Hurricanes/Natural Disasters

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April 8, 2011 - We continue to foresee well above-average activity for the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season. Our seasonal forecast has been reduced slightly from early December, since there is a little uncertainty about ENSO and the maintenance of anomalously warm tropical Atlantic SST conditions. We continue to anticipate an above-average probability of United States and Caribbean major hurricane landfall.

30 March 2011 – The first full-scale test of the tsunami warning system in the Caribbean has highlighted the need to reinforce preparations as well as improve communication, evacuation plans and the role of the private sector, the United Nations said.

17 March 2011 – Thirty-three countries will participate next week in the Caribbean region’s first full-scale tsunami warning exercise as part of United Nations-backed efforts to test and strengthen the region’s defences against such disasters.

1. The Red Cross has  launched a campaign on Causes to raise at least $25,000 for relief efforts. By logging in to Facebook, you can donate anywhere from $10 to $500 to help Tsunami victims and their families.
2. The American Red Cross has launched a texting campaign to raise money for relief efforts in the Pacific region. Last year, the Red Cross was able to raise over $20 million for Haiti relief through simple text donations.

If you would like to donate to the American Red Cross for Japan Earthquake Relief, just text REDCROSS to 90999. Each text will provide $10 towards the Red Cross’s humanitarian efforts.

Dec. 2, 2010 -- According to NOAA the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, which ended Tuesday, was one of the busiest on record.

26 November 2010 – Going forward with elections in Haiti this Sunday is not expected to increase the spread of cholera, a top official at the regional arm of the United Nations health agency has said, while adding that cases of the epidemic have now been confirmed in all 10 of the country’s departments, or administrative regions.

Grand Cayman -- Nov. 21, 2010 – On Nov. 17, the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) completed insurance payments to the Governments of Barbados, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines following the passage of Tropical Cyclone Tomas which passed close to these islands on 30 and 31 October, 2010.

Nov. 11, 2010 -- The 2010 hurricane season had activity at well above-average levels. Our seasonal predictions were quite successful. The United States was very fortunate to have not experienced any landfalling hurricanes this year.

Castries -- Nov. 10, 2010 -- The Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has announced an EC$5 million aid package to Saint Lucia in the wake of the passage of Hurricane Tomas. This announcement was made by Ambassador, His Excellency Tom Chou, during a weekend meeting with Prime Minister Stephenson King

OECS, Castries -  Nov. 8, 2010 -- The Heads of Government of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) met in emergency session on Friday 5th November via video conference to receive reports from the two Member States that had been impacted by the passage of Hurricane Tomas.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Nov 6 AFP - Hurricane Tomas lashed Haiti with fierce winds and rain on Friday, leaving six people dead and closing the main airport. But it appeared to have spared the hundreds of thousands who rode out the storm in flimsy tent camps.

Castries -- Nov. 4, 2010 -- The rebuilding process has began across very District in Saint Lucia following the devastation of Hurricane Tomas

Nov. 3, 2010 -- A special edition of the STAR is now available online with first hand information about the effect and aftermath of Hurricane Tomas on the island of St Lucia. Information on the loss of life and devastation Tomas left behind, the effect on tourism and agriculture, the communications network, the recovery efforts, the way forward and a special article by Rick Wayne about the resurgence of the Saint Lucian spirit!

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