Environment Canada

Environment Canada

June 18, 2010 15:00 ET

Environment Canada Provides Support to Help Haiti's National Meteorological Service Rebuild Weather Forecasting Capacity

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 18, 2010) - Environment Canada, in coordination with our international colleagues at Météo-France, has helped the Government of Haiti launch their first public meteorological website. The website carries information on weather warnings, alerts, weather bulletins and a five-day weather outlook from the National Meteorological Centre of Haiti (NMC).

"This new website will not only help people stay informed about potentially hazardous weather, but it will give Haitian emergency and security officials, the United Nations, and non-governmental organizations access to vital weather information and advanced warning about impending severe weather," said the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Environment.

On January 12 of this year, Canadians watched along with the rest of the world as Haiti and its people were hit by a devastating earthquake that took many lives and left others without homes, schools and places of work.

The Government of Canada has since been committed to supporting Haiti in their emergency relief and rebuilding effort.

"Canada will continue to work in close collaboration with the Haitian Government and our international partners to help rebuild Haiti into a country that offers both social and economic opportunities for future generations," said the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

One of the key areas that quickly had to be addressed following the earthquake was ensuring that Haitians were given more advanced warning in the face of similar natural disasters. Environment Canada's Meteorological Service immediately began working with the World Meteorological Organization and other international partners to help Haiti's NMC rebuild its capacity to adequately respond to severe weather, especially during the country's hurricane season which lasts each year from June to November. 

In addition to the website, Environment Canada has Canadian forecasters that will work in the region to help support the NMC in the development, production and dissemination of weather observations, forecasts and warnings. Environment Canada has also sent computer equipment, fax machines, and printers to facilitate this operation.

"My department is committed to our work in Haiti and will continue to ensure that Haiti's NMC is equipped with the capacities and expertise it needs, as the country prepares for the rainy and hurricane season," added Minister Prentice.

For Environment Canada's latest weather information please visit: www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/.

For more information on the Haitian National Meteorological Centre please visit its website at: www.meteo-haiti.gouv.ht.

For more information about the World Meteorological Organization, please visit: www.wmo.ch/wmd/.

Canada's Environment Minister Twitter page: http://twitter.com/jimprentice   

Environment Canada's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/environmentcan

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Contact Information

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    Frederic Baril
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