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13 Oct 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • GoCD, WFP, and relief actors distribute 150 MT of food assistance as of October 10

  • USAID transitions to early recovery activities as humanitarian conditions improve

  • Water and electric network repairs continue to progress, facilitating the reopening of markets in urban areas

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

11 Oct 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UN Secretary-General’s visit to Caribbean region underscores widespread hurricane damage

  • DART successfully concludes operations, shifts to regional team for transition efforts

  • USAID/OFDA relief commodities benefit an estimated 70,500 hurricaneaffected people

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

05 Oct 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • JTF-LI successfully completes Dominica response activities on October 5

  • DART delivers additional plastic sheeting and water containers to meet priority needs

  • Continued external food assistance required due to storm-related food insecurity

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

03 Oct 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Additional USAID/OFDA and other relief supplies arrive in hard-to-reach Grand Bay in southern Dominica

  • DART and JTF-LI provide plastic sheeting to more than 2,500 Dominican households over four days

  • DART assesses food security conditions, initiates working group on cash and voucher assistance

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

29 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • USAID/OFDA relief supplies arrive in remote areas of southern Dominica

  • JTF-LI supports DART to ensure relief reaches isolated Dominican communities as quickly as possible

  • USG international humanitarian assistance to the Caribbean exceeds $11 million

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

28 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Critical USAID/OFDA relief supplies arrive in Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Sint Maarten

  • JTF-LI supports DART to ensure relief reaches isolated Dominican communities as quickly as possible

  • USG international humanitarian assistance to the Caribbean totals nearly $10 million

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

27 Sep 2017 description

Statement by Clayton M. McCleskey, Acting Spokesperson

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Office of Press Relations
Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: press@usaid.gov

26 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • DART staff in Dominica prioritize humanitarian coordination and logistics support, as well as food, shelter, and water assistance

  • USAID/OFDA responds to disaster declaration for Saint Kitts and Nevis

  • DART and DoD continue to collaborate to address critical need for potable water in Saint-Martin

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

19 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hurricane Maria is threatening the Leeward Islands and may exacerbate conditions in areas previously affected by hurricanes Irma and Jose

  • Newly launched Hurricane Irma Regional Response Plan requests $27 million in humanitarian funding

  • USAID and DoD continue to collaborate to address needs on the island of St. Martin

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

15 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS   

• Additional USAID/OFDA relief commodities arrive in Antigua   

• DoD, in support of USAID/OFDA, delivers two additional desalination units to facilitate safe drinking water access in French Saint-Martin   

• WFP provides 30 MT of High-Energy Biscuits to address emergency food needs in the Caribbean region

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

14 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Airlifted USAID/OFDA relief commodities arrive in Antigua, The Bahamas

  • USAID/OFDA and DoD task force install desalination units to provide safe drinking water in French Saint-Martin

  • Samaritan’s Purse and WFP transport 15 MT of High-Energy Biscuits to St. Martin to address the food needs of hurricane-affected people

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

13 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • DoD task force arrives on the island of St. Martin to support USAID/OFDA humanitarian response efforts

  • USAID DART staff evaluate damages, priority humanitarian needs in Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, and St. Martin

  • UN agencies and international relief organizations continue staff deployments, needs assessments on hurricane-affected islands

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

12 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • USAID DART staff arrive on the island of St. Martin, continue to coordinate USG hurricane response efforts in Antigua and Barbuda and The Bahamas

  • Extensive damages prevent resumption of public services on the island of Barbuda

  • CDEMA, humanitarian agencies deploy staff to conduct damage and needs assessments in acutely affected Caribbean islands

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

11 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • DART staff arrive in Antigua to evaluate humanitarian needs and coordinate USG response activities

  • Governments of France and the Kingdom of the Netherlands launch response activities to address CDEMA, hurricane-related damage on the island of St. Martin

  • ECHO announces €2 million— approximately $2.4 million—in assistance for the Caribbean region to respond to hurricane-related needs

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

11 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hurricane Jose passes approximately 75 miles from island of St. Martin; results in less damage than anticipated in the Caribbean region

  • Disaster declaration issued for Dutch Sint Maarten due to the effects of Hurricanes Irma and Jose

  • USAID/OFDA provides $200,000 to address hurricane-related needs in French Saint-Martin and Dutch Sint Maarten

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

10 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hurricane Irma causes limited damage in The Bahamas, negatively impacts northern and central Cuba

  • Residents of Barbuda evacuate to Antigua in advance of Hurricane Jose’s passage

  • USAID/OFDA partners provide relief commodities to hurricane-affected households in Antigua and Barbuda,
    The Bahamas

  • Disaster declaration issued for the French territory of Saint-Martin due to the effects of Hurricanes Irma and Jose

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

09 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hurricane Irma remains a significant threat to The Bahamas, while Hurricane Jose may exacerbate the situation on the island of Barbuda, which sustained widespread damage from the passage of Hurricane Irma

  • USAID/OFDA is providing $200,000 to address hurricane-related needs in Antigua and Barbuda and The Bahamas

  • Assessments of hurricane-affected areas of Hispaniola have commenced, with initial reports suggesting less damage than expected

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

08 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hurricane Irma—the strongest Atlantic hurricane on record—is traversing the Caribbean and has affected several island nations, including Antigua and Barbuda

  • USAID activates a Washington, D.C.-based RMT and a regional DART with staff in The Bahamas, Barbados, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti

  • USAID is coordinating relief operations with host governments, USG interagency partners, and other humanitarian actors

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

11 Oct 2016 description

Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, forest fires, floods, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/ FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural disasters in the region.

23 Nov 2015 description

Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, forest fires, floods, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. Between FY 2006 and FY 2015, USAID provided nearly $777 million to assist disaster-affected populations in the LAC region, including nearly $509 million from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and approximately $268 million from USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP).