U.S. Government donates $10M to support disaster preparedness

U.S. Government donates $10M to support disaster preparedness
RBDF Captain Glenn McPhee (left), Captain of Coral Harbour, gives a tour of Coral Harbour to Major General Jenkins following a ceremony commemorating the donation of $2.5 million in armories, communication equipment, and SAFE Boat supplies to the Defence Force.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The United States government is committed to helping The Bahamas prepare for future disasters.

U.S. Maj. Gen. Connie Jenkins, the Director of Logistics and Engineering from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), visited Nassau last week to participate in a recognition ceremony of recently donated supplies.

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Usha Pitts and Major General Connie Jenkins discuss ongoing bilateral logistics and engineering security cooperation efforts with Commodore Dr. Raymond King.

Donated material included a field hospital, temporary shelters, communication equipment, transportable armories, generators, and flood-water rescue boats valued at approximately $5 million.

This equipment gives The Bahamas the ability to rapidly deploy necessary supplies from New Providence to the Family Islands for humanitarian and disaster response.

“One of the things that we focus extensively on with our partner nations is working on different avenues within logistics and engineering to make everyone more resilient, especially when it comes to things like crises, storms, and climate issues,” said Maj. Gen. Jenkins.

During Jenkins’ visit, she discussed with Bahamian military leaders ways to address gender-related challenges and disparities in disaster response operations and humanitarian assistance.

Both USNORTHCOM and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) have made significant efforts to increase gender equity within their respective forces.

Major General Jenkins celebrates the achievements of senior ranking female officers and enlisted personnel in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.

Jenkins reportedly mentioned in her meetings with the RBDF and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), empowering women benefits everyone in society.

“The rising tide lifts all boats.”

The equipment donations represent half of the $10 million USNORTHCOM has given The Bahamas in 2022 as part of greater security cooperation efforts.

During the pandemic, USNORTHCOM provided The Bahamas with diagnostic systems, ventilators, and ultra-low temperature freezers. This assistance from the United States demonstrates its ongoing commitment to bolster The Bahamas’ disaster response and humanitarian assistance capabilities.