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Disaster Management 

UK Military Ship Positioned and Ready to Assist the Region

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Mounts Bay arrived in Barbados today for a brief one day refuelling visit, before departing to assist Eastern Caribbean islands as they brace for the arrival of Hurricane Isaac. This assurance was given by Commanding Officer of the RFA Mounts Bay, Captain Peter Selby. He said, “We have come to Barbados to refuel and top up our stores, before we position ourselves to render assistance wherever it might be needed.” RFA Mounts Bay’s primary task is to provide enhanced security and support to the UK Overseas…

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Sandals Foundation Helps to Rebuild Barbuda School

The Holy Trinity Primary School in Barbuda is currently undergoing full renovation woks with the generous support of the Sandals Foundation, which had committed to sustained recovery support to the hurricane ravished island. All three schools in Barbuda were damaged by Hurricane Irma last September. As a result, most of the children from the sister-isle were transferred to educational facilities in Antigua. The US$50,000 (EC$135,000) exercise at the Holy Trinity Primary School, is being undertaken in partnership with the school’s principal and teachers, the Barbuda council and the Sandals Foundation.…

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Disaster Management 

Efforts to Reduce Barbudan Residence at Barrymore Hotel to Commence Shortly

The National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) has set a deadline of September 7 to see how best the number of Barbuda residents now living at the Barrymore Hotel can be reduced. This follows a meeting last evening (Tues.) with the residents at the Hotel which was attended by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works, other personnel from the ministry and Director of NODS Philmore Mullin. It was revealed that along with Barbudans who evacuated from the sister-isle after Hurricane Irma last year, some individuals, who are employed,…

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Disaster Management 

Barbudans Given final Notice to Relocate from Shelter

Barbuda residents who have been staying at the National Technical Training Centre (NTTC) have until Friday to find alternative accommodation. The remaining families at the facility have the opportunity to move back to Barbuda or secure their own housing here in Antigua. The Sports Complex on the sister-isle, which has been earmarked as a shelter, has been accommodating persons whose properties there were destroyed. The National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) has provided transportation to those individuals returning to Barbuda. Two deadlines have passed for individuals staying at the NTTC…

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Development Disaster Management 

EU Supports Housing Reconstruction In Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda and the European Union (EU) have signed an agreement for EUR 5 Million (EC 15.7 Million) to support the reconstruction of houses in Barbuda after hurricane Irma. The support was allocated from the emergency reserves of the European Development Fund, and comes on top of the country’s cooperation programmes with the EU. The programme, entitled “Housing Support to Barbuda after Hurricane Irma” will be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and aims to rebuild to higher resilience standards 150 houses in Barbuda, following strict and…

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Disaster Management 

British High Commission donates medical supplies to Antigua and Barbuda

Medical supplies and equipment to the tune of one million EC dollars were handed over this morning to the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) for use mainly at the Hanna Thomas Hospital in Barbuda. Communications Officer with the British High Commission Brent Scotland made the presentation to NODS Director Philmore Mullin. Also present were Resident Medical Doctor in Barbuda Dr. Jeremy Deazle and Medical Officer of Health Dr. Oritta Zechariah from the Ministry of Health. The items included hospital beds, wheel chairs, urine bags, bed pans, incubator, dressings, syringes,…

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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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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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