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Caribbean regional security, health and disaster agencies face comprehensive readiness test
By Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)
Jan 11, 2017 - 11:20:17 AM

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Members of the 4 regional agencies and representatives from National Disaster Offices getting ready for the exercise (from left to right: Philmore Mullin (NDC, Antigua & Barbuda); Lorraine Francis (CARPHA), Mandela Christian (CDEMA), Nadine Bushell (CARICOM IMPACS), Claricia Stephens (NDC, St. Kitts & Nevis), Captain Brian Roberts (RSS), BG General (R) Earl Arthurs (CDEMA) and Joanne Persad (CDEMA).

BRIDGETOWN - Security, public health and disaster management personnel from across the Caribbean will be put to the test as they participate in a training exercise aimed at improving regional responses during an emergency situation.

The exercise, Synergy 2017, will present emergency scenarios that could occur in the Caribbean region. The exercise will take place from January 11 to 12 at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) based in Barbados.

The exercise is designed to assess and evaluate preparedness and require the participants to work together to provide public health, disaster and security responses; as well as aid in the revision of existing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for use in real-world responses. The emergencies described are simulations only.

Synergy 2017 is the result of a series of detailed planning conferences involving personnel from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS) and the Regional Security System (RSS).

It is sponsored by the Global Crisis Response Support Programme of the European Union.

Synergy 2017 is a historic emergency coordination exercise with participants from regional institutions based in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. The responses are co-ordinated through a Virtual Crisis Room, made up of personnel from the four agencies collaborating in a virtual environment.

The overall goal of the exercise, defined by senior public safety personnel is “to continue to enhance the coordination and collaboration arrangements among CDEMA, CARPHA, CARICOM IMPACS and RSS noting the increasing capacities of Caribbean regional institutions will allow for a coordinated regional response to complex emergencies.”


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