JAM | Jul 10, 2024

US Gov’t comes to Jamaica’s aid with US$2.5 million relief package in aftermath of Hurricane Beryl 

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Ambassador N. Nick Perry (third left), poses with 5 of the 12 members from the USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance team of disaster experts deployed here in Jamaica since prior to Hurricane Beryl.(Photo: Contributed)

US Ambassador Nick Perry on Tuesday (July 9) nearly US$2.5 million in humanitarian support for the communities impacted by Hurricane Beryl in Jamaica, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

This assistance is in direct response to a request from the Jamaican Government, demonstrating the US’ enduring commitment to a close friend and neighbour. 

Ambassador Perry released a declaration of humanitarian need in the wake of Hurricane Beryl’s destructive pass-through Jamaica, enabling the swift release of funds from USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance to the Red Cross, World Food Programme, and other organisations to support those in need and whose lives were upended by Hurricane Beryl. 

Everton Evanks stands in his room where the roof has been completely pulled apart in the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl, in St. Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica, July 5, 2024. (Photo: REUTERS/Maria Alejandra Cardona)

USAID intends to partner to repair homes, assist with water and sanitation needs, support logistical operations, and provide essential relief items, such as clean-up kits, hygiene kits, and tarps.

USAID will also provide market-based assistance to help affected residents purchase basic household commodities and other needed items. 

“The United States and Embassy Kingston stand firmly in solidarity with the people of Jamaica during this challenging time,” said Ambassador Perry.  “We are committed to providing the necessary support to help these resilient communities recover and rebuild. Our friendship and partnership with Jamaica are steadfast, and in this time of need, we are here to offer our assistance.” 

USAID Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance disaster experts conduct damage assessments in Jamaica. (Photo: Contributed)

The United States is responding in Jamaica and across the Caribbean. USAID has disaster experts on the ground in Jamaica, actively supporting damage assessments and coordination efforts. Prior to Hurricane Beryl making landfall in the Caribbean, USAID pre-positioned relief supplies in the region, deployed eight staff, and activated 25 disaster consultants in seven countries to support response efforts. 


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