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Bahamas Can Respond more Quickly to Disasters Thanks to $92K in Equipment and Supplies from U.S.
By US Embassy Nassau
Jul 22, 2020 - 9:03:34 PM

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NEMA Director Captain Stephen Russell (left), Permanent Secretary Carl Smith of the Ministry for Disaster Preparedness, Management, and Reconstruction (center), and U.S. Embassy Nassau Defense Attaché Commander Kevin Self (right) meet briefly at the NEMA Office in Nassau, The Bahamas—July 22, 2020

The Embassy of the United States in Nassau delivered approximately $92,000 dollars of personal protective equipment (PPE) and disaster relief supplies to The Bahamas on July 22, at the offices of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Nassau.

U.S. Embassy Defense Attaché Commander Kevin Self delivered the donation to Permanent Secretary (PS) Carl Smith of the Ministry for Disaster Preparedness, Management, and Reconstruction. U.S. Northern Command procured the equipment and supplies to support hurricane preparedness in The Bahamas. The supplies—some of which The Bahamas was able to source locally in support of the Bahamian economy—include plastic face shields, safety boots and gloves, spare radio batteries, flashlights, butane canisters, portable stoves, and reflective vests.

Commander Self spoke of the longstanding cooperation between the United States and The Bahamas on disaster preparedness, telling PS Smith, “we stand by you.” PS Smith echoed that sentiment, saying “we cherish that relationship, and it can only go from strength to strength.”

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U.S. Embassy Nassau Defense Attaché Commander Kevin Self gives remarks upon delivering U.S. donation of $92,000 in PPE and disaster relief supplies to The Bahamas—Nassau, The Bahamas / July 22, 2020

The PPE and disaster relief supplies will help The Bahamas quickly respond to the needs of Bahamians in the wake of a disaster.  The supplies will be stored in Emergency Relief Warehouses located on Grand Bahama, New Providence, and Great Inagua, making it easier for NEMA to access and distribute supplies and equipment when disaster strikes. PS Smith noted that the donated PPE “is very much needed, particularly if we have to shelter persons” amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ministry for Disaster Preparedness, Management, and Reconstruction was established following Hurricane Dorian and is responsible for disaster preparedness, disaster risk reduction, and reconstruction following a disaster in The Bahamas.

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Permanent Secretary Carl Smith of The Bahamas Ministry for Disaster Preparedness, Management, and Reconstruction, speaks upon receiving $92,000 donation of PPE and disaster relief supplies from the United States—Nassau, The Bahamas / July 22, 2020


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(Seated at table, left to right) U.S. Embassy Nassau Defense Attaché Commander Kevin Self; Permanent Secretary Carl Smith of the Ministry for Disaster Preparedness, Management, and Reconstruction; NEMA Director Captain Stephen Russell; and Deputy Permanent Secretary for NEMA Gayle Outten-Moncur speak to the press after the United States donates $92,000 in PPE and disaster relief supplies to The Bahamas—Nassau, The Bahamas / July 22, 2020


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(Left to right): U.S. Embassy Nassau Defense Attaché Commander Kevin Self; Permanent Secretary Carl Smith of the Ministry for Disaster Preparedness, Management, and Reconstruction; NEMA Director Captain Stephen Russell; and Deputy Permanent Secretary for NEMA Gayle Outten-Moncur pose for a photo after the United States donates $92,000 in PPE and disaster relief supplies to The Bahamas—Nassau, The Bahamas / July 22, 2020


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U.S. Embassy Nassau Defense Attaché Commander Kevin Self (left) and Permanent Secretary Carl Smith of the Ministry for Disaster Preparedness, Management, and Reconstruction (right) discuss cooperation after the United States donates $92,000 in PPE and disaster relief supplies to The Bahamas—Nassau, The Bahamas / July 22, 2020


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Part of the United States’ $92,000 donation of PPE and disaster relief supplies to the Ministry for Disaster Preparedness, Management, and Reconstruction (including plastic face shields, spare radio batteries, butane canisters, portable stoves, reflective vests, and more) at the offices of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)—Nassau, The Bahamas / July 22, 2020


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