The strong partnership between the U.S. Government, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), U.S. Northern Command and USAID was on display Monday, March 13, with the U.S. donation of 28 generators, six reverse osmosis systems and numerous safety equipment items valued at $600,000.
The generators (which will be installed with automatic transfer switches, carbon monoxide sensors and fire extinguishers) will go to shelters on seven Family Islands: Abaco, Acklins, Andros, Cat Island, Crooked Island, Exuma and Mayaguana.
The six easily transportable reverse osmosis systems will be deployed to remote areas for the rapid production of potable water for general use.
“We know that the work done now is just as important as the work that’s yet to come. We’re here now, and we’ll always be here; ready to help, side-by-side with our Bahamian neighbors,” said Lance Posey, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the brief donation ceremony held at NEMA’s Gladstone Road headquarters.
“Since the passage of hurricane Dorian, the Bahamian government has worked assiduously to address all aspects of disaster management,” said Myles Laroda, Minister of State with responsibility for disaster risk reduction.
“Undoubtedly, these donations of equipment and supplies will go a long way in helping to enhance our emergency response efforts, and by extension, helping to provide relief to affected residents as well as visitors, most of whom are U.S. citizens.”
Jon Smart, U.S. Northern Command’s International Engagement and Acquisition Division Chief, noted the timeliness of the handover as the hurricane season approaches. “This capacity building initiative,” he said, “is proof of a great partnership.”
“Northern Command is proud of the relationship we have with this great nation. It is a relationship that has grown over the last few years, which is due in no small part to the superb leadership within the administration and the hard work of the Bahamian people.”