Canada stands ready to respond to Hurricane Dorian

Statement

September 4, 2019 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, today issued the following statement regarding Hurricane Dorian:

“Canadians remain gravely concerned by Hurricane Dorian and we express our condolences to all those affected by its devastation.

“Canadian government officials have been deployed to the Bahamas to assess the situation.

“An airport engineering specialist is now in Nassau as part of two Regional Rapid Needs Assessment Teams led by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). As they gain access to the hardest hit areas, these assessment teams will help provide a clearer picture of the storm’s impact on the affected populations and their associated needs.

“Two additional Canadian officials are arriving in Nassau today to provide added capacity and expertise as well as support to Canadians.

“In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, Canada is also announcing up to $500,000 in emergency assistance to support experienced humanitarian organizations. Canada’s contribution will support the efforts of humanitarian partners to respond quickly to needs once assessments are completed of those communities most affected by the disaster. We continue to work closely with CDEMA and the Government of the Bahamas to identify how Canada can best support the provision of emergency assistance.

“Canada takes the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously. We continue to closely monitor Hurricane Dorian’s trajectory and the situation in the affected areas and stand ready to provide consular assistance to Canadian citizens as required.

“We encourage Canadians to regularly consult the Travel Advice and Advisories for updated information and to register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service to receive the latest advice.

“Canadians in the affected areas should monitor local media for information and advice and follow the instructions of local authorities and emergency workers. We urge Canadian citizens in the affected areas to contact and reassure their loved ones, even if they have not been affected by the hurricane.

“Canadian citizens requiring emergency consular assistance can contact Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at 1-800-387-3124 (toll-free), +1 613-996-8885 or email sos@international.gc.ca.

“The Government of Canada remains in close contact with all its partners in the Caribbean and stands ready to continue to respond as needed and appropriate.”

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Adam Austen
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Adam.Austen@international.gc.ca

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