Early Warning System Shows Great Success in the Caribbean


Multi-hazard early warning systems are playing an integral role in the preservation of lives across the globe, in the event of an impending hazard. For example, when a tropical cyclone is expected to impact Belize, through its early warning system the National Meteorological Service of Belize can make predictions about the storm’s projected path, its land fall and the strength of the system, among other things.

In Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, there are early warning systems in place to inform residents about volcanic activities. Early warning provides information on potential impacts so that the vulnerable can take early action. Elizabeth Riley, the Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, was part of a press conference held in Uruguay on the Early Warning Systems For All Initiative under the UNDRR. Here is what she had to say about the initiatives benefits to the Caribbean.