The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Coordinating Unit in collaboration with the University of the West Indies (UWI) hosted the first Caribbean Community Risk Information Tool (CCRIT) Regional Training Workshop on November 23-24 2022 at the UWI St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago.

Thirty-four (34) participants representing seventeen (17) CDEMA Participating States were exposed to the Tool, including how to collect hazard incident data, create a hazard incident database, conduct geospatial data analysis, rank vulnerable communities, and using community-based data to establish relative priorities for dealing with identified hazards and vulnerabilities specific to the needs of the community.

The training workshop was funded by the Government of Norway via the Support to the Advancement of Comprehensive Disaster Management in the CDEMA Participating States Project.

The CCRIT is a tool that allows decision-makers to undertake risk profiling and, by extension, objectively select communities for interventions in order to increase resilience.

The creation of the CCRIT was driven by the need for evidence-based information for decision-making. The tool assigns a Risk Score to a community based on the measurement of the community’s Hazard Exposure, Coping Capacity and Vulnerability.