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Managing Tropical Storms During COVID-19: Early Lessons Learned

July 8, 2020

Washington, D.C.


Organized by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)

  • As the COVID-19 pandemic reverberates around the globe, we are reminded that disasters have not been staying home and will need managed in a new and more challenging environment. The current global health crisis has been a stress test for emergency preparedness and response systems that are in place, and governments are learning where those systems have strengths, and where they need to be improved and adapted. 

    This event will be the second session of GFDRR’s Building Resilience during the Covid-19 Crisis Speaker Series. We will be hearing from officials working on the front lines in India, Japan, and the Caribbean what they have learned so far about responding to and preparing for tropical cyclones during COVID-19, and what advice they have for others who are facing similar challenges.



    Opening Remarks/Chair

    Julie Dana
    Practice Manager and Head of GFDRR


    Esline Garaebiti
    Director-General of the Vanuatu Ministry of Climate Change Adaptation, Meteorology, Geo-Hazards, Environment, Energy and Disaster Management

    Kamal Kishore
    A member of India’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and co-chair of GFDRR

    Dr. Muneyoshi Numada
    Associate Professor, Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo

    Elizabeth Riley
    Executive Director, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)



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    Meeting number (access code): 160 720 6493
    Meeting password: gmZTuAxE423

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  • DATE & TIME: Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 9:00pm-10:00pm (JST)
  • LANGUAGE: English