Hurricane preparedness continues

With the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season approaching its halfway mark, personnel of the Caribbean Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) have been stepping up their preparation with drills at the Barbados headquarters of the Regional Security System.

There was a hive of activity at the Paragon, Christ Church location Thursday as 32 people drawn from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and Barbados’ Department of Emergency Management (DEM) erected tents, set up telecommunications equipment and familiarized themselves with the kits and equipment.

Participants in the training session erect an antenna on the RSS grounds.
Participants in the training session erect an antenna on the RSS grounds.

It was part of the five-day training session the CDEMA hosts annually for the CDRU, which comprises policemen, firemen and soldiers drawn from CDEMA’s 18 participating states. CDEMA Operations Specialist, Retired Brigadier General Earl Arthurs explained that military and paramilitary personnel were used in the training because they had specific skills and were able to work in adverse conditions.

He told Barbados TODAY that exercises the participants were involved in included erecting tents within 20 minutes, sending messages to each other, and carrying out patrols.

Officer in charge of the “port” Inspector Paul Lynch explains what his duties are in a crisis.
Officer in charge of the “port” Inspector Paul Lynch explains what his duties are in a crisis.

Arthurs explained that one site simulated the CDRU at the airport and another faced the sea, simulating the Bridgetown Port.

Officer in charge of the “port area”, Paul Lynch, pointed out that in a disaster the biggest challenge would be coordination since all 18 of CDEMA’s member states would be involved.

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