Background information obtained from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency
Response Agency (CDERA)
Soufriere Hills Volcanic Activity - Montserrat -
The danger zone on Montserrat has been extended. It now includes
the area from Broderick's Estate, south to Old Fort Point and
all areas south of the Fort Ghaut. On Saturday these areas were
evacuated. That places more pressure on the housing and shelters
in the north of the island.
This move follows continued high levels of
volcanic activity at Soufriere Hills. Since initial escalation
on June 25, the volcanic activity now threatens all areas flanking
the volcano, including some areas surrounding the Belham River
The British and the local government are encouraging voluntary,
off-island evacuation which is expected to start tomorrow. Displaced
persons will receive financial assistance. Details will come
later in the week.
Evacuees will first go to Antigua then to
the United Kingdom and other Caribbean Islands.
The National Disaster Office in Antigua is
reviewing its evacuation contingency plans. The Evacuation Team
has members from the police, immigration, customs, Red Cross,
and the National Office of Disaster Services.
Nurses sent to Montserrat last week from Grenada
and St. Lucia are safe and are being kept updated.
As previously requested, Montserrat asks CDERA participating
states to review the contingency arrangements for receiving
200 - 500 evacuees.
Please consider the following:
- Where will evacuees be housed both for the short and long
- What arrangements for water, food, and shelter need to be
- What arrangements need to be made for special populations
such as school children, professionals, and unemployed or
- How does the Montserrat government respond to the threat of natural disaster?
- What concerns would officials have when evacuating large numbers of people? How might you respond to these concerns?
- What areas on Montserrat are in danger of damages from the volcanic eruption? Point these out on the maps provided.