Disaster Response and Regional Resiliency

Chargé d’Affaires John W. McIntyre speaking at today's opening seminar.

In the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes that made landfall from Dominica to Puerto Rico, on February 19-23, U.S. exchange alumni representing 19 countries from the Caribbean and the United States are participating in the Alumni in Action for Resilient Communities:  Emergency Response and Disaster Preparedness Seminar.

The U.S. Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago is hosting the workshop, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by World Learning.  The seminar brings together exchange alumni from Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Puerto Rico to create an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to sustainable recovery and resiliency to disasters in the region.

Chargé d’Affaires John W. McIntyre delivered opening remarks at this morning’s session where he noted the Embassy and the U.S. government “consider exchange alumni to be an essential, important, invaluable and powerful resource when it comes to achieving our goals on many fronts – economic, political, social and environmental to name a few.”

He added, “Part of your value lies in the rich experience and knowledge you bring to the conference, and I have noted you are an impressive group with diverse backgrounds and expertise…I hope you take full advantage of this gathering to really connect, share and learn from one another.”