Disaster Management

Disaster Management Resources

CTO CHTA Disaster Management Learning Session June 2022

Watch the first session here: https://youtu.be/Ks0HKcr1jW8

This was a two-part virtual learning series to help destinations and companies successfully weather the next weather-related crisis.

The webinars were brought to you by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA).


Hurricane Tracking for the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans: http://hurricane.terrapin.com/

USA National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

FEMA Hurricane information: http://www.fema.gov/hazard/hurricane/index.shtm

Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA): http://www.cdema.org

CDEMA Participating states contact info for disaster personnel: https://www.cdema.org/participating-states


Regional Disaster Risk Management For Sustainable Tourism in the Caribbean Project

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) with the support of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and in collaboration with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO); CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ); and the University of the West Indies (UWI) implemented the Regional DRM for Sustainable Tourism in the Caribbean Project between January 2007 and June 2010.

Under the DRM Framework, a Regional DRM Strategy and Plan of Action for the Tourism Sector was developed through the collective action of regional as well as national stakeholders in both the Tourism and disaster management sectors. Specifically, the Strategy addresses the elements of: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery which include rehabilitation, and reconstruction.


UNEP / CAST Disaster Risk Management for Coastal Tourism Destinations Responding to Climate Change: A Practical Guide for Decision Makers

The sustainability of coastal tourism destinations depends partly on their ability to adapt planning and management practices to the impacts of climate change and also to increase their ability to effectively manage natural disasters.

When sudden disaster strikes, rescuers often have only a short time-sometimes no more than 24 hours-in which they can expect to find survivors. Disaster experts refer to these as ‘golden hours’, meaning the initial period when a rapid response capability is vital, and when preparedness (or lack of it!) can make all the difference. Experience has shown, time and again, that it is local people who are best placed to save lives and to coordinate the return to normality. Responding to this challenge UNEP in cooperation with the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) developed this practical handbook to support coastal tourism destinations to prepare and respond to natural disasters.

View “Disaster Risk Management for Coastal Tourism Destinations Practical Guide”.


Multi-Hazard Contingency Planning Manual for the Caribbean Tourism Sector

A publication of the OAS/CDERA Project for Tourism Disaster Planning Enhancement in the Caribbean

This Multi-Hazard Contingency Planning Manual integrates three previously developed documents:
• Hurricane Procedures Manual, 2006 revision, revised by CDERA. November 2006;
• Model Institutional Framework for Disaster Management for the Tourism Sector in Caribbean Countries, prepared by CDERA, November 2006; and
• Multi-Hazard Plan for Caribbean Tourism, drafted by Criterion Strategies, Inc., January 2007.

View Manual