Govt. explores possible joining of Caribbean Disaster Agency | THE DAILY HERALD

Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin and CDEMA Executive Director Ronald Jackson.

BARBADOS–A delegation headed by Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin held exploratory talks about the possibilities of joining the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) while in Barbados recently for the Understanding Risk Caribbean Conference.

Membership in the agency is “a great option” for St. Maarten as it continues to build on its network of regional partnerships, said Romeo-Marlin. “As St. Maarten forges ahead with its plans to become a smart, resilient nation, working together with our regional partners in a structural and strategic manner in mutually beneficial areas can only bring forth positive results,” she said in a press statement.

CDEMA is a regional inter-governmental agency for disaster management in the Caribbean Community CARICOM. The agency has the primary responsibility for the coordination of emergency response and relief efforts to participating states. It fully embraces the principles and practice of comprehensive disaster management (CDM).

CDEMA’s functions include mobilising and coordinating disaster relief; mitigating or eliminating, as far as practicable, the immediate consequences of disasters in participating states; and providing immediate and coordinated response by means of emergency disaster relief to any affected participating state.

Source: The Daily Herald