St. Vincent and the Grenadines is in the process of implementing the Volcano Ready Community Project.
The University of the West Indies (UWI) Seismic Research Centre recently accessed financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) under the Community Disaster Risk Reduction Fund towards the implementation of the project.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is among the most disaster-prone territories in the world, and is affected on a regular basis by the negative impacts of natural hazards such as volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, landslide, rainfall events, storm surge and drought.
The Volcano Ready Community Project will seek to prepare and equip 12 vulnerable communities in northern St. Vincent and the Grenadines to effectively respond to an eruption of the La Soufriere Volcano in a manner that will minimize the number of associated fatalities and injuries.
The Project will seek to provide the scientific information, resources and necessary downscaling to support individual and community level volcano contingency planning, community-led multi-hazard mapping and capacity building for disaster risk reduction.