CARPHA Responds to Hurricanes Irma and Maria


CARPHA Ready to Assist Dominica following the passage of Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria, the second major storm to hit the Caribbean this month made landfall on Dominica earlier this week. Maria a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane with sustained 155-mph winds pounded the island, causing widespread devastation to homes and infrastructure. CARPHA has already deployed staff who has joined CDEMA and will carry out a rapid needs assessment in Dominica.

CARPHA’s team will add its expertise to the water, sanitation and hygiene component of the evaluation. This includes assessing Dominica’s health facilities and water infrastructure.

CARPHA expresses deep concern and sympathy for the countries affected by Hurricane Maria. We urge Caribbean residents and visitors in the projected path of the storm to take continued precautions as it makes its way through the northern part of the Caribbean. 

CDEMA: Aerial Footage of Dominica Post-Hurricane Maria

The Regional Security System (RSS) conducted an aerial reconnaissance today September 19, 2017 using one of its C26 aircraft of Dominica following the passage of Hurricane Maria


CARPHA Deploys Staff to Assist Hurricane-Devastated British Virgin Islands

On Sunday, September 10, 2017, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), as part of the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) which is spearheaded by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency Coordinating Unit (CDEMA-CU), deployed a member of staff to assist the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in the post-Hurricane Irma Response. 
Irma, a category 5 hurricane with winds up to 185 mph affected Anguilla, Barbuda, BVI, Haiti, Turks and Caicos and other islands earlier this month. Residents were forced to flee their homes, lives were lost, and infrastructure damaged. Communication and transportation systems went down in many instances, due to the damage to roads, power sources, air and sea ports, and communication structures.  Read more

CARPHA Gears Up to Lend Support to Member States

7 September 2017.  Hurricane Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded over Atlantic Ocean, pounded parts of the Caribbean with its Category 5 winds and heavy rains. Packing 185 mile-per-hour winds, Irma has left a trail of destruction in many CARPHA Member States in the north.

CARPHA has activated its Disaster Management Plans and is providing updates to Member States.  The Agency urges Member States to continue to issue public advisories to inform the public on adherence to response measures communicated through the formal communication lines.  Read more


Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)
The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is a regional inter-governmental agency for disaster management in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

The Agency was established in 1991 as CDERA (Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency) with primary responsibility for the coordination of emergency response and relief efforts to Participating States that require such assistance. It transitioned to CDEMA in 2009 to fully embrace the principles and practice of Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM).

(CDM) is an integrated and proactive approach to disaster management and seeks to reduce the risk and loss associated with natural and technological hazards and the effects of climate change to enhance regional sustainable development.

Hurricane Maria

Maria, the 13th named hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, became a category 5 hurricane near the Leeward Islands on Monday September 18th, 2017. Hurricane Maria impacted Dominica at approximately 9:35pm on September 18th as an extremely strong hurricane with wind speeds of 155 mph. Maria then impacted Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat and St. Kitts and Nevis on September 19th, 2017 and the Virgin Islands September 19 – 20, 2017

Situation Report No.4
Situation Report No.3
Situation Report No.2
Situation Report No.1

Hurricane Irma

Irma, the 9th named hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, became a category 5 hurricane in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday September 5, 2017. With maximum sustained winds near 185 mph, Irma a powerful Category 5 Hurricane impacted the CDEMA Participating States of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis and Montserrat over Tuesday night into Wednesday evening, September 6, 2017. Irma continued its destructive path and impacted Turks and Caicos Islands and the northern border of Haiti. On Friday September 7, 2017, the southeastern Islands of the Bahamas were impacted. A combination of strong winds, storm surge, intense rainfall from Hurricane Irma, resulted in the loss of lives, significant damage to homes and critical infrastructure throughout the impacted islands. The National Emergency Operations Centres (NEOCs) in the CDEMA Participating States, although severely impacted, provided an overview of the situation. The information shared is based on data gathered to date.

Situation Report No.9
Situation Report No.8
Situation Report No.7
Situation Report No.6

More reports and information can be found at

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)

Situation Report - Hurricane Irma and Maria

Report No.8

Situation Reports - Hurricane Irma

Report No.7
Report No.6
Report No.5
Report No.4

More reports and information can be found at

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