Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) – TechCamp Bridgetown was hosted in Miami between February 8-9 2023 by The United States Embassy in Barbados and CDEMA. It was held under the theme “Connecting Crisis Communications Changemakers”.

The Crisis Communication TechCamp brought together over 30 journalists, disaster management professionals and social media influencers from twelve (12) countries across the Caribbean with the aim of providing training and digital tools to decipher disinformation in crisis situations such as natural disasters.

Deputy Executive Director of CDEMA Lt. Col Kester Craig shared the importance of TechCamp Bridgetown to the media and disaster management professionals in attendance. “We in the Disaster Risk Management business, recognize and accept that the media are active players in early warning and essential partners in helping to educate communities and promote disaster risk reduction to different audiences.”

The workshop also zoned in on communication within and between agencies, as well as sharing information with the general public. The TechCamp also sought to provide training and digital tools to decipher disinformation in crisis situations.