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ANSWERED on Fri 29 Sep 2017 - 2:42 pm UTC by JD Umiat

Question: How is the world coming to the aid of Dominica?

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 28 Sep 2017 13:49 UTCThu 28 Sep 2017 - 1:49 pm UTC 

With all the catastrophic hurricane events having gone on recently in the Caribbean (and it may not be over) I have been wondering how the world community is responding. Naturally media reports from many of these areas will be sparse as most infrastructure is down.

Islands such as Dominica (pop. 72,000) and Barbuda (pop. 1200) have been razed and truly devastated. I am sure their needs are beyond our imagination. Other islands such as Puerto Rico, BVI, Saint Martin / Sint Maarten etc experienced similar damage however they each have wealthy “parent” nations to aid in their recovery.

My question is how is the global community coming to the aid of the small independent nations such as Dominica?




JD Umiat 


 29 Sep 2017 14:42 UTCFri 29 Sep 2017 - 2:42 pm UTC 

Hi, Brudenell!

 This is a serious question that deserves a serious answer. Here are the latest news links concerning the foreign aid going to Dominica, in particular.

United States

Working through the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), the Government of the United States committed USD$100,000 to provide immediate humanitarian assistance, and will be working closely with the Dominica Red Cross to address the most critical needs. According to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), 100 percent  of the country was affected by Maria’s Category 4 fury, with approximately 56,890 persons impacted.

USAID/OFDA has disaster management assistance personnel on the ground to support needs assessment and response coordination. Additional staff will be deployed as soon as conditions allow. The team will continue to monitor and assess the situation in consultation with Dominica’s Office of Disaster Management, the Dominica Red Cross, CDEMA, U.N. Agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations, and other donors. USAID/OFDA will also explore future assistance based on emerging needs.

Days after assisting Antigua and Barbuda following the deadly passage of Hurricane Irma, the United States Government is providing humanitarian assistance to the island of Dominica. On Monday night the country faced a direct hit from Hurricane Maria, a catastrophic category 5 storm and the most powerful to make landfall in its recorded history. Dominicans are today reeling from the onslaught which resulted in widespread flooding; communications, power, and water outages, and significant property damages or loss. A significant number of structures suffered serious damage throughout the country. The island’s main hospital, the Prime Minister’s official residence, and many other structures lost their roofs. Other buildings were completely destroyed.


USS WASP arrives in Dominica to support U.S. disaster assistance mission

 U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) directed the U.S. Navy amphibious ship USS Wasp to the Leeward Islands, where it will support U.S. State Department assistance to U.S. citizens in Dominica, as well as U.S. foreign disaster assistance requested by Caribbean nations impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria and led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

The ship’s arrival will expand the mission of Joint Task Force-Leeward Islands (JTF-LI), which deployed to San Juan, Puerto Rico Sept. 9 to support U.S. relief operations in St. Martin. To date, the task force has purified more than 22,000 gallons and distributed more than 7,000 gallons of water, delivered nine water purification systems, as well as high-capacity forklifts and vehicles to help the Dutch and French governments offload and distribute aid to the island’s residents.

USS Wasp arrived off the coast of Dominica today with two embarked SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters, bringing the total military helicopters flying missions for the task force to 10.


Miami Businessman Organizes Relief for Hurricane-Ravaged Dominica


US Soldiers Aid Dominica Evacuees After Hurricane Maria

All smiles as the US Navy and Marines helped to evacuate people from Dominica in the wake of Hurricane Maria on September 27. The evacuees were being taken to island airports and then to the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe, the Navy said.

The Navy also said that the Department of Defense is supporting United States Agency for International Developmen, the lead federal agency, in helping those affected by Hurricane Maria to minimize suffering and is one component of the overall whole-of-government response effort.

The US military is supporting the United States Agency for International Development in its work following the hurricane. The USS Wasp arrived in the region on September 7 in the wake of Hurricane Irma and has remained to provide relief. The soldiers are conducting search and rescue operations on Dominica and have delivered 2,000 pounds of food, a news report said.


Canadian warship brings aid, assistance to Dominica


EU Disburses EC$806,000 in Humanitarian Aid to Dominica

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION’S (CMC) | Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) is providing EC$806 000 in emergency humanitarian aid to Dominica, following the severe destruction caused by Hurricane Maria earlier this week.

The relief will address urgent needs and will include basic kits for survival, clean water and food, construction material and fuel, as well as additional logistical support to reach isolated communities. In a statement on Friday, the EU said a humanitarian expert in rapid response is already in Dominica while additional EU humanitarian technical assistance is scheduled to arrive shortly to support the national authorities to deliver relief to the population.

In the aftermath of the devastation, to date the European Union Member States of the United Kingdom, Belgium and France have already offered in-kind assistance that will be channelled through the same European Civil Protection Mechanism.

Trinidad and Tobago

Coast Guard provides swift aid to Dominica

As part of ongoing relief efforts to assist hurricane-devastated Dominica, the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) is calling on public interested in donating clothing, non-perishable food and other supplies to drop off at designated points.

