The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is actively engaged in the process of coordinating the shipment of urgently needed supplies to the Government and people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in this great moment of crisis brought about by the volcanic eruption in the north of St. Vincent. As would have been explained by our Hon Prime Minister, Dr the Hon Timothy Harris in yesterday’s broadcast outlining our Nation’s contribution to the emergency situation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, NEMA is the official state agency through which all national donations should be channeled for onward shipment to St. Vincent. This means that persons interested in making donations should deliver the items to NEMA’s headquarters at Lime Kiln, Basseterre. On Nevis, such donations would be received by the Nevis Disaster Management Department (NDMD).
An official Needs List has been provided to NEMA by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Agency (CDMEA), in consultation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. However, among the items which are of the highest priority at this time are the following:
IMMEDIATE NEEDS – VOLCANIC EMERGENCY
- Drinking Water: preferably in the following national brands: Island
Purified, Rainforest, Nelson Spring and Nevis Spring Water
- Respirator Masks with Filters
- Non-perishable, Dry Food Items
- Liquid Soap
- Personal Hygiene Kits
The general public is advised that these items must be packaged in boxes prior to delivery to NEMA on St. Kitts or the NDMD on Nevis. However, the boxes must not be sealed, in order to facilitate expedited inspection by NEMA and Customs.
The general public is further advised that donated items must be delivered at the collection sites at NEMA by 5 pm, and the NDMD by 3 pm on Monday, April 12th 2021. (For persons wanting to deliver items today, Sunday, April 11th 2021, please note that NEMA’s headquarters will be open until 6 pm to receive donations.)
For those persons, agencies and organisations wishing to make monetary contributions to the relief efforts in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, please note that the following two options that are available:
- Donations can be made directly at the Treasury in St. Kitts, in the name of the Accountant General.
- Donations can be deposited at St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Ltd – Account Number: 10126963; Account Name: Accountant General.
Persons needing clarification as to the items they wish to donate are asked to contact NEMA at 466-5100.
St. Kitts and Nevis stands in full solidarity with our afflicted OECS neighbours in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and we pray for God’s providence, mercy and protection at this extremely difficult time.
OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL DISASTER COORDINATOR
April 11th 2021