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Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)
Year Established: 1991
Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) works in the following areas:CARICOM Institutions
The motto of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency encapsulates the nature and work of this disaster management organisation which serves the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
Located in St George, Barbados; this regional inter-governmental agency was established in September 1991 by an Agreement of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM to be responsible for disaster management.
CDERA's main function is to make an immediate and coordinated response to any disastrous event affecting any Participating State, once the state requests such assistance. CDERA has since transformed to CDEMA
Other functions include:
* Securing, collating and channeling to interested governmental and non-governmental organizations, comprehensive and reliable information on disasters? affecting the region;
* Mitigating or eliminating as far as possible, the consequences of disasters affecting Participating States.
Establishing and maintaining on a sustainable basis, adequate disaster response capabilities among Participating States; and,
* Mobilizing and coordinating disaster relief from governmental and non-governmental organizations for affected Participating States.
There are presently sixteen Participating States within CDERA’s membership.