Sint Maarten Government Works on Disaster Financing Strategies in Interactive Game Experience ‘Hurricane Hurry’

Sint Maarteners and Caribbean delegates participated in an interactive game on disaster risk management at the 11th Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency Conference on Tuesday, December 3rd. The game helped government officials think through financial decisions needed to prepare for and respond to natural disasters and was organized by the World Bank.

 The ‘Hurricane Hurry’ interactive game session

When needs are great, resources are limited, and there is pressure to act fast, financial decisions and trade-offs become more complex. The ‘Hurricane Hurry’ interactive game session helped government officials learn about developing Disaster Risk Finance strategies. During the game, players face choices like engaging in a contingency loan or opting for insurance.

“I very much recognize the sense of urgency and the pressure to act fast during a hurricane. Also, the element of chance is integrated in the game experience. The uncertainty of when, if, and how a hurricane hits is well simulated by the game,” said a Sint Maarten Government delegate partaking in the interactive experience.

Presenter Rashmin Gunasekera commented, “By presenting the issues faced by governments in case of disaster in an interactive game, these situations come to life. Experiencing the problems and decisions to be made, even if simulated, that arise in the event of a natural disaster has proven to increase alertness, adaptivity, and awareness for participants. The game is also designed for government officials outside of the Finance Department to familiarize them with governmental financial concerns and strategies during unforeseen emergency conditions.”

The workshop was part of the 11th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM), hosted in collaboration with the Government of Sint Maarten. The objectives of this edition of the conference included promoting youth empowerment in safeguarding communities and facilitating exchanges and knowledge sharing on CDM-related research, tools, models, products, information and educational materials. Since the hosting of the first conference in 2006, the event has gained recognition as the premier Disaster Risk Management forum within the Caribbean region. The conference has showcased best practices emerging from CDEMA’s 18 Participating States and identified opportunities for protecting livelihoods and economies.

Sint Maarteners and Caribbean delegates participated in an interactive game on disaster risk management at the 11th Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency Conference