ODPM makes donation request to help islands
...to help flood damaged St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management on Sunday issued a public appeal for donations of items to be sent to St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines at 4 p.m today. The following is the ODPM's statement.
On Wednesday 25th December 2013, St. Lucia and St. Vincent was severely impacted by a hydrometeorological disaster. The Ministry of National Security and one of its divisions, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) was mandated by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to coordinate and manage relief assistance to the affected Caribbean islands.
As such, five pre-positioned and pre-packed 40 feet containers were sent to St. Lucia on Friday 27th December; however relief items are also needed for St. Vincent. The ODPM is therefore appealing to citizens and other entities for donations of the following items as outlined by the National Disaster Office of St. Vincent:
Collapsible water jugs or kegs
Toiletries (toilet paper, bath soap, shampoo, toothpaste, sanitary pads, tooth brushes)
Infant disposable diapers
Adult disposable diapers
Water tanks (500 and 1000 L)
Janitorial supplies (disinfectant, bleach etc)
Water purification tablets
Two Water Machines Solar Preferred
- Galvanized Sheets
- Sledge Hammers
- Crow Bars
- Wheel Barrows
- Heavy Gloves
- Garbage Bags
- Power washers
- Tall Boots
Medical Relief Items:
- Auto Cleaves
- CT machine technician
- Industrial Washing Machine
- Industrial Dryers
- Delivery Beds
- Medication Trolley
- Oxygen Plant air compressors
- Pillows, bed sheet
- Miscellaneous hospital and medical supplies
Persons wishing to donate the requested items are asked to contact the ODPM’s Customer Care Centre at 511 to find out more about the specifications of the requested items before purchasing or procuring the items to ensure easy and efficient logistics as well as to confirm the best dropping off point. The ODPM are further requesting that donations be made before 4:00pm tomorrow, Monday 30th December, 2013.
Volunteers are also needed to provide technical assistance (e.g. Biomedical Engineers and Civil Engineers). Persons are interested in volunteering can also call 511 to register with the ODPM but must do so before 12:00pm tomorrow, Monday 30th December, 2013.
Guidelines to donating:
- Please ensure that donations consist of only the requested items, items that are not on the list will not be accepted
- Please ensure that your donation boxes are well-packed and sealed and that the contents of the boxes are clearly labelled on the outside
- Please do not donate clothing or medication at this time
The ODPM will like to reiterate that persons must contact 511 before purchasing or procuring the requested items to find out more about the specifications so that St. Vincent can be supplied the items that they need.