Disaster preparedness
When COVID began to infiltrate the Caribbean, WFP helped Dominica implement systems to more efficiently collect and analyze the data needed to determine who was eligible for payments to help ride out the pandemic.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean

A new UNISDR study of the private sectors in Dominica and the British Virgin Islands finds that even though most businesses had disaster continuity plans, Maria and Irma revealed that they were unprepared for a level 5 hurricane. Businesses must recognize

(From left) Trade and Disasters Symposium panel: UNISDR Director, Kirsi Madi, IFRC Secretary-General, Elhadj As Sy,  WTO Director-General, Roberto Azevêdo, WTO Panel Moderator, Shishir Priyadarshi, and Ambassador Frances Lisson, Australia.
The World Trade Organization today called for greater dialogue on the impacts of the growing number of disasters on world trade and the role trade can play in building resilience to disasters.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Ambassador Makeda Antoine Cambridge of Trinidad and Tobago speaking on the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season
A new review of the record-breaking 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Seaon will be launched at the Americas Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in June.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
PM Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit (left), meeting with UN Secretary-General, António Guterres in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria - UN Photo/Rick Bajomas
Following the devastation wrought on his Caribbean island home by Hurricane Maria, the Prime Minister of Dominica, Mr. Roosevelt Skerrit, is calling on the world not “to turn its back” on the problem of climate change and for greater investment in disaster risk reduction.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
UN Secretary-General António Guterres visiting the Caribbean post Hurricane Maria
Visiting hurricane devastated islands in the Caribbean at the weekend, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, stated that “the link between climate change and the devastation we are witnessing is clear, and there is a collective responsibility of the international community to stop this suicidal development.”
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Part of the Haitian coastline in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Photo: UNOCHA/Stefania Trassari
Two years ago this month, Tropical Storm Erika, dumped an enormous quantity of rain on the small island of Dominica in the Caribbean.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

This essay illuminates four reoccurring obstructions to transitioning the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) into grassroots praxis and offers empirical case studies to highlight these: community ownership of risk, youth involvement, bipartisan support for

Mr.  Adriel Brathwaite, Chairman of the CDEMA Council of Ministers (right), presents the award to Mr. Jeremy Collymore, former Executive Director, CDEMA (centre), alongside its current Executive Director, Mr. Ronald Jackson (left)
The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency is introducing a new awards scheme to recognise distinction in reducing disaster risk including the Jeremy Collymore Award for Research in Disaster Response and Disaster Risk Management.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean
Batalie bridge – one of the several bridges damaged or destroyed by Tropical Storm Erika
The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today extended her condolences to the people of the small island state of Dominica as they enter a second day of national mourning for the 31 people who have died and the 35 reported missing in the wake of a tropical storm which arrived with little or no warning.
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