Organization: World Bank

Session Lead: Melanie Kappes, World Bank

Time: 9:00-12:30

Summary: A storm is coming – 48h out… 36h out… 24h out… 12h out… landfall. How will you avoid this becoming a disaster, despite limited information and time? In this session you will have a chance to explore in different roles how to coordinate and communicate with other relevant stakeholders, and quickly decide on actions to protect lives and livelihoods.

Subsequently we will identify and discuss strengths and weaknesses as well as key opportunities of the regional end-to-end early warning system in the Caribbean.

Let’s collect ideas on how we can foster collaboration and communication between all involved actors including the regional organizations, national meteorological and hydrological services, national disaster management organizations, gender bureaus, planning offices, communities and many more; and let’s determine the weakest links in the system to work towards a more resilient Caribbean.

These inputs will directly inform the development of a regional hydromet and early warning systems strategy which is underway under the CREWS Caribbean project – we are looking forward to your input.