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CDERA. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency. Managing Disaster with Preparedness. National Consultation on Shelter Management St. Kitts & Nevis March 20 – 21, 2001. Presented by: Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency – (CDERA). Managing Disasters with Preparedness.

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CDERA

The Caribbean Disaster

Emergency Response Agency

Managing Disaster with Preparedness

National Consultation on Shelter

Management

St. Kitts & Nevis

March 20 – 21, 2001

Presented by:

Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency – (CDERA)

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Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Assessment of the Shelter Programme

in Saint Kitts and Nevis

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Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Terms of Reference

  • Assessment of Shelter
  • Initiatives in St.Kitts and Nevis
  • Discussions with national and local entities to determine status
  • Visit sample of designated shelters
  • Review documents e.g National
  • Disaster plan, Legislation other docs
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Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Outputs of Assessment

  • Information on current status
  • Shelter management issues
  • Recommendations for development and implementation of programme
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Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Methodology

  • Survey instrument designed
  • Visit to St Kitts and Nevis
  • Application of questionnaire and discussions with personnel involved in programme
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Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Findings

  • Shelter Body exists as a creature of NEMA
  • Shelter Body includes:
    • - Gov’t Bodies, PWD, Community and Social Development, Lands & Housing
    • - NGO – e.g Red Cross Salvation Army, Churches, Civic Groups
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Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Findings (cont’d)

  • Responsibility of Organisation
  • Shelters and their location
  • Shelter Managers
  • Long and short term plans
  • Training
  • Administrative issues
  • Security
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Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Findings (cont’d)

  • Sample of Shelters Visited
  • ST. KITTS
  • Stone Fort Estate
  • Industrial Park Day Care Centre
  • NEVIS
  • Netball Complex
  • Community Centre Bath
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Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Findings (cont’d)

  • Types of Facilities used as Shelters
  • Churches / Church Halls/Basements
  • Community Centres
  • Private buildings
  • Schools
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Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Findings (con’t)

Shelter Capacity

Accommodation for 15 – 20

persons on average

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Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Findings (cont’d)

  • Amenities in Shelter
  • Most lacked emergency lighting
  • Water
  • Some have kitchen and sleeping facilities
  • All had toilets
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Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Findings (cont’d)

  • Maintenance and Selection
  • NEMA
  • Assessment by shelter inspection team
  • Approval for use
  • All had toilets
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Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Findings (cont’d)

  • Maintenance and Selection
  • Maintenance PWD for public buildings
  • Private shelters maintained by owner
  • Uncertainty re private shelter maintenance
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Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Findings (cont’d)

  • Provisioning of Shelters
  • NEMA 72 hours after activation
  • Special assistance to elderly with special
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Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Findings (cont’d)

  • Training
  • Training done by OFDA and CDERA
  • First Aid done by Red Cross
  • Training provided for Volunteers of Civic groups, government bodies, private sector
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Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Findings (cont’d)

  • Policy and Administrative Framework
  • National Disaster Plan
  • Legislation
  • No written Policy
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Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Findings (cont’d)

  • Lessons Learnt
  • Buildings were designated shelters in the Alert phase
  • Trained shelter mangers were unavailable during Hurricanes Georges and Lenny
  • Shelter occupancy ranged from days to months
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Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Findings (cont’d)

  • Lessons Learnt cont’d
  • Public awareness and education programme vital to the programme
  • Community personnel must have knowledge of issues
  • Politicians must be sensitized about the programme
  • Basic supplies must be provided for all shelters
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Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Recommendations

  • Shelter retrofitting programme
  • MOU development with collaborators
  • Development and approval of shelter policy and programme
  • Formalise arrangements re shelter management personnel
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Managing Disasters with Preparedness

Recommendations

  • 5. Extending of groups involved in Shelter selection team
  • Regular meetings of Shelter committee
  • 7. Development of Shelter manual
  • 8. Regular simulation exercises for shelter management