26 - 28 March, 2019
Hilton Barbados Resort, Bridgetown, Barbados

HA/DR Focus Day - 26 March

HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE / DISASTER RELIEF DAY
26 March 2019
 
This first day of activities is dedicated to Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) coordination and operations. The day is split into two parts which includes morning site visits followed by an afternoon of presentations which will put those into a wider content. This day is both an invaluable scene-setter and ice-breaker providing the opportunity to visit facilities and meet colleagues and peers in an experiential learning environment.
 
Sites visited during the morning:
·         Visit to the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) including a visit to the multi-national coordination cell located in the Barbados (MNCCC). This facility acts as a coordination hub during incidents and was recently ‘tested’ during Hurricane Isaac.
·         Visit to theIntegrated Coastal Surveillance System (ICSS) located at the District ‘A’ Police Station. This facility monitors Barbados’ maritime space and acts as a joint coordination centre for maritime operations.
·         Visit to the Regional Security System (RSS) located at the Grantley Adams International Airport. The RSS operates two C-26 aircrafts recently refurbished with US and Canadian funding to deliver hi-tech surveillance capabilities. The C-26 also take part in the region’s humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
 

7:30 am - 8:00 am GATHER IN THE HOTEL LOBBY

8:00 am - 8:15 am COACHES DEPART HILTON FOR ICSS

8:15 am - 9:30 am COACHES ARRIVE AT ICSS - VISIT ICSS

Integrated Coastal Surveillance System (ICSS) provides a coastal surveillance radar system that monitors the entire coastline of Barbados, and contributes to the safety and security of coastal areas.

9:30 am - 9:45 am COACHES DEPART ICSS FOR CDEMA

9:45 am - 10:45 am COACHES ARRIVE AT CDEMA - VISIT CDEMA AND THE MNCCC

CDEMA is an inter-regional supportive network of independent emergency units throughout the Caribbean region. Formed on September 1, 2005 as the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) it underwent a name change to CDEMA in September 2009.

10:45 am - 11:15 am COACHES DEPART CDEMA FOR AIRPORT

11:15 am - 12:30 pm COACHES ARRIVE AT AIRPORT - VISIT AIRCRAFT OF THE RSS

RSS operations consist of maritime, air, and land activities. Each component plays a crucial role in the success of all RSS operations. Additionally each component is dependent on one another for mission success. All three have different capabilities but as a team they provide the RSS with unmatched capability on land, sea, and air.

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm COACHES RETURN TO HOTEL

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

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Commander Mark Peterson

Commander, Barbados Coast Guard
Conference Chairman

          Overview of the work of CDEMA and the multi-national coordination cell located in the Barbados (MNCCC)
          Lessons learnt from Hurricane Isaac in order to improve future coordination, communication and information-sharing
          Role of international partners and NGOs in future incidents
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Joanne Persad

Manager
Preparedness and Response Unit, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm LOW COST SMA (SPECIAL MISSION AIRCRAFT) SOLUTIONS FOR THE CARICOM REGION



3:15 pm - 3:45 pm UK GLOBAL RESPONSE TO CRISIS AND LESSONS FOR THE CARIBBEAN

Brigadier John Ridge - Chief of Joint Force Operations, UK Joint Force Headquarters
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Brigadier John Ridge

Chief of Joint Force Operations
UK Joint Force Headquarters

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm AFTERNOON TEA & NETWORKING

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm REGIONAL SECURITY SYSTEM: CONVERGENCE OF SECURITY AND DISASTER RELIEF

Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Forde - Director of Operations and Plans, Regional Security System
          Overview of the RSS Mission to ensure the stability and well-being of Member States through mutual cooperation, in order to maximize regional security in preserving the social and economic development of our people
          The RSS was created out of a need for a collective response to security threats, which were impacting on the stability of the region in the late 70’s and 80’s.
          In October, 1982 four members of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) (Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines) signed a MOU with Barbados to provide for mutual assistance on request.
          This gave rise to the birth of the RSS. St. Kitts and Nevis became a signatory in February, 1984 and Grenada in January, 1985.
          The Treaty establishing the RSS was signed at St. George’s, Grenada on 5 March 1996 replacing the MOU. The System has the status of an international organisation and enjoys legal personality
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Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Forde

Director of Operations and Plans
Regional Security System

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm MULTI-AGENCY RISK REDUCTION & RESPONSE TO CRISIS, DISASTER & CRITICAL SECURITY EVENTS

Hannah Pathak - Deputy CEO, Rescue Global
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Hannah Pathak

Deputy CEO
Rescue Global

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Lieutenant General Rocky Meade

Chief of Defence Staff
Jamaican Defence Force

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Brigadier General Peter Jan de Vin

Commander
Netherlands Forces in the Caribbean

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Brigadier John Ridge

Chief of Joint Force Operations
UK Joint Force Headquarters

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Captain (N) Errington Shurland

Executive Director
Regional Security System Headquarters

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Major Michael Jones

Executive Director (Ag)
CARICOM IMPACS

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Hannah Pathak

Deputy CEO
Rescue Global

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Air Marshal (retd.) Sir Christopher Harper

Former Director General
NATO International Military Staff

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Commander Mark Peterson

Commander, Barbados Coast Guard
Conference Chairman

6:15 pm - 7:45 pm ICE-BREAKING COCKTAIL RECEPTION