The project aims to:

  • Improve awareness and resilience of households and the wider community through increased knowledge and training in disaster related issues, leading to behaviour change;
  • Strengthen the public preparedness and response mechanisms through the support of local Disaster Committees, emergency shelters and satellite-warehouses;
  • Create a household-centred disaster preparedness model which can be expanded and adopted in other Caribbean countries.

The Disaster Preparedness Project will directly impact on the lives of people living in the project communities.

37.000 local people will benefit from the re-established and active Disaster Committees, from better community contingency plans, as well as from improved management and equipment in emergency shelters and satellite warehouses.

7,000 members of communities across St Lucia, who will undergo the training course in disaster preparedness practices, will learn how to better protect themselves, their friends and neighbours. Behaviour change towards preparedness measures will make a long term difference.

A small-scale pilot project, conducted by St John St Lucia in 2014, shows the positive impact household centred training has on general disaster preparedness:

The training that I received from St John was worthwhile because it can be applicable in any situation, even at home. I learned how to take care of a casualty in times of a disaster or emergency, and limit further harm to him or her. The training is the whole reason why I have that level of confidence and now can provide much needed assistance to my fellow St Lucians." Jean-Claude, St Lucia.

Learn more about our Household Disaster Preparedness in the Caribbean