Community Disaster Management 

Antigua & Barbuda Red Cross conducts Barbuda Site Visit with IFRC Regional Director and Governor General

The Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross along with Regional Director of the International Federation of The Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) in the Americas, Walter Cotte, Peter Cuffy, acting Director of the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross (ABRC) Barbuda Branch, Emrick John, Acting Chairperson Barbuda Council The Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, Sir Rodney Williams, his wife, Her Excellency Lady Sandra Williams along with other delegates from the IFRC, ABRC and Local Media travelled to Barbuda to conduct site visits. The delegation was flown to the sister isle…

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Community Disaster Management 

Over Two Thousand Family Packets Distributed to Barbudans

Two thousand, one hundred and twelve family packets, containing food and toiletries among other items have been distributed so far to Barbudans who have been affected by Hurricane Irma. The figure has been confirmed by Warehouse Manager at the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) Dion Browne, who says that since the Barbudans were relocated to Antigua, there has been a steady stream of traffic daily at the NODS headquarters on American Road. The items which form part of the aid packets are donated by the government, regional and international…

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Community Disaster Management 

Antigua & Barbuda Red Cross Partners to Conduct Shelter Aid Assessment in Barbuda

To ensure that aid is distributed in an effective and impactful way, The Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross (ABRC) partnered with Shelter Box, an organization that believes in shelter as a human right – that shelter from the chaos of disaster and conflict is vital, The National Office of Disaster Services (NODS), The Barbuda Council and members of the Barbudan Community to conduct a Shelter Aid Assessment in Barbuda. The main objective of the assessment, which took place from the 7th – 8th of October, was to identify and mark…

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Disaster Management Tourism 

Barbuda Fundraiser at Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Beach Shack Pop-up in London

To help with the Barbuda relief efforts, the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority (UK Office) partnered with the Archer Street Cocktail Bar on a UK based fundraiser evening. Held at the Antigua and Barbuda Beach Shack in Archer Street on the closing night of the five-month pop-up, the raffle and auction prizes helped to raise £12,664.23 which will go directly to the High Commission’s Relief Aid.0 British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Carlisle Bay Resort, The Inn at English Harbour and Sheer Rocks restaurant all contributed with generous prizes for the auction. Other…

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Community Disaster Management 

Barbuda Council meets with Hurricane Response Committee

As long as the State of Emergency exists on Barbuda, all persons traveling to and from Barbuda to clean up or repair their homes or to participate in the general restoration and rebuilding process do not have to pay transport fees. This was declared by Health and Environment Minister Molwyn Joseph on Monday (October 2nd, 2017) at a special meeting attended by members of the Barbuda Council and the Hurricane Response National Coordinating Committee. Five of nine elected members of the Council, representing both the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party…

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CARICOM Disaster Management Foreign Affairs Regional News 

Antigua and Barbuda stands in full solidarity with Dominica

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda the Hon. Gaston Browne has given a pledge to stand in solidarity with his friend and colleague Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of the Commonwealth of Dominica, as that country grapples with the rebuilding process following the devastation caused by the passage of Hurricane Maria two weeks ago. Prime Minister Browne made the pledge during a visit to Dominica on Sunday, accompanied by Trinidadian and International soca star Machel Montano, members of his management team and officials from the Christian Charity Samaritan Purse. “I am standing…

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Community Disaster Management Environment Housing Safety 

PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES FOR HOMEOWNERS IN BARBUDA

Subsequent to the lifting of the mandatory evacuation order for Barbuda, many Barbudans are expected to return to the island. While it is the right of Barbudans to return to their community, the Ministry of Health & the Environment is cautioning the returning residents to appreciate that basic medical and utility services are still at a minimum and that every effort must be made to minimize the health and safety risks that are often associated with hazardous conditions associated with the passing of a hurricane. The Ministry is also advising…

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Disaster Management Regional News 

Our Neighbour’s Keeper The UWI response to the Caribbean disaster

During the past month the Caribbean has been pummelled by two catastrophic category 5 hurricanes: Irma and Maria. The aftermath of these hurricanes has been the loss of lives and significant damage to infrastructure across several Caribbean islands. The University of the West Indies (The UWI), has been working closely with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), as well as Heads of Government to mobilise its resources and expertise to provide support and relief. Hurricane Irma, with maximum sustained winds near 185 mph on September 5, 2017, impacted the…

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Business Disaster Management 

C&W Communications (C&W), a Liberty Global company, today announced the first two partner organizations – ShelterBox and Rotary International1 – of the newly formed Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation to execute immediate relief and recovery activities in the countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. ShelterBox, an international disaster relief charity specializing in providing emergency shelter for vulnerable families who have lost everything after natural disasters and conflicts; and Rotary International, a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change…

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Business Disaster Management 

DIGICEL PLEDGES TO HELP REBUILD DOMINICA IN THE WAKE OF HURRICANE MARIA

Digicel is committing to help the people of Dominica to rebuild in the wake of the devastating category five hit from Hurricane Maria. On a visit to the island on Tuesday to see the damage first hand and establish how Digicel can assist in kick starting the country’s recovery, Digicel Chairman and founder, Denis O’Brien, met with The Honourable Mr. Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica, to offer Digicel’s support. As such, Digicel will concentrate on three key areas in the south east region of Dominica; the Kalinago Territory, La…

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