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NEMA Conducts an After-Action Review of Hurricane Joaquin’s Impact

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in collaboration with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) conducted an After-Action Review (AAR) of Hurricane Joaquin’s impact on The Bahamas at NEMA’s headquarters, Gladstone Road, January 15, 2016.

Hurricane Joaquin hit The Bahamas during the month of October 2015 affecting Crooked Island, Acklins, Long Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador.

The After Action Review (AAR) was conducted with the purpose of improving preparedness and response following the impact of a hazard, by examining the actions taken before, during and after the impact (in this case) Hurricane Joaquin on The Bahamas, which resulted in damage to infrastructure and homes from severe flooding, storm surge and hurricane-force winds.

Objectives of the After Action Review (ARR) were to:
• Examine the operations, coordination and communications of the National Disaster Management System (NDMS).
• Identify needed improvements in the NDMS.
• Identify operational equipment, training and staff needs.
• Identify what happened.
• Identify what went well and why.
• Identify what went wrong and why.
• Identify what areas need improvement.
• Provide recommendations.

Stakeholders participating in the review were Administrators from the islands impacted by Hurricane Joaquin and representatives from the Disaster Management Committee, composed of representatives from relevant Government Ministries and Departments and from the private sector.
Lieutenant Commander

Written by Jones Bahamas

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