The Department of Disaster Management through the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) participated in a regional telecommunications exercise among the 18 Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency's (CDEMA) Participating States and the CDEMA Regional Coordination Centre on Friday 1st September 2017.
The exercise was designed to provide the platform to advance the region's telecommunications arrangements. It was conducted to test telecommunication procedures for both normal and emergency, social media, plans and networks across the region.
There were three phases. During Phase 1 normal communication modes were to be used such as telephone and email. Phase 2 looked at emergency communication that would usually occur during the first 24 hours after impact using modes such as high frequency radios and satellite phone. Phase 3 placed a special emphasis on the use of social media and other types of communication.
The Deputy Director indicated that the exercise was valuable as it afforded the opportunity to communicate with CDEMA and other regional National Disaster Offices as well as test all the communication facilities available at the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC).