NaDMA REMEMBERS HURRICANE IVAN
Written by Oslyn Crosby on September 7, 2017
As we continue to realize the devastation left in the wake of Category 5 Hurricane Irma, The National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) remembers this significant day in our history when our tri-island state was severely impacted by Hurricane Ivan.
Thirteen (13) years ago today, 39 lives were lost and significant damage and losses were sustained across all sectors including agriculture, forestry, fisheries, tourism and housing. The total damage and losses sustained were estimated to be approximately $2 billion (XCD) which exceeded twice the gross domestic product.
With the support of its resilient people, the Diaspora as well as regional and international governments and donor agencies, Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique was able to recover from this catastrophic disaster.
As we observe the significance of today, we remain grateful for the tremendous support that led to the restoration of our country and extend our thoughts and prayers to our Caribbean neighbors affected by Hurricane Irma.
The horrific images of the devastation caused by Category 5 Hurricane Irma are sure to invoke the memory of the pain and suffering that Grenadians endured as a result of Hurricane Ivan thirteen years ago. The additional threat of Hurricane Jose on the already impacted islands also reminds us of the passage of Hurricane Emily one year later.
NaDMA is working closely with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to provide support and assistance to the countries affected.
NaDMA remains committed to our mandate which is to ensure that adequate preparedness, response and mitigation measures are in place in the event of a disaster. The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season is very active and we encourage everyone to be vigilant and be prepared for all hazards. This includes, having an evacuation plan, knowing the location of your closet shelter as well as having adequate access to information.