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Real Talk In The Face Of Danger

Real Talk In The Face Of Danger

By Department of Emergency Management
Real conversations with real people about disasters, emergency management and safety procedures.
Listen to new topics every month as our guests share experiences and knowledge on how best to navigate difficult and harmful situations.
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DEM Barbados - Behind the Scenes
2021 has been a very active year in Barbados as it relates to hazards. Feeling the impacts as early as January, the island faced drought, dust haze, volcanic ashfall and a hurricane. Of course this all took place in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.   These events have all increased the workload of emergency response organizations; particularly the Department of Emergency Management (DEM). We therefore decided to close this year of Real Talk in the Face of Danger with a behind-the-scenes look at the work of the Department during 2021, featuring guest speaker Kerry Hinds, DEM Director.
December 30, 2021
2021 Hurricane Season Recap
The 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season was another active one with 21 named storms forming between June and November. Joining us on this episode is Senior Meteorologist, Semelka Jackman, who gave a review of the hurricane season along with some insight into the work of the Barbados Meteorological Services.
November 28, 2021
Taking Care of your Mental Health in Times of Uncertainty
Ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a cloud of uncertainty above our heads. When will it end? How much worse will things get? These are some of the questions we ask ourselves and this constant worrying negatively impacts our emotional well-being. In this episode we chat with a familiar voice, Christine Franklyn, who is a Certified Wellness Coach in Barbados. Throughout the discussion Christine shares useful information on how we can take care of our mental health while continuing to navigate the unpredictability of life.
October 31, 2021
Home and Property Insurance
On July 2, 2021 disaster struck Barbados with the passing of Hurricane Elsa. Thousands of households reported damaged and it was discovered that the majority were not insured. At the tail end of recovery, we decided it was necessary to discuss the topic of home and property insurance with some of the experts in the field. Joining us in this episode is an Assistant Manager in Insurance Operations at Sagicor General Insurance Inc. We hope you enjoy listening and encourage you to share with a friend.
September 26, 2021
Gender in Disaster Management
In episode 8 of Real Talk in the Face of Danger, CDEMA Executive Director, Elizabeth Riley, tells us about the need to consider gender in disaster management.   Part 1 looks at defining gender in disaster management and why it is a key issue, especially in the Caribbean.  Part 2 digs deeper by exploring the areas of disaster management in which gender can become an issue. It also highlights actions taken by CDEMA to integrate gender into disaster management.
August 29, 2021
Electricity vs Hurricanes
In this episode, we chat with the Engineering Manager at the Barbados Light and Power Company Ltd. (BLPC) to find out how the organization prepares for the hurricane season. We also hear about their experience with Hurricane Elsa which impacted Barbados on July 2, 2021.
July 31, 2021
In times of disaster, homeless persons are among those who are most vulnerable. Fortunately, the Barbados Alliance to End Homelessness is there to mitigate the impact felt by these persons. In this episode, we discuss the role of the BAEH in disaster management.
June 27, 2021
Disaster Response
Disaster response is the third phase of the disaster management cycle and this area is especially familiar to the Barbados Red Cross Society. This month, we got an insight into the role of the Barbados Red Cross during and after a disaster, and more! Tune in now to hear all about it.
May 30, 2021
Fire Safety
In recent times, many persons lose homes and property to fires. Barbados also experiences numerous bushfires during the dry season each year. How can persons prevent fires and protect themselves from this hazard? Listen to this episode to find out all about fire safety.
April 25, 2021
Coastal Erosion
To many, Barbados is seen as a paradise with lovely beaches and calm waters but the ocean can pose a major threat to our coastal areas. This episode looks at one of the coastal hazards that impact Barbados - coastal erosion. This is a special episode to commemorate Coastal Hazards and Earthquake Smart Month which is recognised every March by the Department of Emergency Management, in partnership with the Technical Standing Committee on Coastal Hazards.
March 21, 2021
Coping with stress
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the mental health of many persons. Apart from that, we all experience some level of stress from time to time. In this episode, listeners will find out what is stress, the negative impacts it has on our health and useful methods to help us manage our stress.
February 21, 2021
The Importance of Planning
With all that has happened in 2020 from COVID-19 to the extremely active hurricane season, we wanted to educate our listeners on the importance of planning for disasters and all that it entails.
January 31, 2021