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CDEMA & CEPREDENAC - Joint action to save lives and build up resilience






2020 was a year like no other. With 30 named storms – the most ever recorded – there was the need to use the Greek alphabet in naming tropical storms for only the second time in history. The season included 13 hurricanes, among which six were major hurricanes, causing significant damages in many countries in the Atlantic Basin, Caribbean Sea, Central America, South America, and North America.

There were five landfalling hurricanes in the Caribbean, including Eta and Iota. They devastated parts of eight countries, from Colombia to Belize, over a period of about two weeks. There were also 12 landfalling storms in the continental United States.

For 2021, the Pacific prediction is 12-18 tropical storms, leading to 5-10 hurricanes, of which 2-5 will be major. In the Atlantic, predictions are for 13-20 named storms, of which 6-10 will form into hurricanes, leading to 3-5 major hurricanes.

Within that context, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the Coordination Center for Disasters Prevention in Central America and Dominican Republic (CEPREDENAC) remarked that joint action is crucial, and that building up resilience should remain the guide and goal when responding to the needs of those exposed to major vulnerability.

Actions must be based on evidence of preparation and mitigation, under the principle of anticipation, where the surgency, sustainability and resilience persist, they explained.

According to these organisms, it is crucial to partner with actors such as the International Federation, the United Nations System, USAID, OTAM, and promoting the Scientific Technical Network and Global Actors, which seek to provide the warning information that allows the appropriate action of the systems of risk management to save lives.

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