Caribbean - Hurricanes Fact Sheet #7, Fiscal Year (FY) 2017
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
On September 12, USAID/OFDA supported the Government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas (GoCB) National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to transport emergency relief supplies from The Bahamas’ capital city of Nassau to the southern Bahamas’ hurricane-affected Acklins, Crooked, and Inagua islands.
On September 12, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)’s Southern Command stood up Joint Task Force-Leeward Islands (JTF-LI) to support USAID/OFDA humanitarian operations related to the hurricane response on the island of St. Martin—comprising Saint-Martin, a French overseas collectivity, and Sint Maarten, a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. DoD will support humanitarian logistics and transportation, facilitate airfield and port assessments, and assist airfield operations to ensure the rapid delivery of relief commodities to hurricane-affected populations in St. Martin.
USAID regional Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) staff in Antigua, The Bahamas, and St. Martin continue to evaluate the priority needs of hurricane-affected households and meet with response stakeholders, including host country officials, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency representatives, and USAID/OFDA partners.