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- "Storm That Drowned A City" on NOVA
  • From: Kate Becker <kathryn_becker at wgbh.org>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2007 16:27:54 -0400
NOVA is excited to partner with organizations that share our passion for scientific 
discovery as we spread the word about upcoming shows. On August 28, we invite you to join 
us for a rebroadcast of "Storm That Drowned A City," a feature which covers 
issues in meteorology, emergency management, and conservation that we think will be of 
interest to your organization.

"Storm That Drowned A City" is NOVA's definitive investigation into the science 
of Hurricane Katrina, combining a penetrating analysis of what went wrong with a 
dramatic, minute-by-minute unfolding of events told through eyewitness testimony. What 
made this storm so deadly? Will powerful hurricanes like Katrina strike more often? How 
accurately did scientists predict its impact, and why did the levees protecting New 
Orleans fail?

This program focuses in depth on the factors that made New Orleans so 
vulnerable. Shrinking wetlands had steadily eroded the city's natural 
protective barrier against the fury of tropical storms. Ironically, the vast 
effort invested in diverting the Mississippi River and building defensive 
levees had only helped to accelerate the sinking of entire neighborhoods below 
sea level.

"Storm That Drowned A City" will air Tuesday, August 28 at 8:00 pm on most PBS 
stations. August is a pledge month, which means NOVA may be pre-empted by other 
programming in your area. To find out what's airing near you, check your local listings 
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- CDERA mounts Level Two Response to Hurricane Dean impact
  • From: <webmaster at cdera.org>
  • Date: 21 Aug 2007 22:35:26 -0000
CDERA has mounted a Level Two Response based on the preliminary damage 
assessment and needs analysis reports received from the impacted States of 
Dominica, Saint Lucia and Jamaica and Belize.


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- Significant damage reported in communities across Jamaica
  • From: <webmaster at cdera.org>
  • Date: 20 Aug 2007 16:14:49 -0000

Situation Report #5 Hurricane Dean, August 20, 2007, 11.00am EDT

Bridgetown, Barbados, August 20, 2007 (CDERA) - The Event: Hurricane Dean impacted the Lesser Antilles on Friday August 17, 2007 as a Category 2 Hurricane Saffir/Simpson Hurricane Scale and as a Category four during its passage across Jamaica on Sunday August 19.  As Dean moved past Jamaica maximum sustained winds were near 145 mph (230 km/hr).
 
Dean caused the deaths of two persons in Dominica and one in Saint Lucia. Generally the damage to the islands of the Lesser Antilles was minimal. Dominica and Saint Lucia reported wind damage to roofs, flooding and landslides in several areas.

Jamaica has reported severe wind damage, significant flooding and storm surges in several of the Southern Parishes

As of 11.00am today, Monday August 20 a Hurricane Warning is now in effect for all of Belize. The Government of Belize has extended the Hurricane Warning southward from Belize City to the border with Guatemala. A hurricane warning also remains in effect for the Cayman Islands


Hurricane Dean remains a Category 4 and at 11.00a.m was located near latitude 17.9 North and longitude 82.4 West or about  125miles (200km) southwest of Grand Cayman and about 385 miles 615 km east of Belize City. Maximum sustained winds near150 mph (240 km/hr) with higher gusts. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95km) from the centre and tropical storm winds extend outward  up to 205 miles (305km)

Prognosis: 
Dean is moving toward the west near 21 mph..33 km/hr..and a westward or west-northwestward motion is expected over the next 24 hours.  On this track the center of the hurricane is expected to
make landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula very early Tuesday morning.


THE SITUATION – JAMAICA

Initial damage assessment will commence as soon as the all clear is given.  Preliminary reports from the Jamaica Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management have indicated the following parishes to be severely affected.

• St.Thomas
• Portland
• St. Mary
• St. Catherine
• St. James
•  Kingston and St. Andrew
• Clarendon

Shelterees

5,169 persons are housed in 213 shelters across the island

Damage

Housing Stock
Extensive wind damage reported in several communities, including roof damage and collapsed structures,

Roads
Several roads are impassable due to flooding or fallen trees

Telecommunications
Cellular telephone lines are down in sections of Portland, St. Mary and Clarendon

Water
There have been reports of damage to water supply systems in some communities

Electricity
Reports of downed utility poles. Electricity was turned off ahead of impact as a precautionary
measure.


