Friday, 26th October, 2018-Antigua and Barbuda has acquired a Multi-Hazard Early Warning System and officials are working out the logistics towards its full implementation.
Stakeholders met today to begin the discussion on adopting certain protocols, including warning levels and who will be responsible for issuing alerts among other intricate details.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), CDEMA, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the European Union Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection are collaborating with the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) on the project.
Minister of Social Transformation, Human Resource Development, Gender and Youth Affairs the Hon. Samantha Marshall said previous donors’ position on early warning systems had differed from Antigua and Barbuda’s priorities, in that they were willing to fund community early warning systems.
Minister Marshall cautioned that careful consideration should be given in ensuring the system once operational, does not become a public information provider.
In the interim, NODS and the Meteorological Office will issue alerts through the app.
Director of the National Office of Disaster Services, Philmore Mullin says when compared to other systems, the new one will be far reaching.
Before the new system is activated, the NODS director stressed there adequate training will be necessary.