The Preparedness and Response Division (PRD) of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), through its Regional Training Center (RTC), has launched a training workshop three-day Damage and Needs Assessment (DANA) orientation/training for the St. Vincent & The Grenadines National Emergency Management Organization (SVG NEMO) on February 15, 2022. The training aims to present an approach to conduct damage assessment in an efficient and timely manner to influence response and recovery actions in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Ms. Michelle Forbes, Director of NEMO SVG, in her opening remarks, thanked the more than sixty (60) participants of the virtual event (representing the DANA Sub-Committee: including Housing, Health, Utilities essentials and lifelines and agriculture, as well as other and private sector interests, non-governmental organizations and community groups) for their presence and indicated that “the national emergency management system of St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be in a much stronger position to provide critical assessments of human and sectoral needs in a post-hazard environment that would support more effective and efficient management of response resources at such critical times”.
The DANA Continuum, which is a tool allowing an impacted State to describe, as quickly and as objectively as possible thanks to various assessment tools, the impact of a serious hazard on its human population and its economic sectors, in to determine the best response approaches and additional resources needed for immediate and future needs, has been an important pillar of CDEMA’s 2014-2024 Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Strategy. Ms. Joanne Persad, Preparedness and Response Program Manager, CDEMA, indicated in her opening remarks the importance of all stages of the DANA continuum to support evidence-based decision-making, priority setting and establishing an updated list of needs.
Training participants will be oriented on using the resource tool at each stage of the disaster management cycle, as dictated by the type, scale and unique characteristics of particular hazard impacts.
At the end of the training, SVG NEMO will have DANA teams to deploy to the country (or to the region in support of the CDEMA system) to carry out any aspect of the DANA continuum once it becomes necessary.