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07BRIDGETOWN1025
2007-08-15 21:14:00
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Embassy Bridgetown
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EMERGENCY ACTION COMMITTEE (EAC) MEETING,

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						UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 BRIDGETOWN 001025 

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR WHA/CAR
SAN JOSE FOR USAID/OFDA-CALLAHAN AND LEONARD
USAID FOR DCHA/OFDA-THAYER AND LAC/AA
GENEVA FOR N.KYLOH, USUN FOR T.MALY, SECDEF FOR SOLIC,
JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC FOR J3/J4/J5, USSOUTHCOM FOR
J3/J4/J5, NSC FOR P.MARCHAMLAGHAN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASEC BB CASC XL
SUBJECT: EMERGENCY ACTION COMMITTEE (EAC) MEETING,
BRIDGETOWN



1. (SBU) In response to the latest tracking of Tropical
Storm Dean, Ambassador Ourisman chaired an Emergency Action
Committee (EAC) meeting on Wednesday, August 15, 2007,
attended by A/DCM, P/E, RSO, DET CDR, LEGATT, DEA, IRS, CON,
ORA, IPO, MLO, USAID, OFDALAC, PAS, and GSO. Also in
attendance via conference call were Principal Officer for
Embassy Grenada, Peace Corps Country Director for the Eastern
Caribbean, and Senior Regional Advisor for USAID/OFDALAC.
A/DCM reviewed current mission posture in the event the storm
picks up intensity and causes significant damage to Barbados
or any other other of the Eastern Caribbean islands, which
currently lie in Dean's trajectory. (Note: The Ambassador
will be on official travel to Antigua and Barbuda from August
15-16, then fly to Miami on August 17, before heading to
Washington, D.C. End Note.)



2. (U) USAID/OFDALAC Senior Regional Advisor, Tim Callaghan,
informed the EAC that Tropical Storm Dean is currently headed
slightly north of Barbados at a high speed of 20 mph, with
maximum sustained winds of up to 60 mph. While experience
with Hurrican Ivan in 2004 suggests that the storm can
radically change direction within hours, it is likely that by
Friday, the center of Tropical Storm Dean will have
intensified and its center will have reached approximately
70-80 miles north of Barbados. Should Dean become a
hurricane, it is expected that housing and infrastructural
damage will result, the extent of which cannot be predicted
at this time.



3. (U) Callaghan assured Post that staff is well-positioned
for disaster response, with USAID consulants currently in
place in St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, and Barbados, and
additional OFDALAC communications and technical staff
arriving in Barbados later in the day. According to
OFDALAC's local Barbados consultant, airports will shut down
their runways once runway crosswinds reach 35 mph, while the
Barbados Department of Emergency Management, (formerly
Central Emergency Relief Organization), is currently issuing
tropical storm warnings and can activate its response plan
within 24 hours. A purchase order with GAL Airlines is
already in place, which will allow USAID and Eastern
Caribbean Donor Group (ECDG) Members to travel to any
affected area in the region to conduct a disaster assessment
as per Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA)
protocol.



3. (SBU) RSO informed the EAC that Post is preparing its
Emergency Operations Center. Plans have already been
completed with Barbados law enforcement authorities to assist
with the Embassy's external security, both before and after
the storm. The Marine Security Guard will be reviewing its
disaster preparation plan and conduct an embassy
walk-through, and a mandatory radio check for all American
staff and dependents is planned for Thursday, August 16. In
addition, Post has updated its Cascade System (phone tree)
and conducted an Embassy staff role call. Embassy staff
evacuations will not be implemented in advance of a
hurricane. (Note: Embassy Bridgetown's NEC is able to
withstand up to a category-5 hurricane. End Note.)
Essential and non-essential personnel will be determined once
the storm's threat becomes clearer on Thursday afternoon,
August 16; if appropriate, non-emergency Embassy staff will
be instructed to remain at home on Friday. A disaster
warning for all Consular Wardens in Embassy Bridgetown's
consular district had been cleared by the Department's Bureau
of Consular Affairs and sent out later in the day.


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4. (SBU) In St. Lucia, Peace Corps Country Director for the
Eastern Caribbean plans to delay the deployment of new
volunteers to their assignments on other islands until the
storm has passed. Embassy Grenada's Principle Officer will
convene an Embassy staff meeting and checking with local
disaster coordinator authorities to review disaster response
plans.



5. (SBU) USAID/OFDALAC and Embassy Mission Disaster Relief
Officer (MDRO) will coordinate and cable Situation Reports
(SITREPS) and/or other reports as new developments warrant.
Post's Points of Contact for mission disaster relief
coordination are:

James Goggin (USAID Director)
Mission Disaster Relief Officer
PH: 246-227-4395
EM: jgoggin@usaid.gov

Anthony Eterno (Acting Pol/Econ Counselor)
Alternate Mission Disaster Relief Officer
PH 246-227-4273
EM: eternoar@state.gov or eternoar@state.sgov.gov.

Sidney Velado
USAID/OFDALAC Representative in Barbados
PH: 246-227-4280
EM: svelado@ofda.gov.
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