What is Nods

The National Office of Disaster Services – Coordinating Unit (NODS-CU) is the management agency mandated by the government of Antigua and Barbuda to deal with emergency/disaster situations that are outside the scope of the lead agency’s resources/capacity to manage and requires multi-agency resources and coordination. The department is run by a Director with several key technical positions established.

The office works with key agencies to ensure that personnel are trained and have a clear understanding of their roles and functions as outlined in the National Disaster Plan. It is the responsibility of the head of each agency to acquire and maintain the resources necessary to execute their roles and functions in a professional manner.

We facilitate training in the region’s enhanced strategy and framework, Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) which encompasses all hazards, all phases and all stakeholders.

The organizational structure of NODS will comprise four units:

  1. Preparedness and Response
  2. Recovery and Mitigation
  3. Finance and Administration
  4. GIS/Data Base and Emergency Communication

NODS CU is a secretariat of the National Organisation of Disaster Services with responsibility for the coordination of national assets in partnership with the private sector and civil society at all phases of disaster management.

The Disaster Management Legislation outlines the framework in which coordination, collaboration and support should exist among stakeholders.

The National Disaster Plan identifies the roles and functions of stakeholders at the national and community levels and assigns specific responsibilities to committees and subcommittees.

NODS-CU focuses on three basic principles:

  1. Preparedness and Awareness
  2. Education and Training
  3. Exercises

The community level disaster management programme is a total voluntary system with membership opened to anyone who lives in the community and wishes to serve on their district disaster committee.

NODS-CU provides:

  1. Information and guidance to its partners
  2. Assistance in plan writing and development
  3. Orientation, Disaster Management Evaluation, Site Inspections and Hazard Vulnerability Assessments
  4. Training
  5. Assistance with exercise design and scripting
  6. Evaluators, simulators, exercise control etc
  7. Sustainable engagement with key partners

NODS-CU partners:

  • Private sector
  • Public Sector
  • Civil Society

Key Agencies:

  • Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force
  • Antigua and Barbuda Royal Police Force
  • Antigua and Barbuda Fire Department
  • Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Office
  • Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross
  • National Solid Waste Management Authority
  • Antigua Public Utilities Authority
  • Environment Division
  • Public Works Department
  • Mount St John Medical Centre
  • Antigua and Barbuda Transport Board
  • Antigua and Barbuda Broadcasting Service
  • St Vincent de Paul Society
  • Adventist Disaster Relief Agency
  • Development Control Authority
  • Ministry of Agriculture
  • Ministry of Tourism
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Antigua and Barbuda Chamber of Commerce
  • Antigua Hotels and Tourists Association
  • Antigua and Barbuda Fishermen Association
  • Air and Sea Port Authorities
  • Customs and Immigration
  • Barbuda Council
  • Engineering and Architect Associations
  • Ministry of Social Transformation
  • West Indies Oil Company
  • Antigua and Barbuda Maritime Services

Support partners:

  • Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) – www.cdema.org, www.weready.org
  • University of the West Indies Seismic Unit – www.uwiseismic.com
  • Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) – www.oecs.org
  • Caricom – www.caricom.org
  • Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) – www.caribank.org
  • Caribbean Catastrophic Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) – www.ccrif.org
  • Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC) – www.carec.org
  • Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) – www.paho.org
  • United States Agency for International Development US/AID – www.usaid.gov
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – www.undp.org
  • United States Southern Command (US Southcom) – www.southcom.mil
  • Organisation of American States (OAS) – www.oas.org
  • European Union (EU) – europa.eu
  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) – www.acdi-cida.gc.ca
  • OFDA/US AID – Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance – www.usaid.gov
  • Department For International Development (DFID) – www.dfid.gov.uk