WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 The U.S. Agency forInternational Development (USAID) announced it will provide an initial$100,000 in response to U.S. Ambassador Brenda LaGrange Johnson's disasterdeclaration after Hurricane Dean impacted the island on August 19. Includedin this funding are aerial assessment flights that will allow Jamaica's Officeof Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and the USAID teamto assess damage and plan for immediate needs.
In anticipation of Hurricane Dean, USAID pre-positioned a six-personassessment team based in Jamaica and provided $25,000 in preparednessassistance. Throughout the storm, the USAID team was in contact with ODPEM toassure a quick and timely response to the needs identified by the Jamaicangovernment.
Preliminary reports from the Government of Jamaica include wind damage,downed trees and power lines, and flooding. USAID will continue to monitorthe situation and provide updates as appropriate.
Based on the assessed impact of Hurricane Dean, USAID is prepared toairlift emergency relief supplies, including blankets, hygiene kits, plasticsheeting, water containers, and/or water purification units, if requested bythe Government of Jamaica.
Since 2000, USAID has provided more than $142 million in response to thedevastating effects of hurricanes and tropical storms throughout the Caribbeanand Central America.
For more information about USAID's emergency humanitarian assistanceprograms, please visit:http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/humanitarian_assistance/disaster_assistance/.
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SOURCE U.S. Agency for International Development