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US Ambassador Joseph Mondello and Minister of National Security Stuart Young next to one of the jeeps donated to the ODPM.

In continued partnership with the T&T Government, the United States Government donated two sport utility Jeeps, 18 Samsung Galaxy tablets, and 195 hand crank radios valued at US$255,000 to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM).

Ambassador Joseph Mondello presented the donation to Minister of National Security Stuart Young and ODPM Chief Executive Officer Major General (Ret’d) Rodney Smart at the Emergency Operation Centre in Mausica on Tuesday. They both acknowledged the critical importance of disaster preparedness and response, especially given the additional challenges posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Ambassador Mondello pledged continued US support for disaster preparedness and emphasized “the importance of ensuring national level agencies have the equipment and resources to rapidly respond during hurricane and flood season.”