Aruba is hosting the Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management and Financial Resilience Workshop for Overseas Countries and territories in the Caribbean

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ORANJESTAD - Aruba is hosting the Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management and Financial Resilience Workshop for Overseas Countries and territories in the Caribbean, organized by the World Bank and the European Union.

This workshop will address the financial preparedness of islands for potential natural disasters.

Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management, and Financial Resilience Workshop for Overseas Countries and territories in the Caribbean’.The inauguration ceremony on November 1, 2022 was attended by the Prime Minister of Aruba, Mrs. Evelyn Wever-Croes, Minister Geofrey Wever of Economic Affairs and Sustainable Development, Members of Parliament, Mr. Federico Baechi, Mrs. Mary Boyer and Mr. David Sislen of the World Bank, Mr. Isaac Anthony and Mrs. Elizabeth Emanuel of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF SPC) and Mrs. Layla El Khadraoui, delegation member of the European Union in Guyana, representatives of RESEMBID regional program and representatives of the Caribbean OCT.

In her opening speech, the Prime Minister stated how important it is for Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) to work together and share their experiences in the Caribbean in events of regional crises and natural disasters. It is also essential to be financially resilient to recover after a disaster as quickly as possible. So far, Aruba has been blessed and has not suffered any large natural disasters. Nonetheless, we must be aware of the risks of potential natural disasters on an island, businesses, the community, and the environment. The Caribbean is among the highest regions for natural disasters like hurricanes. Aruba also has a social responsibility with the other Caribbean islands frequently hit by natural disasters.

Insurance in cases of calamities

Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management, and Financial Resilience Workshop for Overseas Countries and territories in the Caribbean’.Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management, and Financial Resilience Workshop for Overseas Countries and territories in the Caribbean’.One of the workshop participants specializes in insurance and will address the possibilities of countries to obtain insurance that covers any calamity. In this case, the insurance provides funds, within two weeks, to the affected country. Recently, Nicaragua and two other countries obtained these funds within two weeks and were able to start rebuilding their country. Most islands depending on tourism do not have the financial capacity to cope with natural disasters.

These workshops help countries to be well-prepared for these kinds of scenarios.

Efforts of the CMO

The delegation of Aruba will also be present at this workshop to learn more and be better prepared. The Crisis Management Office (CMO) is responsible for preparing the community for disasters. It includes keeping everybody safe and connecting the information to the principal aspects of business management to remain operational during crises or disasters.

Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management, and Financial Resilience Workshop for Overseas Countries and territories in the Caribbean’.Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management, and Financial Resilience Workshop for Overseas Countries and territories in the Caribbean’.Organizations that are prepared and trained for unexpected interruptions have shown to be the ones that recover their operations more quickly. For this, the CMO has created an

“Aruba Incident Management System”, according to international recommendations and practices. This system provides standard structures to organizations concerning the processes and terminologies used at the different emergency “emergency response” levels n Aruba. The “Aruba Incident Management System” addresses the need for coordination in the event of a response to any type of incident by organizations in Aruba and international partners. The system integrates effective practices and includes emergency preparations and how to respond in case of any incident.

Additionally, the Aruba Incident Management System will make it possible for those in charge of the ‘response’ to work effectively together at all levels to manage domestic incidents, notwithstanding the cause, size, or complexity level. The CMO is making sure that all professionals in Aruba are well prepared. The only aspect missing is the financial means to not be dependable on others before being able to respond in case of a calamity.

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