Risk assessment and early warning systems (HFA 2)
Through the EU funding Regional Risk Reduction Inititiave (R3I) alerting systems have been put in place in four (4) countries: Sint. Marteen, Montserrat, Aruba, and Anguilla. The system includes forecasts, alerting systems, coordination of response and communication to the public. The system is based on the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) which is set up as a network capable of activating multiple alerting tools (sirens, email, SMS, radio broadcast, etc) in each country and from each country. These countries can issue timely alerts within a few seconds, even in case of tsunami.
The following activities have also occured through the R3I project:
- Modelling of coastal and inland flood hazards completed for two countries and structural vulnerability assessment completed in six countries
- Storm surge and tsunami models developed in BVI and Sint Maarten
Through the Government of Italy funding Enhancing Resilience to Reduce Vulnerability in the Caribbean (ERC) Project, a network of real-time decision support centers for early warning systems (Dewetra Platform) has been created. This platform acts as a real-time information system for risk forecasting, environmental monitoring and disaster risk reduction. Numerous training sections in the use of the platform have been undertaken