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6.5 Magnitude Earthquake 52 km west of Guadeloupe

Information provided by the UWI, SRC indicated that a Magnitude 6.5 earthquake occurred at
approximately 7:23am this morning at a depth of 164 km.
The earthquake was located 52 km West of Point-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe,
98 km SSW of Saint John's, Antigua and Barbuda and 125 km NW of Roseau, Dominica.

Fortunately, the earthquake was quite deep and while there are reports of it
being felt in Dominica and other neighbouring islands, there were no reports of

The public is being reminded that it is important to know the protection measures
before an earthquake as there is no forewarning.
Here are a few safety tips:

Before and earthquake

 Make plans – make sure you have a well-prepared Disaster Plan. Set aside
emergency supplies and equipment, learn first aid and teach family
members how to turn off electricity, gas and water supplies by learning
location of safety valves and main switches.
 Pick safe places in your home, workplace or school.

During an earthquake:
Some of the most important things you can do are:

 Try to Remain Calm
 Be aware of your surroundings – If you are in a store or shop, move away
from display shelves containing bottles, cans, or other objects that may fall.
Move away from windows, glass doors, heavy mirrors, pictures, bookcases,
hanging plants and heavy objects.

 Take action to protect yourself – Protect your head and face and Drop,
Cover, and Hold On under a sturdy desk, table, bench or bed. If you use a
walker or wheelchair Lock, Cover and Hold On.
 Stay where you are - do not run to get outside or inside of buildings as
falling objects could cause further harm.

Contact the Office of Disaster Management for more information - 266-4412 and/or email us



End of 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season

The 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season ended on November 30, 2022. Thankfully, Dominica was once again spared form any significant impact from tropical cyclones.

However, the island did not escape impact from the normal November Trough Systems. On 6 November 2022, a trough system produced in excess of 14 inches (355mm) of rainfall over the eastern section of Dominica. This high intensity rainfall resulted in flooding, landslides, loss of livelihood, damage to infrastructure and loss of a loved one.

We cannot emphasize enough that preparedness planning is not just for storms and hurricanes (i.e. tropical cyclones), but a year-round activity for all hazards. There is the need to be aware of daily weather conditions and importantly the vulnerabilities that exist in your community and even in your homes.

What can you do to reduce impact

  1. Regularly inspect your home and community and take note of conditions that could become hazardous during rain or other hazard events.
  2. Address critical issues where possible or seek assistance
  3. Support disaster committees to create disaster plans of your community
  4. Make use of trainings offered on disaster preparedness
  5. Support community simulation exercises
  6. Protect early warning equipment in your area

Contact the Office of Disaster Management for more information - 266-4412 and/or email us

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Trough System November 6th 2022

East Coast Trough Impact-November 8, 2022


A trough system affected Dominica on Saturday night into Sunday November 6 2022 producing
heavy rainfall over the east coast communities from Wesley to La Plaine. Some locations
recorded rainfall amounts in excess of 13 inches or (330mm).

This high rainfall amount resulted in flooding and over 50 landslides along the east coast.
Unfortunately, one death is confirmed.

Electricity and water services have been disrupted, but are being restored.

Restoration of access is of priority and will be restored today in most areas. Clean-up efforts are
scheduled to be completed by this weekend. However, more time will be required for
restoration in the Petite Soufriere area given the extent of the impact.

The public is being reminded to remain vigilant even as we approach the official end of the
Atlantic Hurricane Season as troughs usually affect Dominica during this time of the year.


Landslide in the Petite Soufriere area

Heavy equipment operated overnight to restore access along the Rosalie Bridge.




At 5: 00 AM today, the center of Tropical Storm FIONA was located near latitude 16.4 North,
longitude 63.3 West, approximately 150 miles northwest of Dominica, moving in a westerly
direction near 13 mph.



  • As of 5:00 AM, the Tropical Storm WATCH was discontinued for the Commonwealth of
  • A Flood WATCH remains in effect for the Commonwealth of Dominica.



  • Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches (75 to 125 mm) with higher amounts in elevated areas
    are expected over the next 12 hours.
  • Possible flash flooding and landslides.




i. The Dominica Meteorological Office and the Office of Disaster management continues real-time monitoring of the rainfall across Dominica.

ii. The public is reminded to exercise caution in flood and landslide prone areas.

iii. Mariners should continue to exercise caution.

iv.  Stay tuned to the official media outlets for updates on the actions of the National Emergency Planning Organization (NEPO)


The National Emergency Planning Organization (NEPO) remains on ALERT and continues to monitor the instability associated with the passage of tropical storm FIONA over Dominica.




