United States Continues Support to Dominica

Group photo with relief supplies
This dislocated Petite Savanne family, now temporarily housed in Roseau, receives USAID-funded foodstuff and supplies from Kathleen Pinard-Byrne, Director General of the Dominica Red Cross.

The Government of the United States of America (USG) continues its support to people Dominica as recovery efforts move forward in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika.

The Embassy of the United States of America confirms that more than USD$165,000 of USG disaster relief assistance has already been offered to Dominica, a figure that does not include the technical assistance provided by assessment teams from the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) who are working diligently on the ground to assess and address the most critical recovery needs.

Earlier this week, the Dominica Red Cross distributed food, household items, and other supplies on the behalf of the USG to displaced families from the south eastern community of Petite Savanne, one of nine designated Special Disaster Areas.  Responding to an urgent need for portable generators, USAID/OFDA funded the procurement of seven units from two local vendors, and delivered them to the Dominica Red Cross for use at select distribution sites, and for other response-related activities.

People holding a box
USAID/OFDA Disaster Relief Management Specialists Cecil Shillingford and Audrey Mullings hand over the generators purchased by USAID for use at distribution sites and for other response-related activities.

USAID/OFDA continues to conduct regular assessments to gauge the areas of immediate need and the most impactful ways it can provide assistance on the behalf of the American people.