U.S Congresswoman Waters Visits NEMA

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United States Congresswoman Maxine Waters visited the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA on Gladstone Road on Thursday, October 10, 2019. She received an update on recovery efforts post Hurricane Dorian. She also viewed the Dome structure model on NEMA’s compound. Dome structures will be erected in areas impacted by the hurricane and used as temporary housing and Government office spaces. Pictured from left are US Congressman Al Green, the Representative for Texas's 9th congressional district; Captain Stephen Russell, Director of NEMA; Congresswoman Waters; her husband Sidney Williams, former US Ambassador to The Bahamas; and John Michael Clarke, Co-Chair, Reconstruction Committee. (PHOTO/NEMA)

United States Congressman Maxine Waters paid a Courtesy Call on
officials at the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA on Gladstone Road on Thursday, October 10, 2019.

The U.S Representative for California’s 43 rd congressional district was accompanied by her husband Sidney Williams, former US Ambassador to The Bahamas; Congressman Al Green, the Representative for Texas’s 9th congressional district; US Charge’ d’ Affaires Stephanie Bowers, US Embassy, Nassau; Tim Callahan, USAID Senior Regional Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean, and other officials from the US Embassy. They met with Captain Stephen Russell, Director of NEMA; Chrystal Glinton, Deputy Permanent Secretary, NEMA; John Michael Clarke, Co-Chair, Reconstruction Committee; Lillian Quant-
Forbes, Director of Social Services; Melanie McKenzie, Director, Department of Environmental Health Services and Sherry Johnson Deal, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Congresswoman Waters was given an update on the recovery process underway by NEMA. Captain Russell noted the “tremendous” support by international partners and countries, especially the United States.
She thanked NEMA officials for taking time out of their “busy schedule” to update her on recovery efforts post the category 5 Hurricane Dorian, which impacted North and Central Abaco and East End Grand Bahama last month.

“We are pleased to be of help,” he said. “I am absolutely pleased to be here because you know my husband was former Ambassador here and we feel that we are part of the family here in The Bahamas. We feel that we cannot reasonably love and enjoy Junkanoo and not be of help
as much as we can.” Congresswoman Waters noted that NEMA has a “tremendous responsibility” with regards to Dorian’s recovery efforts. “We can say God Bless you and thank you, public servants …”

US Charge’ d’ Affairs Bowers said she is looking forward to working with the new Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction, whether through technical assistance and in other ways, and to assist during the reconstruction phases.

United States Congresswoman Maxine Waters paid a Courtesy Call on officials at the National
Emergency Management Agency, NEMA on Gladstone Road on Thursday, October 10, 2019.
Pictured from left are Sherry Johnson Deal, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; John Michael Clarke, Co-
Chair, Reconstruction Committee; her husband Sidney Williams, former US Ambassador to The
Bahamas; Congressman Waters; Captain Stephen Russell, Director of NEMA; US Congressman
Al Green, the Representative for Texas’s 9th congressional district; US Charge’ d’ Affaires
Stephanie Bowers, US Embassy, Nassau; Lillian Quant-Forbes, Director of Social Services;
Melanie McKenzie, Director, Department of Environmental Health Services; Chrystal Glinton,
Deputy Permanent Secretary, NEMA; and Tim Callahan, USAID Senior Regional Advisor for Latin
America and the Caribbean at the rear. (PHOTO/NEMA)

Former Ambassador Williams said he was “happy to be back home”; despite the devastation. The US officials were also given a tour of the Dome structure model on NEMA’s compound; the structures will be erected in areas impacted by the hurricane and used as temporary housing and Government office spaces.

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