Location: 15.8 N 58.8 W, 162 miles, 261 km East of Dominica

Moving: West at 15 mph Maximum Sustained

Winds: 50 mph



  •  Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches (50 to 100 mm) with higher amounts in elevated areas.
  • Flash flooding and landslides.
  • Wind gusts of Tropical Storm Strength.
  • Rough seas on the East, North, and West coasts.



i. The ODM has updated the NEPO Mechanism, and all emergency systems have been placed on ALERT.

ii. The Hon. Prime Minister, Chairperson of NEPO, the Minister for National Security and Home Affairs, the Cabinet Secretary and other officials have been briefed.

iii. A Tropical Storm WATCH is in effect for Dominica as of 6:00 AM, September 16, 2022. This means that tropical  storm conditions are possible within 12 - 36 hours.  Slides and road blockages may be reported to the Ministry of Public Works and the Digital Economy at tel. #: 618 3129.

iv. At this time emergency shelters will remain closed however, Shelter Managers have been placed on ALERT.

v. Heavy equipment operators have been placed on ALERT and will be prepositioned as needed throughout the day.

vi. Schools have been suspended today, September 16, 2022.

vii. Work continues today.



Residents in Dominica are advised to:

i. Continue to monitor the progress of this weather system.

ii. Limit outdoor activities particularly during the evening of Friday, September 16, 2022, into Saturday, September 17, 2022.

iii. Exercise caution in hotspots for flooding and landslides and be ready to take quick action.

iv. Take time to check on their emergency kits.

v. Stay tuned to the official media outlets for updates on the progress of the system and the actions of the National Emergency Planning Organization (NEPO).


The National Emergency Planning Organization (NEPO) will continue to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Fiona and provide updates as necessary.

September 16, 2022, at 8:00 AM: Tropical Storm Fiona Graphical Tropical Weather Outlook ( Source National Hurricane Centre, Florida).




A tropical depression in the Central Atlantic was upgraded to Tropical Storm FIONA last night.

Today, Thursday 15 September 2022, Tropical Storm Fiona was located about 500 miles to the east of the Leeward Islands.

'Fiona' is moving in a westerly direction toward the northern Leeward Islands and the center of Fiona is expected to pass about 100 miles to the north of Dominica late Friday into Saturday.

On the current track, wind impact, if any, from Fiona, will be minimal. However, rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches across Dominica are possible with higher amounts in elevated areas.

Residents here in Dominica are advised to continue to monitor the progress of this weather system while it moves toward and crosses the northern Leeward Islands late Friday into Saturday.

Rainfall that could result in flash flooding and landslides is the concern for Dominica during the passage of this weather system.

Residents should be aware and plan ahead for Friday and throughout the weekend.

In the event of heavy rainfall, persons must not attempt to cross waterways and flooded roadways. Additionally, the risk of secondary hazards may pose a threat - for example, landslides in vulnerable areas.

Conditions may necessitate the issuance of a flood watch or flood warning.

Updated information will be made available.



The Office of Disaster Management (ODM), in collaboration with the UWI Seismic Research Centre (UWI - SRC) and through the support of key partners including, the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP), the Connecting Communities for Climate Change and Disaster Preparedness (CCC DRiP) Project, the Regional Security System (RSS), the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), and public-private sector partnership through the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC), conducted repair and upgrade works on the National Volcano-seismic Monitoring and Early Warning Network in Dominica. The cost of this project is approximately $1,000,000.00 EC dollars.

Two (2) Technicians from the UWI SRC and one (1) from the St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) Volcano Observatory, along with their equipment, arrived in Dominica November 8th, 2021, via the Regional Security System (RSS) Aircraft.

The SRC team carried out repair and upgrade works on the Network during the period November 8 to December 6 2021. At the end of this initial phase:

  • Seventeen (17) sites were identified for installation of stations
  • New installations were completed at the ODM Headquarters in Jimmit, Londondary Agricultural Station, Castle Bruce Secondary School  and DOWASCO Earth tank in Morne Daniel
  • Repairs and upgrade were done to stations at Freshwater Lake, Scotts Head, Salisbury and La Plaine
  • Eight (8) of the seventeen (17) stations are now operational with six (6) transmitting data in real-time to the UWI SRC in Trinidad and Tobago.The upgraded network will enhance Dominica’s volcano-seismic monitoring, detection and early warning capabilities. It will also provide valuable information and data to inform the review of the National Volcanic Hazard and Earthquake Hazard plans. The Volcanic Alert Level for Dominica is currently at GREEN which signifies that volcanic activity is at background level.This project is part of the programming of the ODM to maintain a heightened state of preparedness to all hazards with potential to impact Dominica. It is aligned to the Strategic Plan of the Ministry of National Security and Home Affairs and contributes toward the resilience initiative of Dominica as outlined in the National Resilience Development Strategy (NRDS), 2030. The project is in-keeping with the regional Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Strategy 2014-2024 which is implemented nationally through the Country Work Programme 2021-2025, the International Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

    The public is being reminded to assist with safeguarding the sites and equipment from vandalism and theft. The Office of Disaster Management wishes to thank all the partners who have contributed towards the planning and execution of this project.




