USAID Airlifts critical relief items for Caribbean Hurricane Response

Statement by Clayton M. McCleskey, Acting Spokesperson

Four flights are delivering relief supplies from USAID’s emergency warehouse in Miami, Florida, to the Caribbean. Two flights landed yesterday, and another two flights are scheduled to arrive today. USAID previously delivered relief supplies to hard-hit Antigua and Barbuda, as well as The Bahamas. With this week’s flights, USAID will have airlifted more than 151 metric tons of relief supplies for hurricane relief efforts in the Caribbean.

The USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), which deployed to the region on September 7, is coordinating closely with local governments, the U.S. military, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, the United Nations, and Non-Governmental Organizations to rapidly distribute aid to affected communities in the region. In addition, USAID has requested the unique capabilities of the U.S. Department of Defense, Southern Command, which is providing logistics support, in addition to water-desalination services on the island of St. Martin.

Caption: USAID airlifted nearly 33 metric tons of relief supplies, including plastic sheeting, hygiene kits, water containers, and blankets to Dominica to help people affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.