Wednesday 15 July, 2020

OECS and CDEMA partner to host disaster shelter management webinar

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The OECS Environmental Sustainability Cluster and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) have joined forces to host a webinar that’ll explore shelter management.

Emergency shelters provide vital spaces for impacted, vulnerable or unhoused members of the community before, or post a hazard event. The management of disaster shelters is evolving as managers and practitioners integrate learning and upgrades from research, experience and technology.    

Both entities agree that existing shelters particularly those in small and more remote communities were not designed as shelters, thus presenting functional and operational challenges and constraints.

“The current COVID-19 pandemic also presents an additional layer of issues, constraints and protocols for consideration and adaptation for relevant authorities, agencies and communities.”

The webinar themed Shelter Management, Best Practices and Tools for Preparedness will focus on the intricacies and challenges of developing and coordinating effective emergency shelter management programmes.

Among the major objectives to be explored are: 

  • Identifying key policy recommendations and protocols for undertaking sheltering including in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak;
  • Sharing experiences on implementing successful Shelter Management Programmes and addressing potential challenges; 
  • Highlighting best practices (tools and tips) that may assist with the enhancement or the expansion of OECS Member States’ Shelter Management Programmes and the involvement of communities in this process; and
  • Providing an orientation to guidelines for sheltering during the 2020 hurricane season. 

The speakers will provide insights on shelter management during the 2020 hurricane season while recognizing the multi-hazard environment.

The webinar is scheduled to begin at 10 am on July 14.

Interested persons are asked to visit the OECS website to register.

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