ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS FORT LEAVENWORTH United States
The Caribbean is predisposed to natural and man-made disasters and exacerbated by local conditions. Disasters can have debilitating economic and social impacts on small island nations. Civilian disaster response is quickly overwhelmed in large emergencies. Militaries fill this gap by providing unique capabilities to the disaster relief effort. Trinidad and Tobagos national disaster response involves the TTDF as a secondary responder. This thesis answered the question what gaps exist in the ability of the TTDF to provide logistics support in response to Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations. This thesis examined Hurricane Ivan 2004, Hurricane Katrina 2005, Haiti earthquake 2010 and Hurricane Mathew 2016 against six criteria the extent of damage and what was required types of responses who responded elements of success elements of failure and the ability of the nation to respond. This study suggested amendments to the National Response Framework, areas for TTDF improved capability, areas for study, and implementation.