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HFA National Reports

National Report 2007: no reported

National Report 2006: no reported

National Report 2006: no reported

National Platform

No National Platform reported

HFA National Focal Point

Department of Emergency Management

(Institutional name change as of April 1, 2007. Previously - Central Emergency Relief Organization (CERO), Emergency Services)

Ministry of Home Affairs

Address: The Department of Emergency Management, #30 Warrens Industrial Park, Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados.

Phone:+(246) 438-7575 / 421-6736 / 421-8516; Fax:+(246) 421-8612 / 438-7575


Website: Central Emergency relief Organization (CERO)

Contact person: Ms. Judy Thomas, Director



Ministry of Home Affairs, Environment Division

Address: GPO Building Chapside, Bridgetown, Barbados

Tel: (+246) 228-8950 / Fax:(+246) 437-3794

Contact person: Minister Freundel Steward

Other contacts

Permanent Mission of Barbados to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva


His Excellency Mr. Trevor Clarke

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Permanent Representative

Address: Chemin Fran├žois-Lehmann 18a, 1218 Grand-Saconnex

Tel: +(41-22) 791-8500, Fax: +(41-22) 791-8509


UN System Coordination

UNDG: UNCT Barbados

UN Resident Coordinator

Ms. Rosina Wiltshire

Resident Coordinator / Resident Representative UNDP

Address: UN House - Marine Gardens, Hastings, P.O. Box 625C, Christ Church - Bridgetown

Tel: 001 (246) 467-6000, Fax: 001 (246) 429-2448



Inter-Agency Support

Ms. De-Jane Gibbons


UN Country Team

Ms. Rosina Wiltshire: Resident Coordinator, UNDP System

Ms. Barbara Graham: Representative, FAO

Mr. Philip Cross: Representative, ITU

Ms. Veta Brown: Caribbean Programme Coordinator, PAHO/WHO

Mr. Tom Olsen: Area Representative, UNICEF

Ms. Roberta Clarke: Regional Programme Director, UNIFEM

Mr. Kemal Kurspahic: Representative, Caribbean Regional Office, UNODCCP

Ms. Ana Teresa Romero: Director, ILO

Mr. Neil Pierre: Director, Subregional Office for the Caribbean, ECLAC

Mr. Kwame Boafo: Director, Office of the Caribbean, UNESCO

Mr. Harold Robinson: Representative, UNFPA

Ms. Angelica Hunt: Director, UNIC

Ms. Loretta Charlemagne: Regional Adviser, UPU

Ms. Karen Sealey: Director, Caribbean Regional Support Team, UNAIDS

Ms. De-Jane Gibbons: Coordination Support, UNDP System

Updated: 5 September, 2006; UNDG:UNCT Barbados

PAHO/WHO Barbados and Eastern Caribbean Countries

Dr. Gina Watson, PWR-ECC

Office of the Eastern Caribbean Coordination, Dayralls and Navy Garden Roads, Christ Church, Bridgetown, Barbados

P.O. Box 508, Bridgetown, Barbados

Phone: (+246) 426-3860/426-3865/427-9434 / Fax: (+246) 436-9779

E-mail: []

Website: []


Barbados Red Cross

Red Cross House, Jemmotts Lane, PO Box 300, Bridgetown, Barbados

Phone:(+246) 433-3889/436-6215, fax:(+246) 426-2052

E-mail: []

CDERA member

Ms Judy Thomas, Director

Central Emergency Relief Organization

Cnr. James and Lucas Streets

St. Michael, Barbados

Phone:(+246) 4387329


Country profile:

Name: Barbados

Capital: Bridgetown

Population: 279,254 (July 2005)

Area: 431 sq. Km

Population density: 648 inhab/ sq Km

Religion: Protestant 67%, Roman Catholic 4%, none 17%, other 12%

Lenguage: English

Ethnics group: Black 90%, white 4%, Asian and others 6%

Government: parliamentary democracy; independent sovereign state within the Commonwealth

Currency: Barbados dollar

Position in IDH: 30┬░

Barbados, the easternmost Caribbean island, is a small and relatively flat coral and limestone island. It is brushed by tropical storms, hurricanes and tropical depressions frequently. Most recently, hurricane Lili damaged over 300 houses in September 2002 and Ivan killed one person and damaged over 300 buildings in September 2004. The most devastating hurricane of the past century was Janet in 1955, which killed 35 people, destroyed more than 8000 homes and left around 20,000 people homeless.

Other natural hazards to threaten Barbados are flooding, landslides, drought and soil erosion. The active submarine volcano Kick 'em Jenny, located at 260 km southwest of the island, poses a threat of tsunamis.

The national body for multi-sectoral coordination is the Central Emergency Relief Organization (CERO). It is made up of a National Disaster Committee, an Emergency Operations Centre, Emergency Management Teams, government ministries and departments, NGOs, Sectoral Standing Committees and District Emergency Organisations. As the national coordinating institution, it is responsible for activating the national disaster plan.

The National Disaster Committee is responsible for risk analysis as well as prevention, preparedness and response plans. The country is divided into 30 political constituencies, each of which has a District Emergency Organisation. These are run by volunteers who provide education and training and develop plans for initial emergency response.

The establishment of the Barbados Emergency Management Agency (BEMA) is underway in 2005. It will become a legal authority as laid out in the Disaster Management Act.

The Caribbean Uniform Building Code is currently used as the national model. A specific national code is being designed and a Barbados Building Authority is being set up in order to monitor and enforce the code. Some hazard mapping has been conducted, yet updating remains a challenge. Vulnerability and capacity assessments have been done for shelters, police stations, fire stations and hospitals. As for early warning, the meteorology office serves as a weather systems monitor and flood gauges have been established in areas at risk.

The Barbados Government Information Service facilitates the public awareness programme on national disaster management. Other public awareness initiatives are being undertaken by mass media institutions as well as schools. Disaster education programs exist at primary and secondary level, regularly aided by presentations from disaster agencies. In community disaster programs, local folklore, storytelling, poetry, drama and traditional calypsos are being used to inform the local public. Also, disaster exercises are regularly undertaken, including the annual TRADEWINDS exercise and the biannual FA HUM exercises.

Source: ISDR/the Americas

Climate change

Barbados' First National Communication on Climate Change to the UNFCC (October 2001)


HFA P1 - Institutional and legal framework

HFA P2 - Risk identification and EWS:

HFA P3 - Knowledge and education:

HFA P4 - Risk applications:

HFA P5 - Preparedness and response:

Others Documents:

Status of Hazard Maps, Vulnerability Assessments and Digital Maps, Barbados Country Profile; CDERA, October 2003


Web Links:

PreventionWeb Barbados Data and Statistics

EM-DAT Barbados Country Profile-Natural Disaster

ReliefWeb Country and Emergencies Barbados

Government of Barbados

MDG Profile: Barbados

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