Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is a regional inter-governmental agency established in September 1991 by CARICOM to be responsible for disaster management. There are presently eighteen participating states.
CDEMA's main function is to make an immediate and coordinated response to any disastrous event affecting any participating state, once the state requests such assistance. CDEMA also acts as a facilitator, driver, coordinator and motivating force for the promotion and engineering of Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) in all participating states.
Other functions include:
- Securing, collating and distributing information on disasters affecting the region;
- Mitigating or eliminating as far as possible, the consequences of disasters affecting participating states;
- Encouraging the adoption of disaster loss reduction and mitigation policies and practices at the national and regional level, and encouraging cooperative arrangements and mechanisms to facilitate the development of a culture of disaster loss reduction, and coordinating the establishment, enhancement and maintenance of adequate emergency disaster response capabilities among the participating states;
- Securing, coordinating and providing to interested inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations reliable and comprehensive information on disasters affecting any participating ; and,
- Mobilizing and coordinating disaster relief from governmental and non-governmental organizations for affected participating states.