US embassy donates two rescue boats for T&T disaster response
The US Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago has donated two shallow search-and-rescue boats to assist with natural disasters during the rainy season.
U.S. Chargé d’Affaires John McIntyre said during a handing over ceremony at the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation on June 18 that the US stands willing to assist municipal corporations in weathering any natural disasters during the rainy season.
McIntyre said while the project “will only scratch the surface in disaster response by providing a mode of transportation to communities isolated by floods, it is indicative of our longstanding partnership.”
In February the Embassy hosted a week-long disaster preparedness seminar in Trinidad for 19 Caribbean countries. In March, it hosted a four-day workshop with government communication officers to improve strategic communication during a crisis, and in April jointly with the Trinidad and Tobago government it hosted the Fused Response Exercise to hone the skills of military, police, and other emergency response offices.
Chargé d’Affaires McIntyre emphasized, “In short, the U.S. government’s partnership with Trinidad and Tobago is not here today, gone tomorrow. We follow up, we cover the nitty-gritty, non-glamorous issues of disaster preparedness, and we are with you during times of need.”
The Corporation’s Chairman Allen Sammy thanked the Embassy and expressed his deep appreciation for the donation as he anticipates future natural disasters.
The donation follows a 2017 assessment of flooding in the Penal/Debe region by the Embassy’s Civil Affairs team, through the Military Liaison Office, working with the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force and the Corporation’s DMU.
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