SYNERGY to review region’s COVID-19 response, evaluate hurricane season preparations
Acknowledging the very real possibility the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic crisis will last throughout the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is focusing on simultaneous coordination of handling this health hazard and a major hurricane impact.
With an above average hurricane season forecasted, this year’s SYNERGY will facilitate a real-time review of the ongoing regional operations
in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and evaluate the regional hurricane season preparations for operations in a pandemic environment. The findings from SYNERGY 2020 are to be used to enhance the ongoing joint coordination of emergency operations for COVID-19, in addition to strengthening the protocols of the regional and national multi-hazard plans for operating within a pandemic environment.
SYNERGY is the flagship Regional Exercise designed to test the joint coordination of emergency response operations among the partners of
the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM), in response to a disaster event in any CDEMA Participating State. It is coordinated by the CDEMA Coordinating Unit with support from regional and international emergency stakeholders. SYNERGY provides a forum for orienting the RRM
partners to their respective roles in accordance with their disaster mandates and the Regional Coordination Plan.
The objectives of SYNERGY 2020 therefore will be to identify gaps and challenges in the regional coordination of COVID-19 and facilitate learning for strengthening the coordination mechanism; to identify areas for strengthening the joint regional coordination of severe Tropical Disturbance Hazards within the context of a pandemic environment; to orient participants to the Regional Protocol for the Management of COVID-19; to optimize and make efficient use of available resources for the management of the COVID-19 pandemic and other potential disasters in the region; and to generate feedback from the RRM partners to inform the update of the Regional Coordination Plan.
SYNERGY 2020 will be held on Monday, May 25 and will take the format of an online “War-Gaming” discussion from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (AST)