Abdias Samuel


NATIONAL DISASTER COORDINATOR (NDC)

The NDC is the head of the agency and provides overall management of the staff, daily office functions and emergency operations in the event of a threat, hazard impact or national emergency or disaster. He is the lead technical officer for disaster management for the Government of St. Kitts-Nevis, also the regional and international focal point for multi hazards in the Federation. He is the official point of contact for entities such as the UWI Seismic Research Centre (UWISRC), Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Caribbean Tsunami Warning Programme (CTWP) and the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). Areas of responsibility include recommending policy initiatives, implementation of the National Disaster Plan, member of the CDEMA Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), oversight of the local disaster management programme of activities, provide advice to government and other entities, coordinates emergency operations, represent the agency and St. Kitts-Nevis at local, regional and international forums. The NDC reports to the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of National Security Secretariat.