ST JOHN’S, Antigua — A relief flight from Miami, containing key assistance commodities including tarps, blankets, hygiene kits, kitchen sets, water containers, and chain saw/clean-up kits, arrived in Antigua on Thursday.
The shipment is part of the United States government’s ongoing assistance to the storm-ravaged twin-island state, still reeling from Hurricane Irma, the category 5 storm that severely impacted Barbuda on September 6, 2017. This assistance is being coordinated through the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA), and in collaboration with Antigua and Barbuda’s National Office of Disaster Services.
Thursday’s flight included several essential items not available in-country. This relief flight follows a US$100,000 award donated by the United States government to the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross for assistance to those affected by Hurricane Irma.
A five-person USAID/OFDA Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) was deployed to Antigua and Barbuda on Monday, to conduct a needs assessment and explore potential for further assistance.