Prime Minister Skerrit will be accompanied by Prime Minister of Barbados David Thompson, Jamaica Prime Minister Bruce Golding, and CARICOM Secretary General His Excellency Edwin Carrington. The officials met with the Prime Minister Skerrit in Dominica on Wednesday evening.
“CARICOM is moving rapidly to mobilize emergency assistance. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is co-coordinating the regional response for its latest Member Haiti which joined in September 2009. The regional response mechanism has identified four priority areas in this regard: emergency aid; shelter; search and rescue; and communication,” a CARICOM press release stated.
Meanwhile, according to the release , search and rescue teams are on standby to proceed to Haiti as required and CDEMA has also been liaising with its partners, the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), the Regional Security System (RSS), the CARICOM Secretariat, CAREC/PAHO and the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) with a view to putting in place immediately, an assessment team in order to provide appropriate guidance for the immediate needs of the Haitian people. The assessment team will also be travelling to Haiti on Friday 15.
“This latest setback to the development of the country will truly test the resilience of the Haitian people. Their tremendous resolve and determination however, will undoubtedly serve them in great stead as they move forward from this tragic event. The Caribbean Community grieves with its brothers and sisters in Haiti and extends heartfelt condolences to the government and people of that member state and to all others who have lost family and friends,” the press release stated.