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New roofs for residents

Published:Wednesday | May 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Deon Green, Gleaner Writer

MORANT BAY, St Thomas:

ACTING DEPUTY director general at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Horace Glaze, has said the completion of a $3.2 million house reroofing and building project, along with the training of individuals in roof retrofitting, in eastern St Thomas, is timely.

Glaze, who was speaking at the closing function for the Golden Grove roof retrofitting in Hampton Court St Thomas yesterday, said the project was a collaboration among the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the ODPEM and the Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA), which carried out the implementation.

Retrofitting training

The programme provided assistance to 21 of more than 60 households identified as in desperate need, based on financial constraint. Twenty-four individuals received certification, in the theory and practice of roof retrofitting, skills needed in times of a natural disaster.

Wenford Henry, director of ADRA, said there are several more homes in St Thomas that are in need of help, and if there is a hurricane or any adverse natural disaster, it would be disastrous for many residents whose houses remain in fragile condition.