The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is developing a National Disaster Risk Management Volunteer Programme, to strengthen community and parish level stakeholder response to catastrophes.
Community volunteers will be trained in various emergency techniques that equip them to act as first responders.
These include cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, light search and rescue as well as shelter management.
ODPEM received nearly nine million dollars from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency to undertake a nine month project, prior to the start of the national programme's development and implementation.
Senior Director, Projects Development Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation at ODPEM, Pauline Brown, says a national database was also created, which to date, has 1,165 people registered to become national volunteers.