This according to a release issued by the TTDF today (Thursday), in which it officially announced that at 7.45 am on Wednesday, the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) vessel, TTS Moruga CG 27, departed Staubles Bay, Chaguaramas, bound for Dominica with relief supplies and personnel.



The Venezuelan government is currently preparing to send 18 tons of humanitarian aid to its neighbor. Dominican Senator Jahisiah Benoit, who was in Caracas attending the "We Are All Venezuela" summit thanked the Bolivarian Revolution for its immediate and substantial response to his country's call for help.



Venezuela was among the first responders after Hurricane Maria left the island of Dominica devastated in its wake.

On September 20, the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela deployed a Cougar helicopter and a Y8 model military cargo plane, carrying 18 tons of relief supplies and personnel, to assist Dominica in its recovery efforts. However, persisting adverse weather conditions in addition to the inaccessibility of both airports and roads made it impossible for the military aircrafts to land in Dominica.

The Hewanorra International Airport in Saint Lucia became the operational base for ferrying the relief supplies to Dominica. This humanitarian airlift has produced significant results and many people on the ravaged island have benefited



The Salvation Army in Antigua has sent food and cleaning items to Dominica to assist persons most impacted by Hurricane Maria. The items were air freighted yesterday as the Salvation Army extended a helping hand to the residents of the neighbouring island.

The Antigua Government has promised to accommodate Dominicans who wish to take temporary shelter in Antigua and the Salvation Army says it will keep monitoring the situation and stands ready to assist in any practical way possible.



Aid from the French West Indian territories has started arriving in Dominica, the independent island that has been ravaged by Hurricane Maria.

A detachment of 68 firefighters from the island of Martinique and Guyana on the South American continent arrived in Dominica on Thursday.

The French government representative in Martinique, Patrick Amoussou-Adéblé, who visited Dominica with the territory's president, Alfred Marie-Jeanne, promised that more aid would follow.

"We have carried out reconnaissance missions in helicopters to evaluate things," he said.

A French navy warship that could deliver equipment and 40 tonnes of water was also present, he added.


Morocco to send aid to hurricane-hit Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica

Morocco said on Thursday that it will send humanitarian aid to Latin American countries Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica that were recently struck by hurricanes.

The humanitarian action shows Morocco's solidarity with the two countries that have always expressed firm support to Morocco, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The aid includes basic necessities for the reconstruction in the two countries, it added.




JD Umiat 


 29 Sep 2017 14:48 UTCFri 29 Sep 2017 - 2:48 pm UTC 

'Barbuda is literally rubble': Robert de Niro vows to help Caribbean island rebuild after Hurricane Irma


Dignity kits distribution begins for Barbuda women and girls impacted by Hurricane Irma and Jose

A joint effort by UN Women and UNFPA started the distribution of “dignity kits” containing basic health and hygiene products for displaced women and girls from the Caribbean island of Barbuda, as they arrived in Antigua, escaping Hurricane Irma.

The catastrophic hurricane has driven the entire population of Barbuda, a small island in the eastern Caribbean, to its twin island of Antigua. Of 1,413 people evacuated, more than 600— many of them women and girls with unique and often-overlooked needs, such as access to hygiene and sanitary products—are in temporary shelters.


This Caribbean Island Was Evacuated After Irma. Now, the Pets Left Behind Are Going Feral

Tyrell, who is an Antiguan-British goat farmer, is leading a grassroots effort to soothe the minds of Barbudan pet owners and farmers. “We started a Go Fund Me campaign to help Barbudans with the feeding and immediate care of their pets and livestock” she says. Animal lovers from around the world donated more than $3,000 in a couple days, which helped Tyrell buy enough feed, antibiotics and convince the government that she had a cause worthy enough to access the island.




 29 Sep 2017 17:41 UTCFri 29 Sep 2017 - 5:41 pm UTC 

Hello JD - Yes indeed this is a very serious question. Thank you for researching this. I see you have a lengthy reply which I will read late today or early tomorrow. Thank you for also addressing Barbuda. Back to you as soon as possible.




David Sarokin 


 29 Sep 2017 19:08 UTCFri 29 Sep 2017 - 7:08 pm UTC 


This article appeared in my news feed today, and I thought you might like to see it as well:

3 Weeks After Irma Wrecked Barbuda, Island Lifts Mandatory Evacuation Order





 1 Oct 2017 16:59 UTCSun 1 Oct 2017 - 4:59 pm UTC 

JD- fine research & well done! I appreciate the various sources you have included. In our Canadian media all we hear about is the plight of the desperate residents of Puerto Rico. The world needs to hear more about the smaller islands that have extremely limited access to international media. Thank you.


JD Umiat 


 1 Oct 2017 17:26 UTCSun 1 Oct 2017 - 5:26 pm UTC 

Thank you very much!

There is a lot of food for thought in yesterday's article from the Washington Post. It is very hard and emotional situation for all these hard-hit island residents.

Should they go back?




 1 Oct 2017 17:45 UTCSun 1 Oct 2017 - 5:45 pm UTC 

JD- That is quite a thought provoking article in the Washington Post. I viewed the video. Imagine trying to rebuild knowing this could reoccur?

Today’s New York Times had an equally poignant piece about Puerto Rico:

Thank you for the additional information.




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