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
2:15 pm - 2:20 pm CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKSCommander Mark Peterson - Commander, Barbados Coast Guard, Conference Chairman
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm CDEMA: CARIBBEAN DISASTER EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCYJoanne Persad - Manager, Preparedness and Response Unit, 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
Preparedness and Response Unit, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm UK GLOBAL RESPONSE TO CRISIS AND LESSONS FOR THE CARIBBEANBrigadier 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 RELIEFLieutenant 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
Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey FordeDirector of Operations and Plans
Regional Security System
5:15 pm - 6:15 pm THEMATIC PANEL DISCUSSION NATIONAL PLANNING AND CROSS SECTOR RESPONSE TO DISASTER RELIEF A discussion on the respective roles of government, militaries, the NGO community, the private sector, and academia in disaster risk reduction and response, and how cross sector collaboration can be more effective.Air Marshal (retd.) Sir Christopher Harper - Former Director General NATO International Military Staff
Lieutenant General Rocky Meade - Chief of Defence Staff, Jamaican Defence Force
Brigadier General Peter Jan de Vin - Commander, Netherlands Forces in the Caribbean
Brigadier John Ridge - Chief of Joint Force Operations, UK Joint Force Headquarters
Captain (N) Errington Shurland - Executive Director, Regional Security System Headquarters
Major Michael Jones - Executive Director (Ag), CARICOM IMPACS
Hannah Pathak - Deputy CEO, Rescue Global
Lieutenant General Rocky MeadeChief of Defence Staff
Jamaican Defence Force
Brigadier General Peter Jan de VinCommander
Netherlands Forces in the Caribbean
Captain (N) Errington ShurlandExecutive Director
Regional Security System Headquarters
Major Michael JonesExecutive Director (Ag)
Air Marshal (retd.) Sir Christopher HarperFormer Director General
NATO International Military Staff