- relief objectives
the wake of Hurricane Ivan, United Caribbean, a collaborative effort of
NGO’s and private sector organizations have collected, transported
and distributed relief supplies in a sincere attempt to assist the Government
relief forces, who are carrying out a sterling effort under severely extenuating
conditions on the island of Grenada.
In an effort
to relieve the pressure on an already stressed environment and to identify
a base close by and accessible to the coastal cities and villages of northern
Grenada affected by the storm, the island of Carriacou was chosen as the
Headquarters for United Caribbean.
than Grenada, Carriacou’s proximity is such that supplies were able
to be ferried into Gouyave and the surrounding areas at reasonable cost,
and communications and utilities had been re-established.
United Caribbean team, on the first visit, met immediately with community
leaders, accomplishing some significant successes and assessing the vulnerable
sectors within the community.
The United Caribbean Primary Relief Team worked tirelessly to integrate
gently into the Carriacou community which, although not as extensively
damaged as Grenada, had over 500 properties damaged or destroyed. To date,
United Caribbean team have received significant support from all with
whom we have been in contact, and toured, viewed and photo documented
islands residents were interviewed and we were warmly welcomed by the
Ministry of Carriacou and Petit Martinique Affairs. The Carriacou Disaster
Preparedness Committee, whose correspondence prompted our Carriacou decision,
have been extremely cooperative and we are grateful for all the kind assistance
received, regionally. The efforts of United Caribbean are now being supported
and augmented by NGO’s teams from Trinidad andn Tobago and St. Vincent,
joining Primary Team 1 from Barbados, on the ground in Grenada to assist
with community rebuilding efforts.
Prior to leaving Carriacou, United Caribbean met with CICERO and are
pleased at the synergies developed, working in association with a Kayak
NGO. United Caribbean is committed to assisting with sourcing relief supplies,
fund-seeking, and assisting with the development of human resource skills,
info-sharing on disaster preparedness and empowering the existing rapid
response service. United Caribbean desires to work with local NGO’s
to collate and disseminate data and information related to Natural and
Technological Disasters and will work closely with local National Emergency
Relief Organization, the International Red Cross and other related agencies.
At the request of the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs
and the Carriacou Disaster Preparedness Committee, it is United Caribbean's
intention to continue to facilitate the collection of additional supplies,
plus monitor relief needs, especially those of the vulnerable sector.
These efforts will be documented and submitted to relevant agencies for
action. It is hoped that such inputs will assist with informing a revised
Disaster Management Policy for the Caribbean Region. Such a policy revision
is urgently needed to reduce the impact of similar events on the Caribbean’s
• documentation of damages at physical sites for study and review
of building policies;
• assessment and recommendations for decentralized relief capabilities
• assessment of the psychological impact on both residents and local
• recommendation for poverty alleviation strategies and empowerment
• assessment of vulnerable sectors; and
• recommendations based upon lessons learned.
There are invaluable lessons to be learned from Ivan the Catalyst which
can be applied to other island’s recovery efforts. Information disseminated
by www.UnitedCaribbean.com can only add to the region’s current
capacity for efficient disaster management including prompt response to
both citizen’s needs, as well as the restoration and/or rebuilding
of the island infrastructure.