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RSS Executive Director Addresses Impact of Hurricane Beryl on St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Grenada

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by Kevon Browne

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN):  Hurricane Beryl has caused significant damage across the Regional Security System (RSS) Member States, including St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Grenada. Executive Director Commodore Errington Shurland has issued a statement detailing the extent of the damage and the ongoing relief efforts.

 

Hurricane Beryl, a major storm, impacted the region from July 1-2, 2024, with the islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique in Grenada and Union Island, Palm Island, Mayreau, and Canouan in St. Vincent & The Grenadines experiencing the most severe effects.

 

“The devastation caused by Hurricane Beryl on these islands is significant across all RSS Member States,” Commodore Shurland stated. “We extend our condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives and keep all those affected in our thoughts.”

 

In response to the urgent need for relief and recovery, the RSS has committed to supporting the affected regions. Commodore Shurland emphasised the necessity for essential supplies such as food, water, and fuel. The Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) has been mobilised to coordinate a safe, effective, and efficient deployment of resources to the impacted islands.

 

“Our primary concern is the safety and security of our people,” Commodore Shurland said. “In line with our mission to ensure stability and well-being through mutual cooperation, our troops are prepared to assist in protecting the residents and visitors of these islands.”

 

Police and military personnel from RSS Member States will be deployed to St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Grenada by Thursday, July 4, 2024. These forces will operate under the command of local authorities to provide necessary security and support.

 

Additionally, the RSS is collaborating with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to expedite the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) deployment. “We will continue to work closely with relevant agencies to ensure help is delivered swiftly,” Commodore Shurland stated. “The RSS Headquarters remains fully committed to supporting our Member States in their time of need.”

 

The RSS’s coordinated efforts emphasise the importance of regional cooperation and assistance in the face of natural disasters, ensuring that affected communities receive the necessary support for recovery and rebuilding.

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