USAID/OFDA provides training for national disaster managers

(PRESS RELEASE VIA NEWS784 ) – As part of hurricane and general disaster preparedness efforts in the Caribbean, the United States Agency of International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is training national disaster managers in the effective use of the Agency’s reinforced plastic sheeting for temporary roofs and shelters.

On August 24, USAID/OFDA, in collaboration with the Barbados Department of Emergency Management, supported a one-day workshop for regional disaster managers and partners.

 It was held at the Barbados Fire and Rescue Services Academy.

During the workshop, attended by national disaster representatives from Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, USAID/OFDA shelter advisors demonstrated cutting techniques and proper application of the plastic as temporary roof cover.

The training also included four practical exercises – creating covered living space, proper framing to support the plastic sheeting, correct cutting and care of the plastic sheeting, and calculating overall sheeting needs.

Best practices pertaining to warehousing, logistics, and transportation of the plastic sheeting were also covered in the workshop.