United States donates $3.6 mil. in modular shelters, rescue boats, and construction materials for Hurricane response

United States donates $3.6 mil. in modular shelters, rescue boats, and construction materials for Hurricane response
U.S. Chargé d'Affaires John McNamara (left) greets Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance K. Peter Turnquest (right) and Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction, Iram Lewis (far left) at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force base in Coral Harbour.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Embassy of the United States in Nassau delivered $3.6 million dollars-worth of modular shelters, medical evacuation boats, and construction materials to The Ministry for Disaster Preparedness, Management, and Reconstruction just in time for peak hurricane season.

Chargé d’Affaires John McNamara delivered the donation to Minister for Disaster Preparedness, Management, and Reconstruction, Iram Lewis on Friday – just over two weeks after the first anniversary of Hurricane Dorian.

The governments of the United States and The Bahamas continue to cooperate on disaster preparedness and COVID-19 response at the highest levels.

This donation is the latest addition to what is now nearly $38 million in assistance from the United States to disaster recovery in The Bahamas since Hurricane Dorian.

(L-R) NEMA Director Captain Stephen Russell, Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction, Iram Lewis, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires John McNamara, and U.S. Senior Defense Official Commander Kevin Self discuss the U.S.-Bahamas partnership on disaster preparedness at the NEMA warehouse at the RBDF’s Coral Harbour base. The United States donated the warehouse to NEMA in 2002. (photos courtesy of U.S. Embassy Nassau)

Upon delivering the donation, Chargé McNamara said: “Today’s event represents the enduring spirit of friendship between the United States and The Bahamas and our shared commitment to save lives when disaster strikes.”

The United States (through U.S. Northern Command—NORTHCOM) provided The Bahamas with a $3.5 million-dollar modular shelter system.

The system can accommodate up to 400 people and includes two kitchens and six latrine/shower units, all of which can be deployed together or separately among several affected islands.

A state-of-the-art field kitchen unit—part of a 400-person capacity modular shelter system.

The modular units will allow the government to quickly provide shelter to displaced citizens, or to provide accommodation to disaster response personnel in the wake of a hurricane.

Additionally, the United States donated 12 medical evacuation boats and related equipment—including litters, life vests, and trailers—that will help The Bahamas respond quickly to life-threatening floods following a hurricane.

One of 12 red rescue boats state-of-the-art rescue boats.

These specialized craft are unsinkable, rust-proof polyethylene boats with 40hp engines that can reach 20-25 knots in normal conditions and carry up to 12 people (or 2,500 lbs. of cargo).

The boats will go to the islands of Grand Bahama, Bimini, Abaco, Eleuthera, Andros, New Providence, Great Exuma, Cat Island, Long Island, Crooked Island, Acklins, and Mayaguana, all of which have received flood water rescue training from U.S. Northern Command.

Finally, the United States is providing construction materials to contribute to the repairs of 12 existing shelters on Grand Bahama damaged during Dorian.

These materials will supplement repairs already underway by the Ministry for Disaster Preparedness, Management, and Reconstruction.

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Bahamas is always so stuck on EU and Canada but in the end who really is there for them 90% of the time is the USA and the tourists that visit them too, be more loving and grateful of Americans, we are your fellas ❤️

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