Comments / Details
Drought warning during the first trimester 2015 and 2016. The island experiences a dry season from February to June
|Yes||3 February 2017, Dominica was jolted by an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 but there have been no reports of injuries or damages.|
|Yes||As of August 2016 Zika virus has been identified in this country; no epidemic outbreak reported. Chikungunya epidemic outbreak on 2014.|
|Yes||Flooding associated with cyclone, storms or tropical depression rainfall.|
|Yes||Mudslides associated with cyclone, storms or tropical depression rainfall.|
|Yes||Nine of the Caribbean’s sixteen active volcanoes are located in Dominica. Two steam explosions (phreatic activity) in the Valley of Desolation in 1880 and 1997.|
High Waves / Surges
|Yes||High vulnerability to Tropical Cyclones accompanied by large and destructive waves. Dominica's coastline is particularly prone to sea surge and sea level rise.|
High vulnerability to Tropical Cyclones. The yearly hurricane season officially starts June 1 and ends on November 30.
See more information http://www.weather.gov.dm/current-conditions
Internally Displaced Persons
Landmines / UXO Present
For a more detailed database on disasters by country, please see the Centre for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters Country Profile.
Seasonal Effects on Transport
Comments / Details
Primary Road Transport
|Storms or tropical depression rainfalls cause landslides or collapses of bridges, with partial interruptions of highways for short periods of time.|
Secondary Road Transport
|Many secondary roads can become impassable during hurricane season due to bridge damage and landslides.|
|While air transport is often grounded during storm, most air transport options resume quickly and can be used to transport goods in affected areas.|
|Waterway transport may be affected during the hurricane seasons for short periods of time|
Dominica experiences two main periods, a dry season from February to June and a hurricane season from June to November. The hurricane season presents prolonged and intense rain falls causing landslides and collapses of bridges, with partial interruptions of primary and secondary roads which contributes to the increase in transport rates and consumer prices.
Seasonal Effects on Storage and Handling
Comments / Details
The island lacks of public and private storage facilities for storage of goods, especially for perishable items. There is no silos for products in bulk.
|Jun-Nov||The wet season affects the power and water supply lines, impacting in handling operations and restricting access of manpower.|
Emergency response operates through the National Emergency Planning Organisation (NEPO) and the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) which provides the coordination and framework for emergency response.
It has been identified the importance to work in conjunction with local communities in the management and coordination of disaster risk reduction through the existence of various community disaster organisations, district organisations, and the participation of community leaders. Some community groups have been equipped with relevant tools and equipment as part of the effort of an early response mechanism, given the topography of the country and resource constraint that could prevent the quick response from the authorities.
Institutions and agencies such as DOMLEC, DOWASCO, St. John’s, Ambulance and Dominica Red Cross place heavy emphasis on community participation in the management of resources and mitigation and adaptation efforts. These communities serve in some cases as first responders who report incidents to the relevant authorities. The Local Government system has been leveraged in that respect and plays an integral role in the management of localised crisis situations with effective results in mitigation activities.
For more information on government contact details, please see the following link: 4.1 Government Contact List.
The international humanitarian community has increased their support and number of organizations present after Hurricane Maria hit the island. Furthermore, sector groups have been established in order to coordinate with different partners around the island and provide effective solutions.
Lead and co-lead
Camp Coordination & Camp Management (CCCM)
+1 767 245 0658
+1 767 245 3718
+1 767 295 8879
Raul Rodriguez Choto
+1 767 315 9557
+ 1767 275 6246
Food Security & Livelihoods
Benjamin De Barros
+1 767 615 0516
+1 246 263 8968
+1 767 225 2403
+1 767 266 3260
Dana van Alphen*
+1 246 266 8125
+1 767 612 0917
+1 767 245 2872
+1 767 265 0548
+1 767 225 0280
+1 767 317 9992
+1 767 225 9664
+1 767 225 7925
+1 767 225 4297
Dr. Martin Christmas
+1 767 617 2271
+1 767 245 1754
Communications and Community Engagement WG
+1 767 285 9238
Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support WG
+1 767 225 4600
*Not all in-country but included for communication purposes
For more information on humanitarian agency contact details, please see the following link: 4.2 Humanitarian Agency Contact List