St. Kitts and Nevis


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HFA National Reports

National Report 2007: 2007 National Report on the Implementation of the HFA (2007) - Saint Kitts and Nevis

National Report 2006: Unreported

National Report 2005: Unreported

National Platform:


HFA National Focal Point:

National Emergency Management Agency

PO Box 186, Basseterre, St Kitts



Contact Person:

Carl Herbert, National Disaster Coordinator,

Alternative contact:

Mr. Perry Peets, Deputy National Disaster Coordinator


Other National Focal Point:

National Emergency Office NDMO. Premier's Ministry, Nevis Island Administration

PO Box 280, Main Street, Charlestown, Nevis

Phone:+1-869-469-1423, Fax:+1-869-469-5407

Contact Person:

Lester Blackett, Director - e-mail:

Other contacts:

CDERA Member:

Mr. Carl Herbert, National Disaster Coordinator (Actg). National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)

Address: Old Telephone Building, Central Street, Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis

Phone: (869) 466-5100 / 6892, fax: (869) 466-5310; e-mail:

Country profile:

Name: Saint Kitts and Nevis

Capital: Basseterre

Independence Day: 19 September 1983 (from UK)

Population: 39,349 (July 2007 est.)

Area: 261 sq. km. (Saint Kitts 168 sq km; Nevis 93 sq km)

Density: 149 Inhab/ sq Km

Religions: Anglican, other Protestant, Roman Catholic

Language: English

Ethnics Group: predominantly Black; some British, Portuguese, and Lebanese

Goverment: Constitutional monarchy with Westminster-style parliament

Currency: East Caribbean Dollar

IDH Positión  : 49°

Climate: Tropical, tempered by constant sea breezes; little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season (May to November)

The twin island state of Saint Kitts and Nevis is susceptible to hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, wind, and storm surge coastal erosion.

The period 1995 to 1999 has been particularly challenging with Hurricanes Luis and Marilyn in 1995, Hurricane Georges in 1998, severe flash flood in 1998 and Hurricanes Jose and Lenny in 1999.

These events have caused serious social and economic disruption.

The National Disaster Mitigation Council was established in 1998/1999 and consists of representatives from the public and private sectors as well as non-governmental and church organizations. The council is chaired by the Hon. Deputy Prime Minister, who reports directly to the Cabinet. The National Emergency Management Agency's Office was established in 1995. A Disaster Management Act (#5/1998) provides the legal framework for emergency management. The current National Disaster Plan was revised in 1999 and provides for the engagement of both public and private, governmental and non-governmental organizations. Community mobilization is organized through district committees. The development of contingency plans at the community level has been ongoing for several years.

In response to the serious damage from Hurricane Georges, a Post Georges Disaster Mitigation Project was undertaken in 2000/2001. Funded by USAID and in part implemented by the OAS Unit for Sustainable Development and Environment, this project resulted in the production of a Natural Hazard Mitigation Policy and Plan, several hazard maps and a shelter manual.

The existing building code addresses seismic risk and was revised in 2000. Enforcement of this code, however, remains a challenge, largely due to a limited number of inspectors.

Public service announcements and media campaigns are used to heighten public awareness on disaster related issues and a number of public education initiatives are taking place. Each year, a major campaign involving street banners, billboards, flyers, announcements and interactive discussions aims at preparing the residents of both islands for the hurricane season.


(2005.) (Source: Matrix Final - based on national progress report for the Global Platform):

HFA P1 - Institutional and legal framework:

National disaster mitigation plan and policy document (2001)

Development control and planning act in 2000

Multistakeholder workshop for mainstreaming DRR into development took place in Saint Kitts

HFA P2 - Risk identification and EWS:

Early warning for meteorological events

Seismic Research Unit (SRU)

HFA P3 - Knowledge and education:

Training on shelter management, damage assessment and needs analysis, hazardous materials, mass casualty management and land search and rescue

Public education and awareness via radio, television, print and exhibition

Hazards brochures

Disaster management documentation center

HFA P4 - Risk applications:


HFA P5 - Preparedness and response:


Others Documents:



Web Links:


Vulnerability Assessment Maps, 2001

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