Caribbean: Hurricane Beryl

Hurricane Beryl―the strongest hurricane in the history of the Atlantic in the month of June―formed on 30 June as a Category-4 hurricane.

By 02 July, Hurricane Beryl had impacted several island countries in the southwestern Caribbean that include Barbados, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines―causing widespread infrastructure damage, power outages, and disruption to water supplies and telecommunications.

After hitting Jamaica as a deadly Category 5 storm on 03 July, Hurricane Beryl moved through the western Caribbean and impacted the Cayman Islands as a Category 3 storm with gale force winds on 04 July.

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is coordinating the response efforts, supported by National Emergency Management Coordinators.

Though not officially activated, the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) immediately deployed an inter-agency ICT coordinator on 03 July to Barbados to support the preparedness and response efforts of the regional National Disaster Management Offices (NDMOs). This comes amid ongoing regional discussions with the ETC to preposition personnel during the Caribbean hurricane season, which is predicted to be intense this year. The ICT coordinator is initiating coordination with local actors and is ready to support government response efforts.


Key Operational Gaps
Asset 673
David Pickering
Inter-agency ICT coordinator
Bridgetown, Barbados