Development Disaster Disaster Management 

A local charity group donates Over EC$500,000 worth of Building Materials to NODS

Over 500 thousand EC dollars-worth of building materials have been donated to the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) for repairs and reconstruction of buildings both on Antigua and Barbuda following the damage caused by Hurricane Irma last year. The James and Maginley Charity and Care Foundation handed over the materials to Director of NODS Philmore Mullin on Wednesday at the Antigua Port Authority. Chairman of the Foundation Casroy James says after enquiring of the needs of NODS a few months ago one of the group’s partners made the contribution…

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Charity Disaster Disaster Management 

Barbuda Recovery Gets EC$115,000.00 from FirstCaribbean Bank

A brief ceremony was held at the Office of the Minister of Barbuda Affairs Hon. Dean Jonas this morning (Tues), to hand over a Cheque to assist with the post-Irma rehabilitation Programme on the sister island of Barbuda. Country Manager of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, Glen Smith said that following the devastating hurricanes of Irma and Maria, the institution has taken the decision to donate US$450,000 towards disaster recovery efforts in the region. He said FirstCaribbean’s operations in several islands were impacted to include the British Virgin Islands, Turks and…

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Carnival Charity Community Development Disaster Disaster Management Education 

Aid for Devastated Barbuda school

On 8th May a visit was arranged by the Antigua and Barbuda High Commission to Barbuda with the purpose of presenting a number of necessary items to help the Sir McChesney George Secondary School in Barbuda. As we are all aware, the island was devastated by Hurricane Irma last September. Recovery efforts are on-going and a number of Barbudans are returning home and facing a daunting task of re-settlement given that many properties are roofless and many others completely devastated. Her Excellency Karen-Mae Hill, the Antigua and Barbuda High Commissioner in…

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Development Disaster Disaster Management Foreign Affairs 

Antigua and Barbuda and the Russian Federation sign agreement for financial assistance to Barbuda Recovery

The Governments of Antigua and Barbuda and the Russian Federation, on Tuesday signed a Direct Funding Arrangement for humanitarian financial assistance, to assist in the rebuilding effort in Barbuda which was destroyed by Hurricane Irma Under the agreement, the Government of the Russian Federation will provide USD $200, 000 to finance activities aimed at the recovery of Barbuda. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honourable Charles Fernandez, who signed the agreement on behalf of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, thanked the Government of the Russian Federation for the significant contribution towards…

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Crime & Police Disaster 

Two Individuals arrested in connection with stolen Hurricane Relief Items

The Ministry of Social Transformation and Human Resource Development on Saturday announced that following a routine inspection of the hurricane relief items donated to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, a number of items were discovered missing from the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) storage facility on American Road. Subsequently, the Ministry conducted an investigation which resulted in two individuals being arrested by the police. The Ministry of Social Transformation and Human Resource Development takes note of this development and advises that it will be re-evaluating its procedures and…

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Disaster Disaster Management 

Barbuda “Building Back Better Workshop” targets construction industry professionals

In aid of Barbuda crisis recovery efforts, the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will present a technical workshop on Friday 8th December at Halcyon Cove. The workshop is Entitled “Building Back Better: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma”. This capacity building event invites construction industry professionals to gain knowledge of comprehensive information gathered from the Building Damage Assessment (BDA) undertaken in Barbuda during November with support from numerous partners from the public and private sectors from…

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Climate Change Disaster Disaster Management 

Phase Two of Barbuda Cleanup to Start Soon

Phase One of the Barbuda Cleanup is almost complete.  The mosquito problem is under control. Stagnant water has been treated and removed from most areas. Measures have been taken to control the rodent population. Most debris has been removed from public roads and other public areas. The dead animals issue has been treated and mainly eradicated. In addition, the Hanna Thomas hospital was cleaned up and the undamaged part is now being used by EMS as a medical post. Health and Environment Minister Molwyn Joseph visited Barbuda on Monday, September…

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Disaster Disaster Management 

Government Issues Voluntary Evacuation Order and imposed a State of Emergency for Barbuda

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda on Thursday imposed a State of Emergency on Barbuda and a Voluntary Evacuation Order. Cabinet decided, in light of the destruction on the island of Barbuda caused by Hurricane Irma, to declare a State of Emergency for Barbuda only. The declaration of a State of Emergency in Barbuda is necessary for the Government to protect life and property there and to allow authorities to carry out necessary work for the immediate safety of the island and its rehabilitation, including the attraction of disaster relief…

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Disaster Disaster Management Regional News Regional Travel & Tourism 

LIAT Announces 26 Flight Disruptions Due to Hurricane Jose

LIAT wishes to advise passengers that due to effects of the passage of Hurricane Irma and impending passage of Hurricane Jose that several destinations have been affected. A Hurricane watch is in effect for Antigua & Barbuda. A Tropical Storm watch is in effect for St. Kitts and Nevis. As a result of the closure of several airports in the northern part of the network as well in the interest of the safety of our passengers and crew, several flights have been cancelled. Please note that the following flights have…

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Disaster Disaster Management 

Jose to Become Major Hurricane by Friday

Jose expected to become a major hurricane by Friday, with watches issued for the northern Leeward Islands. At 11:00am ECT or 1500z the center of hurricane Jose was located near latitude 14.9 north, longitude 50.6 west or about 715 miles east of the lesser Antilles. Jose is moving toward the west-northwest at 18 miles per hour. This general motion is expected to continue with a slight decrease in forward speed during the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds are near 90 mph with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next 48…

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