RSS Coordinating Regional Relief Efforts In St. Vincent And The Grenadines

Regional Security System | Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Coast Guard vessels have been deployed from Barbados to St. Vincent and the Grenadines since the first eruption of La Soufriere on Friday, April 9. ​(GP)

The Regional Security System (RSS) continues to provide relevant support to the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as that country faces the ongoing eruption of the La Soufriere volcano.

Regional Maritime Officer at the RSS, LT (CG) Rolerick Sobers, pointed out that the RSS is currently coordinating the efforts of the security agencies across the RSS Member States, as they work with the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) and Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

He confirmed that there have been two maritime deployments comprising Coast Guard vessels from Barbados to St. Vincent and the Grenadines since the first eruption on Friday, April 9; the first to deliver supplies, including water, equipment and cots, and the second to transport assessors from the CDRU and CDEMA.

Lt. (CG) Sobers noted that there had been no reports of security issues from the Commissioner of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force. He however noted that the situation was “dynamic and changing very quickly”, and the RSS was prepared for any eventuality that may occur.

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