Arising from the ongoing discussions between authorities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados, Barbadian businesses and individuals are being asked to contribute items to a list of urgently needed supplies for the people of that nation.
Since yesterday, emergency agencies there have been grappling with the effects of La Soufriere volcano’s eruptions, which have so far resulted in the evacuation of thousands of householders from residence near the explosions and the disruption of the everyday lives of tens of thousands more across the country.
The requested items are (H = high priority; M = medium priority; L = low priority):
Water Tanks (800-gallon capacity) H 500 Target – 100 shelters
Water Tanks 1,000-gallons capacity) H 500 Target – farms and livestock
Buckets (5 gallons) H 5,000 Target – shelter laundry and shower
Folding Cots H 10,000
Portable Potties (Toilets) H 150 For Shelters
Blankets H 30,000 For shelters
Field Tents (20ft x 20ft) M 30 For shelters
Field Tents (10ft x 10ft) M 20 For shelters
Field Kitchen M 2 Provide meals to the shelters
Sleeping Mats L 1,000 Contingency for shelters (in lieu of cots)
Respirator masks with filters H 1,000 Target – front line and first responders
Reflective Vests M 2,000 First responders and volunteers
Caution Tape (100ft roll) M 100 Cordoning of emergency sites
Hygiene Kits H 10,000 For Shelterees/evacuees
Disinfectants H 5000 gallons
Bleach H 1000 gallons
Liquid soap H 5000 gallons
Water for full population of the country — 110,000 litres for 30 days
Drinking and domestic hygiene water H 12,774,194 gallons
Drinking water 24×500 ml H 40,000
Drinking water 12×1 litre (7 days’ supply) H 28,000
Drinking water 4×4 litre H 45,000
Water bladders collapsible H 20,000 (To be provided in minimum quantities of 5-gallon bottles)
Water bladders collapsible H 50 100 gallon
Water bladders collapsible H 50 200 gallon
While emergency officials there are making preparation to provide daily meals for approximately 20,000 Vincentians and are asking for assistance, they are requesting contributions in cash, which should be transferred to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency’s (CDEMA) Emergency Assistance Fund at account number 10 3666 589 at FirstCaribbean International Bank, Rendezvous, Christ Church.
All persons desirous of assisting should deliver items from the above list — except for cash — directly to the HMBS Pelican base of the Barbados Coast Guard on the Mighty Grynner Highway. Please note that only items on the list will be accepted, and individuals should therefore refrain from taking random donations to the Coast Guard base.