May 06, 2017
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) received grant aid by way of emergency management equipment through a Japanese funding programme.
On Thursday, April 27, 2017, the agreement was signed at the National Emergency Management Agency under Japan’s Grant Aid for the Provision of Japanese Disaster Reduction Equipment Under the “Economic and Social Development Programame.”
The equipment is worth an estimated 200 million yen or US$1.8 million.
The machines would augment NEMA’s logistics programme: warehousing programme in Inagua and Grand Bahama, and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force roll-on roll-off transporting relief equipment.
Being manufactured are wheel crane, tractor head, 40-ft. semi trailers, excavators with blade, forklift, tract loaders or skid steer loaders, flatbed cargo trucks, radio transceiver handheld VHF, refrigerated container, engine pump, balloon lights, among other supplies. The items are expected to be shipped by the end of 2017.
The Japanese Government is no stranger to donating to The Bahamas disaster emergency programme: it assisted in 1999 after Hurricane Floyd. The Japanese also propose to assist with the national emergency shelter programme.
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and Japanese officials signed an agreement for the donation of emergency equipment from Japan to The Bahamas -- manufactured specifically for The Bahamas emergency plan. The agreement was signed Thursday, April 27, 2017 at NEMA on Gladstone Road. Pictured seated are Asuka Kaichimura, Assistant Project Manager, Japan International Corporation System; Hideki Shinozaki, Embassy of Japan; and Captain Stephen Russell, Director, NEMA. Standing are Cmdr. Adrian Chriswell, Royal Bahamas Defence Force; Jamahl Strachan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Lt. Cmdr. Michael Saunders, Royal Bahamas Defence Force; and Bradley King, Ministry of Works. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith)
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