On Friday January 8, 2021, the ODM received a donation of a forklift from the USSOUTHCOM Humanitarian Assistance Programme (HAP) Project.

Maintenance and management of the ODM’s warehouses is essential for the optimization of preparedness, response and recovery post hazard impacts. Storage and distribution of emergency supplies and relief items require the use of a forklift to ensure that these functions are carried out effectively and efficiently while reducing the exposure of workers to occupational harm when handling bulky items.

Fitzroy Pascal, National Disaster Coordinator, stated that “The ODM is indeed grateful and appreciates the donation of a forklift from the USSOUTHCOM which will significantly improve the efficiency of operations in the warehouses at the ODM and contribute to the enhancement of the national relief, logistics and warehousing programme on a whole. The forklift was put into operation immediately by the Disaster Office”.

The ODM, on behalf of the National Disaster Management System, expresses thanks to the USSOUTHCOM HAP for their continued support and dedication to the advancement of Comprehensive Disaster Management in Dominica and look forward to future collaborations.




The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) carried out an earthquake and evacuation drill in schools on Thursday March 11 in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Planning, Vocational Training and National Excellence. The earthquake drill was one of the key activities in support of Caribe Wave, the annual tsunami exercise of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The objectives of the earthquake drill were to test and exercise the earthquake safety protocols of schools; test the evacuation protocols of schools and to assess the effectiveness of the earthquake and evacuation protocols of schools in a pandemic environment.

Following evacuation from the school buildings, teachers and students were encouraged to discuss their experience and their school tsunami safety protocols particularly for schools located in coastal low-lying areas.

The ODM also collaborated with key stakeholders, including the Dominica Police Force, Fire and Ambulance Services, Dominica Red Cross and Petro Caribe, on March 11 to execute a communication testing exercise with a view to assess the emergency communication network. Contact will be made with other stakeholders before the start of the upcoming hurricane season to ensure that the emergency communication network is operating seamlessly.

With over eighty percent of tsunamis generated by earthquakes which occurs quite frequently in the region, the public is being encouraged to increase their awareness about tsunami and to know the natural tsunami warning signs.

  • If you FEEL a strong earthquake and you are close to a beach or near a river DO NOT wait for official warning leave the area immediately;
  • If you SEE the water suddenly retreat or
  • If you HEAR a loud roar from the sea following a strong earthquake, it could be a tsunami; leave the area immediately.

If you experience any of these natural tsunami warning signs, move quickly and safely to higher ground (recommended height above 30 metres or 100ft) or as far inland as possible.

The ODM expresses appreciation to the Ministry of Education and all schools who were able to support the promotion of earthquake safety and to all stakeholders who continue to enable the advancement of Comprehensive Disaster Management in Dominica.


PRESS RELEASE May 27, 2021

United States Strengthens Dominica’s Disaster Response through Medical Field Hospital and Training

The United States donated a field hospital valued at approximately US$640,000 to the Government of Dominica. This week, as a part of the donation, the U.S. manufacturer of the field hospital is training personnel from Dominica's Ministry of Health, the Office of Disaster Management (ODM), the Dominica Fire and Ambulance Service, and the Dominica Cadet Corps on the setup and use of the field hospital at the Dominica Botanic Gardens.

The hospital was purchased by U.S. Southern Command through the Humanitarian Assistance Program. The field hospital includes five medical tents and one administration tent that can be connected, a 70 KVA generator, an air conditioning system, sinks, a water purification and distribution system, and 40 hospital beds.

“The field hospital will provide additional capacity to Dominica's health system in the event of a natural disaster and is part of the U.S. government's ongoing assistance to nations responding to the pandemic,” said U.S. Embassy Bridgetown’s Chief of Security Cooperation, Lt Col Shane Moran.

“This initiative is in-keeping with the ODM’s goal to integrate Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) in our key sectors. The Health Sector will benefit tremendously from this donation as it provides redundancy and additional capacity to our health infrastructure. We are grateful to the US Government for this generous donation, and to the instructor and participants of this training programme,” commented the National Disaster Coordinator, Mr. Fitzroy Pascal.

Twenty-three (23) participants benefitted from this training programme. “The workshop is a great programme. After the instructor leaves, the onus is on us to setup and maintain the facility. We are grateful for this training, it is interesting, fun and we are learning a lot,” remarked participant Station Officer of the Dominica Fire and Ambulance Service, Mr. Matthew Prosper.

This donation builds on the longstanding partnership between the United States and Dominica. Through regional workshops, best practice exchanges, and the ongoing construction of emergency operations centers and disaster relief warehouses in Castle Bruce and Portsmouth, the United States is committed to Dominica’s hurricane preparedness and supporting a coordinated emergency response.


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