The World Food Programme (WFP) and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), in collaboration with K1 Britannia Foundation’s Disaster Relief and Crisis Team – K1 DIRECT – and the Government of Sint Maarten, recently launched a four-day End-2-End Supply Chain Management Training.
The training brought together valuable partners in disaster and supply chain management, where organizations presented their Business Continuity plans and disaster response capabilities, participated in supply chain, logistics and inventory management activities, and discussed collaboration and long-term agreements for disaster response within the region.
Approximately 40 persons attended the training from various sectors including local Emergency Support Functions (ESFs), Non-profit organizations, international and local private sector partner organizations, representatives of other islands and law enforcement; such as the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development & Labor, Government Affairs, Customs, Dutch Military, Red Cross, NV GEBE, Tropical Shipping, DHL, Maersk, Port Sint Maarten, and Princess Juliana International Airport.
The training also included presentations of the phases of the disaster cycle where participants grasped an understanding of preparedness levels and key tasks to be completed and repeated for up to 6 weeks after a disaster. In addition, presentations were given by Maersk, WFP, CDEMA, DHL, Rene Savelsbergh, as an expert on civil military collaboration, and others who shared their support/relief services, plans and logistic capabilities.
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