BELIZE

Preparations continue in Belize.  Another Cabinet Meeting is scheduled for today to discuss emergency preparations.

DOMINICA

Damage assessment is continuing.

Dominica National Disaster Office has reported the following:

The Cabinet is scheduled to meet today to determine if a disaster declaration is required based on the initial damage assessment reports.

Reports indicate extensive damage to the agriculture sector

Government of Venezuela has provided a relief package which includes:
500 blankets; 500 sheets; 3 large tents; water; 120 units of tarpaulin and medical supplies.


REGIONAL RESPONSE:

Reports from Jamaica will inform the level of regional response as arrangements in place for a worst case scenario may not be required.

The Regional Technical Support and other Teams remain on standby for deployment


Contact Details: The CDERA CU 24hr contact number is 246 425 0386


- Hurricane Dean begins to affect Jamaica,
  • From: <webmaster at cdera.org>
  • Date: 19 Aug 2007 20:21:53 -0000

Situation Report #3,  August 18 2007, 3.00 pm EDT

Bridgetown, Barbados, August 19, 2007, (CDERA) - The Event: Hurricane Dean began impacting the Caribbean islands early Friday August 17, 2007 as a Category 2 Hurricane Saffir/Simpson Hurricane Scale. During the passage of Dean through the islands of the Lesser Antilles maximum sustained winds were near 100 mph (169 km/hr) with higher gusts.

Minimal damage was reported by the islands. Three deaths were confirmed, one in Saint Lucia and two in Dominica.

Jamaica is currently experiencing the initial effects of the approach of Hurricane Dean a dangerous Category four Hurricane.

As of 2.00 pm today, Sunday August 19 Hurricane Dean was located near latitude 17.1 North and 76.0 longitude West or about 80 miles (125 km) East-Southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, with maximum sustained winds near 145 mph (230 km/hr) with higher gusts. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 60 mph (95 km/hr) from the centre and tropical storm winds extend outward  up to 205 miles (335km) A hurricane warning in effect for the Cayman Islands

Prognosis: 
A motion between west north west is expected over the next 24 hrs. On the forecast track the centre of Dean will pass near the south coast of Jamaica over the next six to twelve hours.

The Jamaica Meteorological Office predicts that storm surge flooding of 1.5 - 3 meters (7-9 feet) above normal tide levels along with large and dangerous battering waves. 5-10 inches of Rain  expected.

Status of the RRM:
The Regional Response Mechanism remains on Standby

The Situation - JAMAICA

Evacuation of vulnerable Areas
Shelters have been opened across the island

Assisted evacuation continued early Sunday morning in the areas of Portmore Bull Bay, St. Andrew, Nightingale Grove, Seaforth and Bath St. Thomas, and Port Royal.

Resource and needs lists  are being compiled

Roads
Roselle main road in St. Thomas currently inundated with water from Storm Surge

CAYMAN ISLANDS
The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has been activated

The media has been briefed of the situation

Shelters have been opened for special needs population and other shelters will be opened this afternoon

Most of the Tourists have left the island and arrangements are being made to providing shelter for those remaining

BELIZE
The National Emergency Management Organisation held its second meeting this morning to discuss the threat of Hurricane Dean. The Meeting was chaired by the Prime Minister.

Voluntary evacuation of the town of San Pedro Ambergris and the Cayes has begun.

DOMINICA
Damage assessment is continuing.

Both airports, seaport and ferry terminal are open and operational

150 Persons are still housed in shelters

SAINT LUCIA
Saint Lucia is open for business and 98% of power is back

Regional Response:
• The CDERA Coordinating Unit has been monitoring the progress of Hurricane Dean and together with its partners is finalizing contingency arrangements for a major Jamaica impact scenario.

• Emergency Communications checks with Jamaica were completed earlier today

• CDERA has been in contact with members of teams already positioned in Jamaica and these include USAID/OFDA, UN/OCHA, PAHO.

