Caribbean: Hurricane Emily - Jul 2005
The bilateral housing project between the Grenada Red Cross (GRC) and Australian Red Cross (ARC) ended in September.
Following hurricanes Ivan, Emily and Dennis all of which affected Grenada in some way, the ARC which got the funds from Australian Aid (Australian Government) donated approximately US$200,000 to construct 19, three bedroom houses.
In recognition of the project the GRC held a ceremony to thank the ARC for their efforts. The ceremony took place in the presence of beneficiaries of Requin and Stone Road in St.
Taking a page from the book of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies with its long established Reserve Fund for Disaster Management, the Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society has established a Disaster Preparedness and Relief Fund, to service its local constituents in the event of a disaster.
Jamaicans were warned that the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season would have been an active one, but not much could have prepared them for the possibility of facing two major hurricanes within a matter of days.
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund and the Jamaica Red Cross have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which will see both organizations collaborating to respond to the health needs of the population in emergency situations.
Under the agreement, which came into effect on July 19, 2005 and will expire on December 31, 2006, UNFPA will provide the Red Cross with Nine Hundred Eighty Two Thousand, Five Hundred Jamaican Dollars (JA$982,500.00) for the procurement and preparation of a total of 750 hygiene kits.
The Grenada Red Cross continues to reach out to those affected by Hurricane Emily, this time heading to Carriacou to distribute tarpaulins and hygiene kits.
Last Saturday the first of two planes arrived from the Pan American Disaster Relief Unit (PADRU) in Panama with a shipment of some 1600 tarpaulins, 950 hygiene kits and jerry cans.
1500 tarps, 850 hygiene kits and 75 cases of water were distributed on Sunday in St. Patrick's and St. Andrew's.
Among the communities reached included Pointzfield, Mt. Rose , River Sallee, Hermitage, Rosehill, Mt.