the skills, competences and aptitudes necessary for its application in the Dominican Republic.
  • Guide the planning, design, organisation, development and evaluation of simulations and of emergencies and disasters.
  • Provide practical tools for the planning, design, organisation, development and evaluation of these exercises.

The expected outcome of the training workshops is to:

  • evaluate the decision-making capacity of the personnel from the agencies for emergencies and disasters, in accordance with the provisions of their plans and procedures;
  • validate the institutional plan for emergency preparedness and response in a specific facility or organization;
  • test inter-institutional or intersectoral coordination mechanisms to deal with emergency situations;
  • train decision makers and those in charge of the execution of emergency response actions in the management of crisis situations and information management;
  • test the relevance and effectiveness of plans, protocols, procedures, guides or other operational emergency response mechanisms;
  • evaluate capacities, use of techniques, tools, resources and other factors that involve practical actions related to the organization of response operations in emergency situations;
  • improve the coordination and application of specific risk reduction techniques and control of consequences by multiple actors and organizations;
  • evaluate general responses of community groups, ad hoc groups, service personnel, response teams and others that have been trained in skills for dealing with specific emergencies.

Project features

Etities in charge: National Institute on Comprehensive Risk Management (ESNAGERI)

Benefiting Zone: The Dominican Republic

Funded by: The European Union through the Natural Disaster Risk Management Programme in the CARIFORUM.

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Safer, more efficient and disaster-resilient aqueducts in the Dominican Republic.

Its geographic location makes the Dominican Republic particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. This project aims to study, assess, and recommend how to improve the country’s aqueduct infrastructure as well as other systems that are vital during national emergencies. It includes determining which systems and infrastructures are in most need of improvement, a goal achieved through the evaluation and indexing of each system in order to prioritize accordingly.

Context

The Dominican Republic is a country in the Caribbean with a population of 10 million inhabitants. It is located on the greater island of Hispaniola (which it shares with Haiti), south-east of the Florida coast. This region of the world is prone to natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and many others, some of which can be harmful enough as to leave the island without access to drinking water. Just one year ago the island was grazed by Hurricane Maria, a deadly Category 4 storm, narrowly escaping the devastation that struck neighbouring Puerto Rico. Similarly, the Dominican Republic lies on top of the same fault that saw Haiti hit by a catastrophic earthquake in 2010. The country must be prepared when disasters strike, and therefore this project should be seen as a priority for the well-being of everyone residing in it.

In order to assist the Dominican Republic in this preparation for the unpredictable, the European Union has designed a cooperation programme to help see through the objectives of the Safe Aqueducts Index, which is one of two components of the ACP-EU Natural Disaster Risk Management Programme in the CARIFORUM.

Objectives

The main objective of the Safe Aqueducts Index is to set in place tools that can evaluate vulnerabilities and capabilities of the water supply system when natural or anthropogenic disasters threaten the Dominican Republic.  This will articulate different means of strengthening infrastructure and systems to increase security during natural disasters.

More specifically, the Index aims to:

  • determine priorities for decision-making in times of emergency;
  • improve aqueducts through a better understanding of the system’s properties and infrastructure. 

Impact

In meeting these objectives, the programme will contribute to the achievement of high safety standards and preparedness for unpredictable disasters. An initial assessment will determine the current state of the system, including which elements might be functioning properly and thus be useful as benchmarks. In the process of improving infrastructure related to health care and drinking water, as well as the implementation of systems that rank decision making priorities, risk is significantly reduced.

The Dominican Republic’s exposure to periodic disaster risk, including floods, power outages, and food and water shortages, requires concerted planning and efficient execution in order to save lives and limit the loss of resources.

The Aqueduct Safety Index is a multi-variable equation with a combination of measurements that define the safety coefficient of an aqueduct, in terms of the number of inhabitants served by a particular sector of the infrastructure.

The first of these variables is vulnerability, as determined by physical, operative, organizational, environmental, cultural and socio-economic factors.

The second variable is the capability of the aqueduct, including management and coordination functions. This will be gauged through interviews, blueprints and technical observations.

The third variable is resilience, the ability to resist a certain degree of severity of any event. The system’s ability to prepare, adapt, resist and recover from any given event determines its resilience.

