Dominica is finalizing preparations to receive nationals from St Vincent as of early next week.
That’s according to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, who is also the Chairman of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States OECS.
Member States of the OECS and Caribbean Community CARICOM, have been making arrangements to house evacuees from St Vincent following the eruption of the La Soufriere volcano.
Mr. Skerrit said he sent a technical team, led by the Secretary to the Cabinet, to Portsmouth to visit the Moroccan hotel and to ascertain what needs to be put in place to receive some evacuees from St Vincent.
“We have also done an inventory of additional properties in that area, and the teams are working feverishly to put things in place, so that by Saturday we can inform the Government of St Vincent and the Grenadines how many people we are prepared to receive,” Mr. Skerrit stated.
The OECS Chairman indicated that the whole idea is for Dominica to be in a position to be able to receive friends from St Vincent and the Grenadines very early next week.
“Just to say if there are children involved, the Government will provide for the children to attend School, and we will take full responsibility for the families that will be relocated here in Dominica for a period of time,” Mr. Skerrit added.
Her said there are kind hearted Dominicans who have reached out to Government, indicating that they are prepared to host some people themselves.
“What we have done since then is to establish a hotline so that people who are interested in hosting Vincentians and Vincentian families could call this hotline and give your name, telephone number and address, so that we can arrange to meet with you and to ascertain your facilities your accommodations, and to determine whether you’ll be in a position to host the families,” Mr. Skerrit stated further.