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The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)[1] is an inter-regional supportive network of independent emergency units throughout the Caribbean region. Formed on September 1, 2005 as the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) it had under-went a name change to CDEMA in September 2009.

The participating member states and agencies of the CDEMA include:

Country Organisation
 Anguilla Unknown / Only a coordinator
 Antigua and Barbuda National Office of Disaster Services (NODS)
 Barbados Central Emergency Relief Organisation (CERO)
 Bahamas Disaster Management Unit
 Belize National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO)
 British Virgin Islands Department of Disaster Management
 Dominica Office of Disaster Management (ODM)
 Grenada National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA)
 Guyana Civil Defense Commission
 Jamaica Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM)
 Montserrat Disaster Management Coordination Agency
 Saint Kitts and Nevis National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)
 Saint Lucia National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO)
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO)
 Trinidad and Tobago National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)

Activities

In recent years the role of the CDEMA has been mostly to provide assistance to member territories after the passage of particularly fierce hurricanes. Such roll out of CDEMA personnel was witnessed for Grenada and Jamaica in early September, 2004 after the passage of Hurricane Ivan.

During the mid 1990s, the sudden eruption by the Soufriere Hills volcano in Montserrat also caused the CDEMA to spring into action, to provide additional support to the people on the island. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDEMA) also regularly monitors the Soufriere Hills volcano, in addition to the active undersea volcano named Kick-'em-Jenny to the north of Grenada.

In situations of emergency where a military force might be needed, members of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States and Barbados may likely turn to the Eastern Caribbean Regional Security System [1] for assistance, while then possibly using the CDEMA as a backup support agency to the RSS.

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