07/09/2012 - The Caribbean region is extremely prone to disasters. If you live in the Caribbean you are three times more likely to be affected by a disaster than if you live in other parts of South America. Located in the hurricane path, the region is exposed to severe storms, making floods and landslides a continuous threat. Some islands face the risk of earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. Add to this isolation, lack of resources and high inequality and poverty rates.
ECHO has an office based in Dominican Republic, which covers 24 countries and overseas territories all over the Caribbean. Assistance is given when a disaster strikes, but ECHO puts great emphasis on preparing communities to better address disasters and save lives. This video shows, through the example of the island of Grenada, the type of work ECHO funds in the region.
The involvement of youth is key to reach a broader audience. Check out the hit "Be prepared" that has made three high school students famous with a song produced in the framework of a disaster preparedness project funded by ECHO and implemented by the French Red Cross, the Grenada Red Cross and the International Federation of the Red Cross.