Enhancing the Effectiveness of ICT Applications and Tools for Disaster Management in the Caribbean

Between August and November 2005, nine hurricanes ravaged the Caribbean, killing at least 2 000 people and incurring an estimated US $60 billion in damages. Haiti was the worst affected. The International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) noted that countries like Cuba, Dominican Republic and Jamaica suffered fewer casualties because of better knowledge about disaster management and the use of ICTs for early warning. The role of these tools in disaster management was initiated at the regional level in the Pan Caribbean Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Project (PCDPPP) during the 1980s with the provision of inter alia high frequency (HF) radios to strengthen telecommunications links between its 16 member states in the event of hazard impact. Since then, a plethora of ICT options have appeared, including geographic information systems (GIS) for hazard mapping and modeling, use of web-based data sources to facilitate research on disaster management and searchable databases for hazard information.

This project will identify and test innovative information and communication technology (ICT) applications that could enhance the effectiveness of disaster management in the Caribbean, including early warning systems and collection of information after the event. Activities will consist of an Outcome Mapping and Monitoring training session for the project team; project implementation and research in three island states (St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados); and evaluation.

The ultimate aim is to complete a set of policy recommendations in the form of a strategic paper with a view to enhancing regional strategies to respond to natural hazards using ICTs.

Project ID

103827

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Sunday, July 1, 2007

End Date

Friday, October 16, 2009

Duration

24 months

IDRC Officer

Smith, Matthew

Total funding

CA$ 420,000

Countries

North and Central America, South America, West Indies, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago

Program

Networked Economies

Project Leader

Elizabeth Riley

Institution

Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency

Institution Country

Barbados

Institution Website

http://www.cdera.org