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JDF disaster assistance team deployed to Dominica

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has mobilised its 120-man strong Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), which is being deployed to Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in three phases between today and tomorrow.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who made the disclosure, said the move is in keeping with Jamaica's commitment to Dominica and the team will be assisting with:

• the security and distribution of relief supplies;
• the provision of limited medical care;
• basic engineering work with light tools and equipment (inclusive of debris removal and construction of improvised shelters);
• logistics management;
• conducting damage assessments and;
• recovery planning.

“We have also committed to supporting the Government of Dominica with a four-man technical and advisory support team led by Colonel Jamie O'Gilvie, as they seek to restore the integrity of their national security systems, and plan for the recovery and rebuilding of their nation,” Holness explained.

He said Jamaica has always leaned forward to help neighbours in need, and alongside the Office of the Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), the JDF has always delivered this capability on behalf of the people and Government of Jamaica.

Meanwhile, Holness also announced that the Government has committed to making cash contributions of the Jamaican equivalent of US$100,000 to the redevelopment funds for Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica.

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