The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) joins the rest of the World in Celebrating International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction which was celebrated on October 13.
This year the International Day will focus on Target G of the Sendai Framework: “Substantially increase the availability
of and access to multi-hazard early warning systems and disaster risk information and assessments to people by 2030.” To commemorate the celebration, the National Emergency Management Organisation
(NEMO) launched a week of activities focusing on strengthening the Early Warning Systems at the national and community level.
The activities commenced with St. Vincent and the Grenadines participation in the ‘Early warning and early action for all -Focus in the Caribbean region’ Webinar hosted by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean. During this Webinar, Director of the National Emergency Management Organisation, Michelle Forbes presented a Case Study on the Multi Hazard Early Warning Systems in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for 2020 -2021
- This presentation provided an opportunity to showcase St. Vincent and the Grenadines as a case
study of the management of multi-hazards during the period 2020-2021 when St. Vincent and the
Grenadines was impacted by the COVID -19 Pandemic, Volcanic Eruption, Floods and Hurricane Elsa. It
was also an opportunity to understand the different mechanisms at the global and regional level that are
being offered to advance Multi Hazard Early Warning Systems and Early Actions in the region.
The activities will continue with a national test of the Emergency Communication Network at 6:00 p.m.
today. The National Emergency Management Organisation Emergency Telecommunication Operators in
the various communities throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines and other stakeholders will participate
in this activity.
On Friday 14th October, 2022, the National Emergency Management Organisation will hand over Portable
Handheld DMR Radios to the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Red Cross Society and conduct an
Emergency Communication Training with its members. This training will take place at 9:00 a.m. at the
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Red Cross Society’s Headquarters.
On Monday 17th October, 2022, the National Emergency Management Organisation in collaboration with
the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Services (SVGMET) will conduct a national test of
the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) System which allows Vincentians to receive standardized, accurate,
up to date alerts from the alerting authorities such as NEMO and the SVGMET Services.
The activities to mark International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction will come to an end on Wednesday
19th October, 2022, with an Emergency Telecommunication Training for members of staff of NEMO
and other stakeholders.