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Regional Intervention Platform of Americas and Caribbean 13 December 2018

Preparedness for disaster risk in Grenada

Preparedness for disaster risk in Grenada


The French Red Cross (FRC) made its first appearance in Grenada following the passage of Hurricane Ivan, which ravaged the country in 2004.
The implementation of a project for rehabilitating and repairing houses and to prepare for disasters led to three years of close collaboration with the Grenada Red Cross.

After a break of a few years, the FRC is once again present in the country due to a new project for preparing the risk of disasters. This was launched in January 2010, within the framework of the program, DIPECHO 7 of the European Commission.
By training Community Disaster Response Teams (CDRT), pre-positioning stock and equipment in communities, and by creating micro-projects aimed at reducing risks, this project, entitled,« Readiness: let’s spice it up ! », has the primary objective of building capacity in 8 communities to deal with disasters which constitute natural or man-made threats.

The French Red Cross is also active in the country with projects of the Regional Intervention Platform for the Americas and the Caribbean (PIRAC):

- Within the framework of the project, Preparedness for Response, which seeks to reduce the impact of natural disasters on the Caribbean by developing, in cooperation with the relevant government agencies, regional operational preparations of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement as it concerns: disaster response planning, training of volunteers, and simulation exercises.

- This was also the case through « the Shelter Kit Training project» which has allowed for the training of volunteers with the Grenada Red Cross in the use of the IFRC shelter kit and in the putting up of temporary shelters in preparation for the emergency response phase.

« The Shelter Kit Training project» was implemented in 2009 with the objective of reinforcing the capacities of three National Societies (Dominica, Grenada, and Jamaica) by training volunteers at the community and national levels.

Disseminated during the preparation phase, this Shelter Kit Training allowed National Societies to train approximately 100 volunteers in the techniques for putting up temporary shelters and in the best methods for securing the tarpaulins. Following this project, in 2010, a CD of the Shelter Kit Training was created. It contains all the documents and presentations used in the facilitation of the training.

To access this training, click on the link: link to the CD « Shelter Kit Training.»