United States help Barbados to minimise aftermath of Hurricane Tomas – U.S. Embassy Donates Chainsaws to Department of Emergency Management

You’ve come in at a time when we needed you – once again.”

This was the praise from Director of the Department of Emergency Management Judy Thomas to the United States Embassy for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean on Tuesday as the Embassy presented DEM with 12 chainsaws, worth BD$19,000.

Charge D’affaires of the U.S. Embassy, Dr. Brent Hardt (second from left) speaking at the donation while Director of the Department of Emergency Management Judy Thomas (right), USAID Director James Goggin (second from right) and DEM’s Director of Operations Robert Harewood (right) pay attention.

Thomas noted that the donation will be put to use as early as this weekend when the official clean-up effort from Tropical Storm Tomas gets started, as a combined effort between DEM and several other agencies.

Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy, D. Brent Hardt noted that the contribution was part of a larger relief effort the Embassy had mobilized to assist in the wake of Tomas, with US$207,700 in cash and supplies contributed last week in St. Vincent and St. Lucia.

He said the U.S. Government was pleased to be able “to make a tangible contribution” to the recovery effort in Barbados: “In communicating with our partners at the DEM, we became aware that this was something that was urgently needed to assist in continuing island-wide clean-up efforts, but was in short supply.”

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