• Jamaica will activate its relief coordination plan today to facilitate entry of relief teams and supplies that may be necessary.

• Regional Technical Support Teams are on standby for deployment as soon as possible after the all clear has been issued if required.

• The CDERA Coordinating Unit continues to monitor the impact and threat of Hurricane Dean and stands ready to provide assistance if warranted.

Contact Details: The CDERA CU 24hr contact number is 246 425 0386

 


- Dangerous Category Four Hurricane heads towards Jamaica
  • From: <webmaster at cdera.org>
  • Date: 18 Aug 2007 21:02:24 -0000

Situation Report #3,  August 18 2007, 3.00 pm EDT

Bridgetown, Barbados, August 18, 2007 (CDERA) - The Event: Hurricane Dean began impacting the Caribbean islands early Friday August 17, 2007 as a Category 2 Hurricane Saffir/Simpson hurricane scale.  Hurricane warnings were posted for Saint Lucia and Dominica and Tropical Storm warnings for Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Grenada and its dependencies, Montserrat, St. Kitts/Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

During the passage of Dean through the islands of the Lesser Antilles maximum sustained winds were near 100 mph (169 km/hr) with higher gusts. Hurricane force winds extended outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the centre and Tropical force winds extended outward up to 140 miles (220 km). 

Minimal damage was reported by the islands. Three deaths were confirmed, one in Saint Lucia and two in Dominica. Damage assessment is now underway in Dominica and Saint Lucia which  also suffered roof loss, downed trees, land slides and storm surge impacts.

As of 1:45pm (Eastern Caribbean Time), on Friday, Hurricane Dean was upgraded to the first Major Hurricane of the 2007 season with maximum sustained winds of 125mph.

Prognosis: 
At 2.00 pm today, Saturday August 18, a hurricane warning is in effect for Jamaica. Dean an extremely dangerous Category Four Hurricane is located near latitude 15.9 North and longitude 69.4 West or about 505 miles (815 km) East-Southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, with maximum sustained winds near 150 mph ((240km/hr) with higher gusts. Dean is moving west northwest near 17 mph (28km/hr). On this track Dean is expected to impact  Jamaica on Sunday.

Status of the RRM:
The Regional Response Mechanism remains on Standby

The Situation - JAMAICA

National Disaster Committee Team which is chaired by the Prime Minister met on Friday August 17 to initiate actions in preparations for Hurricane Dean.

 The North Western Caribbean Donor Group also met yesterday.

The National Emergency Operations Centre, Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management is activated and Parish District Committees have met and commenced preparations.

Emergencies supplies and personnel are being prepositioned in vulnerable areas across the country.

Emergency Shelters have been identified and public information is being issued to residents.

Regional Response:
• CDERA has noted the potential threat and damage that can result from the impact of this major Category 4 Hurricane and with its Partners is finalizing actions for immediate response and support if warranted.

• The CDERA Coordinating Unit has contacted the Director General at ODPEM in Jamaica and is working to confirm regional technical and logistics support teams to assist in the response effort.

• Political support for these operations has been established

• Teams have been placed on standby for providing assistance to the utilities sector

• The Eastern Caribbean Donor Group is also prepositioning some members of their team in Jamaica to assist the North Western Caribbean Donor Group.

• Contact with extra regional agencies is being made to complement regional effort.

• The CDERA Coordinating Unit continues to monitor the impact and threat of Hurricane Dean and stands ready to provide assistance if warranted.

Contact Details: The CDERA CU 24hr contact number is 246 425 0386


- Fwd: Jamaica and the Cayman Islands Travel Warning
  • From: Gert van Dijken
  • Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2007 20:35:02 EDT
Forwarded to me by Karen Boyles.
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  • From: "CA, Travel Info" <Travelinfo at STATE.GOV>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2007 15:31:40 -0400

JAMAICA AND THE CAYMAN ISLANDS

August 17, 2007

This Travel Warning is being issued to urge U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of travel to Jamaica and the Cayman Islands at this time due to the threat posed by Hurricane Dean.  The Department of State has authorized the departure of non-emergency personnel and eligible family members of the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica. The storm is predicted to pass over Jamaica and the Cayman Islands on August 19.

