Development Disaster Management Politics 

Prime Minister Gaston Browne Says BPM Council “Too embarrassed to come” at Post Disaster Aid Ceremony

As the Antigua and Barbuda China- Aid Post-Disaster Roof Restoration Initiative comes to an end, Prime Minister Gaston Browne reaffirmed his commitment to the continued development and reconstruction of Barbuda. The People’s Republic of China was one of the first diplomatic responders to the disaster Barbuda faced after the passage of Hurricane Irma in September 2017. The PRC, through their China Aid, contributed US$2 million towards the repairing rooftops of homes damaged by the hurricane. This contribution was in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the National Office…

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Development Disaster Management Utilities 

Over 3 Million Dollars Spent on APUA in Barbuda

Accountability on the reconstruction of Barbuda post Hurricane Irma continued in Cabinet on Wednesday, July 11th. According to Cabinet notes, the Government is said to have spent in excess of EC$3 million on the reconstruction of APUA’s services in the sister isle. The monies are said to have been spent on the replacement of a number of wires, poles, pipes and other infrastructures used by APUA for the delivery of their services. According to notes from the Cabinet brief, “All of APUA’s supplies, intended for storage in the event of…

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Disaster Management 

Japanese government installs community disaster response storage units and weather stations

A 10 million Japanese yen grant aid project continues to be realized in Antigua and Barbuda with the installation of community disaster response storage units and weather stations in several communities. Two of the storage units, known as BOKOMI stations, were recently erected at the Police Headquarters as part of a training session conducted by Japanese Engineer Masayuki Aoki (o-kee) with District Disaster Coordinators. The District Disaster Coordinators will then be responsible for the construction of another 15 units in their respective districts, including Barbuda. In addition to the storage…

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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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Disaster Management 

Shelter Recovery Programme by the Red Cross Getting Barbudans back into functional homes

The new Shelter Recovery Programme (SRP) by the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross (ABRC) is helping Barbudans to purchase and install needed housing fixtures to get their houses geared for the 2018 Hurricane Season. The SRP was developed as part of the Red Cross’ effort to assist in the recovery of Barbuda while coordinating with the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) other humanitarian organizations in operation in Barbuda such as Samaritan’s Purse and Barbuda Recovery and Conversation Trust (BRCT) that have assisted with the recovery. To maximize effort, the…

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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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Community Development Disaster Management 

Child-friendly Space Created in Barbuda Shelter

As part of the Post-Irma response and recovery, the Hon. Minister, Ministry of Social Transformation and Human Resource Development, Samantha N. Marshall, commissioned the establishment of a child-friendly space within the shelter through the Directorate of Gender Affairs, Antigua Barbuda. The mural was painted by young Barbudans, art students from the Christ the King High School and local artist, Rhonda Williams. Through collaboration with the Ministry of Social Transformation, UNICEF and other agencies, children within the shelter enjoy a playroom for therapy in addition to continued access to trauma-related psychosocial support services.

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Community Disaster Management 

Two hundred roofs repaired on Barbuda

Two hundred homes on the sister-isle Barbuda with damage ranging from levels 1 to 3 have had their roofs repaired so far. That’s according to Operations Officer for the National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC), Major Alando Michael. Major Michael notes that presently there are ten contractors on the ground and it is anticipated that another 40 homes will be completed in the next two weeks. According to Major Michael, the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) received building materials on Friday with more expected over the coming week. So far,…

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Development Disaster Management 

Regional Team to Assist in Barbuda Rebuilding Efforts

A 25-member regional team will be on island next week to assist with the rebuilding efforts on Barbuda. The National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) will receive assistance from a 12-member delegation from Jamaica, along with 13 individuals from the Regional Security System (RSS). They will join a ten-member Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force team that is already carrying out work in Barbuda along with local contractors. Focus is now being placed on homes categorized as Levels One and Two – those that received minor damage, public buildings and properties…

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