Carl Herbert, National Disaster Coordinator
Welcome. Irrespective of your reason, we are indeed pleased that you have taken the time to visit our website and our hope is that the experience will be informative and will exceed your expectation(s). St. Kitts-Nevis is geographically located in the Caribbean, the second most vulnerable region of the world to natural hazards, including earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, volcanic eruptions, drought, tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes. The negative impacts of climate change are also emerging and ongoing challenges that confront us. As our small island developing states have immense financial constraints, it is imperative that residents and visitors alike do all within their power to mitigate/reduce the likely impact of hazards, when prevention is not possible. We cannot prevent some hazard impacts but we can be prepared.
In the face of such realities, our disaster management work is being undertaken with a Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) approach, developed and promoted by CARICOM’s disaster management institution, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in Barbados, of which St. Kitts-Nevis is a participating/member state. This approach/strategy addresses all hazards, in all sectors, across the Disaster Management Cycle i.e. mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery and rehabilitation. The content of this website is rooted in CDM, although annually, our country faces possible threats by meteorological hazards. Disaster management is not the Government’s and NEMA’s responsibility alone, but everybody’s business and concern, as disasters do not pick or choose their victims. It is my hope and prayer that having visited this website, you would have been inspired to either become a volunteer in disaster management to use your time, knowledge and skills, be inspired to pursue a career in disaster management or encourage an individual(s) to become involved in this noble cause. Let us work together to take residents and visitors “From Danger to Safety.”