The U.S. Embassy in Kingston will be available over the weekend for emergency American Citizens Services, but may be forced to suspend operations without notice.   U.S. citizens in areas likely to be impacted by Hurricane Dean who do not have access to adequate and safe shelter should consider departing until the storm has passed while commercial flights are still available.  Seating capacity on commercial flights is extremely limited.  Flights into and out of Kingston and Montego Bay international airports, and the Grand Cayman Airport may be suspended at any time.  If staying in Jamaica or the Cayman Islands, U.S. citizens are urged to locate shelter, monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions.  Visitors to Jamaica or the Cayman Islands should be familiar with their hotel or cruise ship evacuation plans, policies, or procedures.  Please see the Caribbean Public Announcement regarding hurricane season dated August 16, 2007, on the Department’s website at www.travel.state.gov.

U.S. citizens should carry their travel documents (i.e. U.S. Passport, Birth Certificate, picture ID’s, etc.) with them at all times or secure them by placing them in a safe, waterproof location. Additionally, all American citizens in the area are reminded to stay in contact with friends and family in the United States to keep them apprised of their current whereabouts.

Americans living or traveling in Jamaica or the Cayman Islands are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department’s travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov

Updated information on travel in Jamaica or the Cayman Islands may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States, or from overseas, 1-202-501-4444.  For further information please consult the Consular Information Sheets for Jamaica and the Cayman Islands available via the Internet at http://travel.state.gov or contact the U.S. Embassy in Kingston at (876) 702-6000, after hours (876) 702-6055. 

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- Hurricane Dean Situation Report #2 August 17, 2007, 3:00 pm (fwd)
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2007 18:07:52 -0400 (EDT)


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Date: 17 Aug 2007 21:56:52 -0000
Subject: Hurricane Dean Situation Report #2 August 17, 2007, 3:00 pm

