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NEMA distributing tarpaulin in New Providence

by: Fred Sturrup, FN General Manager/Managing Editor - Published Thursday, October 13, 2016

The National Emergency Management Agency has begun a door-to-door distribution of roofing material, in particular tarpaulin, in New Providence.


The Freeport News on Wednesday contacted GB NEMA representative Tammi Mitchell and she was unaware of a similar situation for Grand Bahama.


“I haven’t heard anything official on that. There are no supplies in that regard here. I can tell you though that Dr. (Michael) Darville is responsible for distribution of supplies and giving out such information. I haven’t seen anything (tarpaulin) yet,” said Mitchell who incidentally, is the Supplies Officer and Co-chair of the Disaster Committee in Grand Bahama for NEMA.


The Freeport News tried to make contact with Minister for Grand Bahama, Dr. Michael Darville, but up to press time was unable to do so.


This balanced distribution of material to those in need is of high priority on the agenda of the national restoration and recovery program as outlined by Prime Minister Perry Christie. He has mandated his government's newly established Minister of Recovery/Restora-tion (Labor Minister Shane Gibson) to work directly with NEMA in that regard.


It is expected that a statement from NEMA pertaining to Grand Bahama and the rest of The Bahamas will be  forthcoming.


A statement on Wednesday follows:


“The National Emergency Ma-nagement Agency (NEMA), has embarked on a door-to-door exercise distributing tarpaulin to residents in New Providence, whose homes suffered roof damage during the passage of the powerful Hurricane Matthew.


On Wednesday, October 12, a team comprising the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Department of Social Services, the Ministry of Housing and other volunteers went into the communities to distribute the waterproof material, donated by the United States Agency for International Development-/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA).


The team will quickly make an assessment of the home in the presence of the homeowner to  verify that the tarp is needed. The names will be logged in a registry so as to ensure each person in need receives help.


The areas are Garden Hills, Golden Gates, Southern Shores, Pinewood Gardens, Carmichael, Mt. Moriah, Elizabeth Estates, Golden Isles and all other areas in New Providence impacted by the severe flooding and storm surge during the Category 3 Hurricane which hit New Providence.






There will be NO distribution of tarp at the NEMA office on Gladstone Road.


Meanwhile, residents are also asked to go to the following Social Services distribution centres in their areas, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to register their needs:


Distribution Centre A, Pitt Road, two-story building next to KFC

 Distribution Centre C, old NIB building on Wulff Road 

Distribution Centre D, Robinson Road in the old NIB building at Montel Heights

Distribution Centre F, Fox Hill roundabout in the NIB building. 


Published Thursday, October 13, 2016

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