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

1:55 pm - 2:00 pm CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS

Lieutenant Commander Mark Peterson - Commander, Barbados Coast Guard
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Lieutenant Commander Mark Peterson

Commander
Barbados Coast Guard

8:00 am - 8:30 am CDEMA: CARIBBEAN DISASTER EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

Mr Ronald Hugh Jackson - Executive Director, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)
          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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Mr Ronald Hugh Jackson

Executive Director
Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm THE ROLE OF THE ARMED FORCES DURING THE 2016 ECUADORIAN EARTHQUAKE

Capt. (Naval Res.) Jaime Roberto Dávalos - Advisor to the Ministry of National Defense, Ecuadorian MoND
          Ecuadorean Armed Forces deployed 10,000 Soldiers in response to a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in 2016
          Assisting victims in the worst effected provinces, providing humanitarian aid and medical services
          Air Assets deployed including C-295M and Cessna aircraft to transport troops to the port cities of Manta and Guayaquil as well as Boeing 727 to fly Troops in humanitarian missions to the cities of Latacunga, Jumandy, and Esmeraldas, and two Bell 206 helicopters to bring much-needed medical supplies to the cities of Manta and Pedernales
          Coordination of international assistance from Peru and Colombia as well as delegation that also came from Mexico, as well as Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, El Salvador, France, Spain, Venezuela and Russia
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Capt. (Naval Res.) Jaime Roberto Dávalos

Advisor to the Ministry of National Defense
Ecuadorian MoND

3:00 pm - 3:30 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

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm REGIONAL SECURITY SYSTEM: CONVERGENCE OF SECURITY AND DISASTER RELIEF

Captain (N) Errington Shurland - Executive Director, Regional Security System Headquarters
          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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Captain (N) Errington Shurland

Executive Director
Regional Security System Headquarters

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm AFTERNOON TEA & NETWORKING

4:30 pm - 5:00 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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Mr Ronald Hugh Jackson

Executive Director
Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)

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Major 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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Michael Jones

Executive Director (Ag)
CARICOM IMPACS

6:00 pm - 6:05 pm CHAIRMAN’S SUMMARY REMARKS

Lieutenant Commander Mark Peterson - Commander, Barbados Coast Guard
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Lieutenant Commander Mark Peterson

Commander
Barbados Coast Guard

6:15 pm - 6:45 pm FREE TIME AND OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE

6:45 pm - 8:15 pm ICE-BREAKING COCKTAIL RECEPTION