       The Event: Hurricane Dean, a Category two hurricane on the Saffir/Simpson scale began 
affecting islands in the Lesser Antilles from the evening of Thursday August 16.   Hurricane 
warnings were issued on for Saint. Lucia and Dominica and Tropical Storm warnings for Anguilla, Antigua 
and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Grenada and its dependencies, Montserrat, St. Kitts/Nevis 
and  St. Vincent and the Grenadines. 
     During the passage of Dean early August 17, maximum sustained winds were 
near 100 mph (169 km/hr) with higher gusts. Stronger winds were likely over 
elevated terrain near the path of the centre. Hurricane force winds extended 
outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the centre and Tropical force winds 
extended outward up to 140 miles (220) km) and Dean was moving towards the west 
near 23mph (37km/hr).
     Tropical Storm warnings were discontinued for Barbados and St. Vincent and 
the Grenadines
     Initial reports from the national disaster offices of the impacted islands 
generally indicated minimal damage. The picture in Saint Lucia and Dominica is 
still emerging.
     The Prognosis: As of 1:45pm (Eastern Caribbean Time) Hurricane Dean was 
upgraded to the first Major Hurricane of the 2007 season with maximum sustained 
winds of 125mph. Dean is moving towards the west near 22mph (35km/hr) and this 
general motion is expected to continue with some decrease in forward speed 
during the next 24 hours. This motion should take the centre of Dean across the 
Caribbean Sea today and further away from the Lesser Antilles.
     PRELIMINARY REPORTS FROM THE NATIONAL DISASTER OFFICES:
     Note that the all clear has not yet been issued for Saint Lucia and 
Dominica and therefore full damage assessment has not been undertaken.
     BARBADOS
     Barbados continues to be affected by rain. The flood watch was upgraded to 
a Flood Warning and remains in effect until 6.00pm today
     SAINT LUCIA
     As of 3.00 pm Hurricane Dean is still affecting Saint Lucia and the all 
clear has not yet been issued
     Deaths:
     One death has been reported
     Shelters:
     &bull; Homeless persons are housed in two shelters that were opened on 
Thursday
     &bull; 22 persons are housed in a shelter that was opened in Dennery on 
Friday.
     Utilities:
     Power shut down as a precautionary measure has not been restored due to a 
number of power lines being down. Due to the power outage there is no water in 
the north of the island
     Damage: 
     &bull; Four corner shops have been washed out to sea
     &bull; Several reports received of Roofs blown off houses. The Paediatric 
Ward of the Hospital lost its roof
     &bull; Several trees have fallen
     &bull; Storm Surge damage has been reported in the areas of Gros Islet, 
Dennery and the Castries Waterfront.
     Roads
     The road to Vieux Fort has been blocked by fallen trees and utility poles. 
These are in the process of being cleared.
     DOMINICA
     As at 3.00pm Hurricane Dean continues to affect Dominica.
     Deaths
     2 persons lost their lives when their house was swept away in a landslide
     Shelters
     An estimated 1000 person are in approximately 100 shelters
     Utilities
     &bull; Power has been restored to the capital Roseau but the rest of the 
island is without electricity
     &bull; The Potable Water supply has been interrupted
     &bull; Telephone Service in some of the rural areas is not functioning
     Damage
     &bull; Island wide reports of roof damage received
     &bull; Approximately twelve reports of landslides reported including one 
that caused the death of two persons
     &bull; Roseau River flooded its banks and homes in the Bach Estate are 
threatened.
     Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have reported minimal damage.
     JAMAICA
     Jamaica continues to monitor the approach of Dean very closely. A meeting 
of the National Response Team chaired by the Prime Minister took place this 
morning and the North Western Donor Group met this afternoon.
     The National Emergency Operations Centre at the Office of Disaster 
Preparedness and Emergency Management is partially activated and issuing public 
information to residents. The Parish Disaster Coordinators have all been 
contacted and advised to maintain watch.
     Regional Response:
     The CDERA Coordinating Unit has contacted the Director General at ODPEM in 
Jamaica and is working to confirm regional technical support teams to assist 
the NEOC as necessary.
     A second meeting of the Eastern Caribbean Donor Group (ECDG) was convened 
this morning. Given the preliminary reports received from Dominica and Saint 
Lucia, it anticipates a Level One or Level two response. As a result the Rapid 
Needs Assessment Teams (RNAT) will not be deployed at this time.
     The ECDG also considered the emerging threat to Jamaica and looked at options 
of providing support to the North Western Donor Group (NWCDG).  .
     The Regional Response Mechanism remains on STANDBY.
     The Coordinating Unit continues to monitor the impact and threat of Hurricane 
Dean and stands ready to provide assistance if required. 
     Contact Details: The CDERA CU 24hr contact number is 246 425 0386


- Hurricane Dean - Situation Report # 1 (fwd)
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2007 13:02:08 -0400 (EDT)

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Date: 17 Aug 2007 16:04:43 -0000
From: webmaster at cdera.org
Subject: Hurricane Dean - Situation Report # 1

      Bridgetown, Barbados, August 17, 2007 (CDERA) - The Event - At 8:00 am EDT the 
center of Hurricane Dean, a Category 2 Hurricane was located near latitude 14.3 
north and longitude 60.9 west or in the Saint Lucia channel between Saint Lucia and 
Martinique. Maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph (169 km/hr) with higher gusts. 
Stronger  winds are likely over elevated terrain near the path of the centre. 
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the centre and 
Tropical force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220) km).
     Saint Lucia and Dominica continue to be under Hurricane warnings. Tropical 
Storm warning has been discontinued for Barbados and St. Vincent and the 
Grenadines, but is still in effect for Grenada and its dependencies, 
Montserrat, Anguilla, St. Kitts/Nevis, Barbuda and British Virgin Islands.
     The Prognosis: Hurricane Dean is moving towards the west near 23mph 
(37km/hr) and this general motion is expected to continue with some decrease in 
forward speed during the next 24 hours. This motion should take the centre of 
Dean away from the Lesser Antilles later today.

