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Contact: Rose Marie Harris

Monday, August 11, 2003 - Two members of the Oil Spill Committee of the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) recently returned home after attending hands on training in ‘Incident Command Systems’ (ICS) hosted by CDERA and the US Army Southern Command.

ICS is a standardised response management system which has an “all hazard – all risk” approach to managing crisis response operations as well as non crisis events and is used by the Oil Spill Committee in Saint Lucia.

One of the local participants and Chairman of the Oil Spill Committee, Dermot Saltibus explains that participants were exposed to the latest technology as it pertains to a disaster emergency event using computer software.

“It’s really an internet-based software which allows a disaster manager in real time to be in a position to interact with each other and also with other local agencies where they could receive information on the disaster as it happens in real time,” Saltibus said.

The system which was designed by emergency managers also includes enhanced Geographical Information System (GIS) mapping so that emergency managers can zoom in on affected areas. Another component will see real time satellite and weather information being imported into the programme which can be used for forecasting and modelling of storm surges as a hurricane approaches a member state or track volcanic ash plumes based on wind direction and speed.

The two day seminar was co-hosted by CDERA with the continued support of the United States Southern Command Humanitarian Assistance Programme (SOUTHCOM) and in collaboration with the software company E-Team.

The other local representative was Officer Lambert Charles, On Scene Commander of the Saint Lucia Fire Service.

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