The goal of increased safety requires a great amount of interdisciplinary work, bringing various sectors of government and private enterprises together to improve the wellbeing of the Dominican population.

The EU, which is part of the International Health Partnership (IHP+), is committed to reducing the vulnerability of developing countries to global shocks such as climate change, natural disasters and the loss of natural resources. For these reasons the Dominican Republic is a focal part of the EU´s efforts in the Caribbean.

Project features

Etities in charge: Government of the Dominican Republic

Benefiting Zone: The Dominican Republic

Funded by: The European Union through the Natural Disaster Risk Management Programme  in the CARIFORUM.

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Dominican Republic Government creates SINI

The Presidency of the Dominican Republic, acting through the National Emergency Commission (CNE), launched the National Integrated Information System (SINI), a state-of-the-art ICT platform that hosts information on potential risks and vulnerabilities in order to facilitate research, analysis and early response capacities when the threat of disaster menaces the Dominican territory.

The platform is managed by highly trained technicians who compile and organise the information to be analysed. The SINI’s advanced servers can store environmental, geographical, agricultural and cartographic data produced by the institutions that participate in the system. Aircraft, drones and GPS will also be used to gather valuable data from vulnerable areas in order to analyse and manage potential risks.

Context:

Dominican institutions have shown their commitment to sharing critical information than enables support for better decision making in disaster relief and disaster risk management. However, these institutions are facing challenging connectivity issues and find themselves in need of a common software system that would allow them to effectively host and broadcast important information regarding possible risks and vulnerabilities.

With this in mind, the Dominican Republic Government has created the National Integrated Information System (SINI, for its initials in Spanish), a platform that will host all of the information related to disaster risk management. The ability to search through data that can then be analysed facilitates more accurate decision making by the national authorities.

Implementation:

A total of 13 nodes or data collectors were installed in the following institutions: The Ministry of Environmental Affairs, The Ministry of Natural Resources, The Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Defense (through the Institute of Military Cartography), The National Centre of Meteorology, The National Centre for Seismic Activity and its Geographic Institute, The National Institute of Hydraulic Resources, The National Institute of Fresh Water and Sewage, The National Geographic Institute, The National Office of Seismic Evaluation and Vulnerability of Infrastructure and Buildings, The National Geological Service, and The Official System of Beneficiaries. The goal is to create a network of scientific and technical information collected by each one of these agencies and centralised through the SINI.

Qualified technicians from each of these organizations will register, catalogue, and provide the collected information and data to the SINI. Once there, members of the inter-institutional Geospatial Information Team (EIGEO, for its initials in Spanish) will evaluate and analyse the information in order to generate computer models, databases, and three dimensional tools that can be applied over existing maps in order to view possible areas of interest such as food zones, high seismic activity, landslides, and forest fires. These will then be correlated to data on population, shelters, schools, and hospitals as well as hospital capacity.

Project features

Total cost of the project: RD$37,356,322.20
Etities in charge: Presidency of the Republic of the Dominican Republic, The European Union, AECID, National Fund for Prevention, Mitigation and Response to Disasters of the CNE, Digecoom
Benefiting Zone: The Dominican Republicbbean Development Bank
Funded by: The European Union through the Natural Disaster Risk Management Programme in the CARIFORUM.

Expected outcomes:

  • Strengthen the exchange of information for informed decision-making in Disaster Risk Management
  • A developed platform that allows decision-making in real time and through scenarios in the GRD
  • A system that is scalable and open, that allows the incorporation of new modules and use free license programs.
  • The information generated by the SINI will fundamentally serve to strengthen the Early Warning Systems and response capacity of the Emergency Operations Centre, and in turn as a valuable resource for the decision makers that make up the National Council for Prevention, Mitigation and Response to Disasters, chaired by the President of the Republic.
  • In addition, the SINI will manage geo-spatial data, analysis, and risk and statistical management plans, a resources directory and a virtual library. Also, this instrument contemplates the use of unmanned aircraft (drones) and global positioning systems (GPS) to be managed by a field team that guarantees the accuracy of the information provided.

“Achieving an adequate response to these risks is possible through the coordination and integration of both public and private entities involved in the prevention and mitigation of such states of emergency”.

Brigadier General Rafael Antonio Carrasco Paulino E.R.D., President of the National Emergency Commission and Director of Civil Defense.

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