     PRELIMINARY REPORTS FROM THE NATIONAL DISASTER OFFICES:
     Note that the all clear has not yet been issued for Saint Lucia and 
Dominica and therefore full damage assessment has not been undertaken.
     _SAINT LUCIA:_
     As of 8.00 am St. Lucia was still experiencing heavy rain and strong winds
     Shelters:
     &bull; Three  hurricane shelters were opened. Two on Thursday  to house 
homeless persons and a third  on Friday to house 22 persons in Dennery.
     Uitilities:
     Island is without electricity . Power has been shut down as a 
precautionary measure during the passage of Dean.
     Damage: 
     &bull; Four corner shops have been washed out to sea
     &bull; Several reports received of Roofs blown off houses. The roof of the 
Paediatric Ward of the Hospital ost its roof
     &bull; Several trees have fallen
     Roads
     Road to Vieux Fort has been blocked by fallen trees and utility poles. 
These are in the process of being cleared.
     _DOMINICA
     _Dominica was continuing to experience the effects of Dean at 8.00 a.m and 
this is expected to continue for a few more hours. The western side of the 
island was experiencing very high swells.
     Damage:
     &bull; Trees blown down
     &bull; Reports of roofs being blown off.This does not appear to be 
extensive at this time
     Uitilities
     &bull; Power has been off since 3.00am
     &bull; Water was shut off as a precautionary measure
     Roads
     &bull; Some roads are impassable
     &bull; No reports of major landslides
     _BARBADOS_
     The all clear in Barbados has been given and no major damage has been 
reported
     _JAMAICA
     _Jamaica is scheduling meetings of its Advisory Council and Donor Partners 
later today.
     _Regional Response:_
     The Regional Response Mechanism remains on STANDBY.
     Arrangements are in place for initial assessment and deployment of the 
Rapid Needs Assessment Teams (RNAT) if required.
      
     The Eastern Caribbean Donor Group (ECDG) is scheduled to meet at 11.00 
a.m. today. Some RNAT members in Dominica and Saint Lucia will be available to 
support damage assessment.
     The Coordinating Unit continues to monitor the impact and threat of Hurricane 
Dean and stands ready to provide assistance if required. 
     _Contact Details:_ The CDERA CU 24hr contact number is 246 425 0386



- Hurricane Dean Advisory #3 warnings in effect for islands of the Lesser Antilles
  • From: <webmaster at cdera.org>
  • Date: 16 Aug 2007 16:37:27 -0000

Hurricane warnings are in effect for Dominica and Saint Lucia and tropical storm warnings for Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts/Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines as Hurricane Dean, a Category 1 Hurricane, approaches the Lesser Antilles.

At 11.00 am EDT the center of Hurricane Dean, a Category 1 Hurricane was located near latitude 13.7 north and longitude 54.3 west or about 350 miles (730 km) east of Barbados.

Hurricane Dean is moving towards the west near 23mph (37km/hr) and this motion is expected to continue today. This motion should bring the centre of Dean near the Lesser Antilles early Friday. Maximum sustained winds are near 90 mph (150km/hr) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours. An Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft will investigate Dean this afternoon.

National Response to threat:

Dominica, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines held pre-impact meetings yesterday and similar meetings are being held today in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada and, Saint Lucia, The National Emergency Operations Centres are partially activated in Dominica and Saint Vincent.

Regional Response:

In response to the threat posed by Hurricane Dean, the CDERA  Coordinating Unit has continued to maintain contact with the National disaster Offices. The CDERA Coordinating Unit is urging States to ensure that all national preparedness and readiness actions are rushed to completion.

The CDERA Coordinating Unit has activated its contingency plan

The Regional Response Mechanism remains on STANDBY. Standby means that all elements of the RRM should take the necessary preparatory actions in accordance with their respective plans to ensure that a speedy and efficient response may be mounted if a full activation is declared.

The Eastern Caribbean Donor Group (ECDG) Pre-strike meeting commenced at 10:30 a.m today Thursday 16 August, 2007 at the UN House in Barbados.

The Coordinating Unit will continue to monitor the situation with Hurricane Dean as it approaches the Caribbean and provide advisories as necessary.

Hurricane Warning
Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

Tropical Storm Warning
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the warning area within the next 24 hours. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

Contact Details: The CDERA CU 24hr contact number is 246 425 0386


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