The Caribbean Risk Management Initiative (CRMI)
This project was a regional one which was implemented by the UNDP Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. The CRMI assisted Jamaica in establishing a Risk Reduction Management Centre for the parish of St Catherine.
The CRMI took disaster management specialists from five Caribbean countries - including Jamaica - to Cuba, to learn about Cuban best practices in disaster risk reduction, and prepare them to set up Risk Reduction Management Centres based on Cuban models. It was a successful example of South-South collaboration and knowledge sharing in the area of disaster risk reduction and management.
Jamaica's experience and the experience of other countries under the project is described in this publication.
Jamaica’s Office Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and the St Catherine Parish Council, supported by UNDP established the country’s first Risk Reduction Management Centre
Two early warning points were established in Old Harbour Bay and Linstead in the parish of St Catherine
Community members were trained in radio telecoms handling to ensure effective use of the VHF portable radios purchased for the two communities and the base radio for the parish council
Hazard assessments and asset mapping were completed and contributed to the launch of the first parish-based Disaster Risk Information Platform in Jamaica