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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Disaster Management Foreign Affairs 

Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Mounts Bay to Visit Antigua on Tuesday Feb. 6

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Mounts Bay will pay a visit to Antigua on Tuesday 6th February 2018. RFA Mounts Bay provided rapid and very effective support during the 2017 hurricane season, delivering much needed humanitarian aid to devastated British Overseas Territories and Dominica after hurricanes Irma and Maria. The UK maintains a year-round naval presence in the Caribbean to provide a rapid response to any emergency in the British Overseas Territories and independent nations of the region. RFA Mounts Bay is currently embarking upon a Wider Regional Engagement…

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Disaster Management 

Barbudans Briefed on Recovery Operations Since Hurricane Irma

The National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) has given ample opportunities for Barbuda Council members to obtain information on the operations in Barbuda following Hurricane Irma. Meetings are held at the NODS office where information is shared freely on what is happening on the sister-isle and council members are free to attend. Some council members have attended the meetings while some have not. Director of NODS Philmore Mullin says NODS does not hide any information from councilors and the office does not wish to be drawn into any squabble between…

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Disaster Management Politics 

NODS Director Speaks on Barbuda Council’s Military Clash on Tuesday

Director of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) Philmore Mullin says the confrontation Tuesday between Barbuda Council members and military officers in Barbuda over use of the Council Office was unnecessary. It was reported that the council members arrived at the office demanding to have a meeting in the building which has been under repairs after the passage of Hurricane Irma. Mullin says it is unnecessary to have this type of situation as NODS is in the business of solving problems. He says if a meeting is required, a…

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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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Disaster Management 

Barbudans Recieve Two Containers of Household Donations

The High Commission Office in London, through High Commissioner Karen Mae-Hill, has facilitated the donation of two containers of supplies to the recovery process in Antigua and Barbuda. The containers of household items, to include mattresses and bedding, table ware, kitchen and bathroom accessories among others, were handed over on Tuesday to the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS). The items were sourced from Shop Direct in London, who was among the first to respond to a letter of appeal sent by High Commissioner Hill. According to the High Commissioner’s…

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Disaster Management 

Canadian Government Providing EC One Hundred Thousand Dollars to Barbuda Relief

The Canadian government is providing 100 thousand EC dollars towards the Barbuda relief following Hurricane Irma and is looking to further support the reconstruction programme on the sister-isle. High Commissioner of Canada to Antigua and Barbuda Her Excellency Marie Legault made the announcement Thursday during a signing ceremony with NODS Director Philmore Mullin at the office on American Road. High Commissioner Legault said the funds were earmarked for meeting the needs of Barbudan evacuees. In addition, Canada will contribute 200 thousand EC dollars for reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Barbuda…

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