CDEMA’S ANNUAL PRESS CONFERENCE — 2018 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON REGIONAL PREPAREDNESS
Written by Clive A. Murray on May 29, 2018
To be carried ‘live’ on CHIME ONLINE
10:00 AM TO 11:30 AM
June 1, 2018
The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season recorded the highest in terms of the number of major hurricanes since record keeping began in 1851. Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the two category five storms to batter the Caribbean in just a week, in September 2017, made obsolete traditional notions of preparedness based on the ordinary and the familiar.
The ferocity of those mega-storms brought devastation of catastrophic proportions to the impacted CDEMA participating states of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands (BVI), Dominica and the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). Those events were a timely reminder that the Caribbean needs a paradigm shift in their sub-regional and national approaches to development planning in a highly vulnerable context.
However, more frequent and intense tropical cyclones are only part of the problem. Ocean and hydro-meteorological events including changing precipitation patterns, droughts, soil salinization, land degradation, landslides, coastal erosion, storm surges and flooding as well as sea level rise are all processes for which effective adaptation strategies are urgently required. Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center say the Atlantic could see another near – or above-normal Hurricane Season this year.
Mr Jackson will provide an overview of the 2018 Hurricane Season Outlook and elaborate on what this means for the region in terms of operational readiness. He will also provide some insights on the Regional Coordination Support Model; give a brief overview of the Comprehensive After Action Review conducted on the 2017 Hurricane Season, highlighting key issues raised and lessons learnt in terms of preparedness and response. He will also share on the regional preparation activities undertaken by the CDEMA CU with participating states and an overview of the state of readiness of participating states.