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CDEMA: Region not ready enough

HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON, [email protected]

CDEMA: Region not ready enough

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DESPITE TWO STORMS already having been recorded for the Atlantic hurricane season, the executive director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is not satisfied with the overall level of preparedness of the region.

Ronald Jackson was speaking to the WEEKEND NATION after his organisation hosted a media conference at the Caribbean Media Corporation’s Harbour Road studios, which was transmitted live across the Caribbean yesterday.

He said the majority of CDEMA’s 18 member states were only averaging 50 per cent in their preparations for a season which has predictions of ten to 16 named storms, four to eight hurricanes, and one to four major events. So far there have been two named storms – Alex in January and Bonnie currently.

“If I were to look at it on a scale of one to ten, from what I have seen, we’re still hovering around 50 to 60 per cent. There is still a lot to be done,” he said.

Please read the full story in today’s Weekend Nation, or in the eNATION edition.