NATIONAL OFFICE OF DISASTER SERVICES

NEWS AND SPECIALS

Back to National Office of Disaster Services

UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (UNDP) MEETING REPORT
Wednesday 15th June 2011


Antigua and Barbuda and other Caricom member states are being brought up to date with changes made at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to enhance the process to access emergency support.
 
Permanent Secretary (AG) in the Ministry of Social Transformation Worthene George and Director of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) Philmore Mullin attended a one-day meeting Thursday in Barbados which addressed the issue.
 
According to Mullin, there is a process established under a cluster system where like agencies are grouped to ensure greater effect and to reduce duplication. There is also a system for on-the-ground coordination of humanitarian assistance in impacted countries based on request.
 
Meanwhile, NODS has been assessing the status of the various sub-committees established under the National Disaster Plan to deal with critical areas. These include Public Information and Education, emergency operations and search and rescue, public utilities and transportation, emergency supplies distribution and health/welfare emergency shelter management to name a few.
 
Some of the recommendations coming out of the meetings are for continued review and update of public awareness programmes, providing the necessary support to district disaster coordinators to enable them to function effectively and improving communication among key agencies.
 
NODS is encouraging members of the public to be part of the disaster management process by becoming volunteers. Individuals can be trained in areas such as first aid, shelter management, damage assessment, relief management etc.
In related news, NODS welcomes its Acting Deputy Director Sherrod James, who previously held the position of Educator.
 
James, who started working at NODS since 2004, expects his new responsibility to be extremely challenging based on a number of longstanding issues to be addressed in disaster management along with new ones bearing in mind that resources are scarce.
Director of NODS Philmore Mullin says the new appointment, which is long in coming will make quite a difference in the operations of the department.
 
There are still some critical posts to be filled like Preparedness and Response Coordinator, Programme Officer and Database Specialist.


Click here for all News and Specials for National Office of Disaster Services

 
connect with antiguanice.com
FacebookTwitterYoutubeNewsletterRSS

contact
NAME: Philmore Mullin
TEL: +1 (268) 462-4206
US TEL: +1 (268) 562-2144/460-7075
FAX: +1 (268) 462-4742
EMAIL: nodsanu@gmail.com
ADDRESS: American Road St. John's
FIND US ON: Facebook
LOCATION: 6 View Map

news and specials

LIST OF SHELTERS FOR HURRICANE SEASON 2016

Friday 17th June 2016
The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be the most active since 2012. Media houses have b...
Read More

PREPARE FOR HURRICANE SEASON

Wednesday 25th May 2016
It's close to the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season and residents are being advised to begin finalizing...
Read More

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA TO BENEFIT FROM JAPAN

Friday 19th February 2016
Antigua and Barbuda and Japan have signed an agreement that will result in the country’s disaster ma...
Read More

PDNA TRAINING

Friday 16th October 2015
Approximately 25 individuals from across the government sector have concluded a four-day training on...
Read More

SECOND CERT TRAINING

Tuesday 29th September 2015
21-individuals from five disaster districts added to the team of persons completing the Community Em...
Read More

All News Stories and Specials