Hurricanes, volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, flooding and tsunamis: Being prone to such a wide variety of natural disasters means it’s a challenge to say exactly how prepared various Caribbean islands are. But the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency is looking to change that.

The 18 states that participate in CDEMA will soon receive advice from their Technical Advisory Committee on how to accurately and fairly answer that question.

“If you want to do an assessment of how a country is doing or a how a sector is doing, we have created those standards,” said Jeremy Collymore, CDEMA’s executive director, last week. Mr. Collymore spoke at a press briefing on Friday, the fourth and final day of the Technical Advisory Committee’s meeting, held at the Long Bay Beach Resort.

See the June 2, 2011 edition for full coverage.