UPP Team Conducts First hand Damage Assessment And Mobilizes Charitable Donations And Support For Barbuda

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(PRESS RELEASE)

As residents of Barbuda continue to evacuate to Antigua, to ensure their safety and embark on the road to recovery, the United Progressive Party (UPP) stands in full support and solidarity, with all of the residents that have been affected by Hurricane Irma.

The Party has initiated a Barbuda Relief Drive to facilitate maximum support, with a
preliminary focus on soliciting monetary donations, toiletries, linens and non-perishable
goods. Persons are also encouraged to offer accommodations, transportation and any
other assistance to Barbudans, as they grapple to cope with a myriad of challenges.

An official team, led by UPP Political Leader, Harold Lovell that includes UPP Caretaker for
St. John’s City South, Michael Burton, a Barbudan descendant, traveled to Barbuda on
Friday. The team offered comfort to the hurricane victims and conducted a full assessment
of the damage to determine the most pressing needs and priorities.

“The devastation caused by Hurricane Irma is overwhelming and requires unprecedented
national cooperation. People need food, shelter, medication, toiletries and other personal
effects. Children in Barbuda also need to be relocated to another school. The UPP will
coordinate closely with state and local government and agencies to ensure that residents
get the immediate relief that they need,” said Senator Harold Lovell, Political Leader of the
UPP.

One fatality has been reported in Barbuda and the UPP mourns the loss of Carl Francis Jr,
a 2-year old boy whose young life was cut short. The Party offers sincere condolences to
his parents, Carl Francis and Stevet Jeremiah.

“To all of our Barbudan family who were impacted by this storm’s devastation, we stand
firmly with you. The UPP is committed to working together with the Government to get
Barbuda up and running. We stand ready to pool our resources and networks to ensure a
full and swift recovery. The journey might be long, but we are here for you and we will get
through this together,” said Senator Harold Lovell.

The UPP Political Leader also credits the disaster preparedness teams and technical staff
for their dedication, high level of professionalism, coordination and commitment to service,
during the passage of Hurricane Irma.

“Across the board, we’ve seen good cooperation and a spirit of service. To the entire team
including NODS, ABDF, police officers, firefighters, EMS and NSWMA, we thank them for
their heroic work in ensuring the safety of others. We are also grateful to the Red Cross
and hundreds of volunteers, who are currently assisting in the facilitation process,” said
Senator Harold Lovell.

The UPP applauds the spirit of unity and togetherness among Antiguans and Barbudans
during the hurricane, that symbolizes a strong sense of national pride and recognition of
the need to look out for each other, in the hours of greatest need.

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