The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) is preparing to deploy personnel to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to the Commonwealth of Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
The category 5 storm pounded Dominica last night, tearing off the roof of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit’s home and leaving much of the island, which has a population of 73,000, in ruins. Communication lines with the island have also been cut.
In a brief statement today, the BDF appealed to the general public to donate items such as bottled water, medical/first aid supplies, canned foods, baby items ( including formula) and personal hygiene items.
“The items are to be taken to the Barbados Coast Guard Base, HMBS PELICAN at Spring Garden, St Michael or to the Barbados Defence Force Headquarters at St Ann’s Fort, Garrison, St Michael,” the army said in the statement issued by its
Public Relations Officer Captain Maria Moore.