USAID/DCHA Caribbean – Hurricanes Fact Sheet #13, Fiscal Year (FY) 2017
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
Members of USAID’s Caribbean Hurricanes Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) on Dominica are coordinating with humanitarian stakeholders on the island to meet the needs of hurricane-affected populations. Constrained road access is a significant challenge to relief operations, and the DART is working closely with Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica (GoCD) officials, other donors, and relief organizations to facilitate the rapid delivery of assistance throughout Dominica. The DART is focusing on several priorities, including food assistance, shelter support, and WASH interventions, as well as humanitarian coordination and logistics.
In response to a disaster declaration for Saint Kitts and Nevis issued on September 22 by U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Linda S. Taglialatela, USAID/OFDA is providing an initial $50,000 to support immediate relief efforts to address the effects of Hurricane Maria on the country.
On the island of St. Martin, the DART and Joint Task Force-Leeward Islands (JTF-LI)— consisting of members from DoD’s Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)—continue working to meet Saint-Martin’s need for potable water. Between September 15 and 25, two water-production sites operated by JTF-LI generated approximately 68,800 gallons of water for household use.3
To ensure a coordinated regional response, the DART has deployed several staff to Barbados, where the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) has established a coordination cell. The DART also maintains staff in Curaçao and Martinique to facilitate coordination of the region-wide response and to support the rest of the DART in Barbados, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and St. Martin.