The Caribbean is the second most hazard prone region in the world. Hurricanes, earthquakes or floodings disrupt livelihoods and directly affect social and economic advancement, which makes it more difficult for countries in the region to expand sustainable development.

 

Preparing local people for a disaster

Focusing on the local people is key for the disaster preparedness programmes. Local people will have to react immediately in an emergency to save their own lives and others. They are familiar with their villages, their infrastructure and their environment. Nobody knows the local risks better than themselves.

 

Diminish losses through training

By training local volunteers and the general public in disaster prone areas, St John can ensure that more people know what to do to keep people alive and to secure their property and livestock.

The one day long workshops include basic awareness of different types of disaster, how to identify and reduce risk from hazards, reducing vulnerability of people and property, making an emergency evacuation plan, basic emergency first aid skills and effective early warning systems.

 

Vulnerable Group

We will also ensure disaster preparedness reaches the most vulnerable, with practical support for women and children in countries such as Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia or Trinidad and Tobago.

 

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The positive impact on the people who’ve been trained is overwhelming. We need to continue because it is necessary for saving lives.

Glenn Wilson, Disaster Preparedness Trainer, St John Saint Lucia