Tue | Dec 12, 2017

JDF's relief team to Dominica returns today

Published:Monday | December 4, 2017 | 9:19 AM

The Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) that was deployed to Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, returns to the island today.

The JDF DART team is returning after assisting with rebuilding operations in the tiny eastern Caribbean country for the past 10 weeks.

A release from the JDF on the weekend said its DART team will be establishing a Dominica Disaster Relief Fund on its return.

According to Lieutenant Colonel Dionne Smalling of the JDF, the drive is intended to encourage and facilitate members of the public who wish to make donations to assist the people of Dominica.

The JDF deployed its DART team to Dominica on September 26 this year, and it carried out various rebuilding, relief and recovery operations.

These included assisting local security forces with maintaining law and order; logistics support to aid the distribution of food, water, medical and relief supplies; light construction and repair; as well as providing essential medical care to persons in need.