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Comprehensive Disaster Management

It’s safe to say that in the Caribbean, we have grown accustomed to disasters. Not that we’ve had any choice in the matter – often, not even a year goes by without the impact of at least one. Our location makes us vulnerable to many natural and technological hazards and really, there’s nothing we can do to stop them from happening.

What we can do however, is prepare ourselves so that when an emergency does happen, we’ll be ready. This preparation is necessary on all levels – from government to communities, in order to protect what we value most: our businesses, families and future.

For the last thirty years, many programmes and projects have been developed which have tried to increase awareness about our vulnerability to hazards. After much trial and error, it was decided that what was needed was a stronger multi-hazard approach to disaster management. This was why the Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) strategy was created.

Comprehensive Disaster Management was made to strengthen the regional, national and community level capacity for mitigation, management and coordinated response to all hazards, and the effects of climate change. There are five phases of the disaster management cycle: prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery.

 
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