First Aid and mapping will soon be two of the disaster-preparedness capabilities for residents in Bendals and Barbuda. The two areas will be receiving aid from the Antigua & Barbuda Red Cross this year.
This initiative forms part of the organisation’s 2010 community development programme.
“Each year, we deal with one or two communities,” Red Cross Director General Gerald Price said. “Bendals community has been earmarked and Barbuda.
“For the first part of 2010, they will be taught and given the opportunity to respond in disasters. They will be taught First Aid. They’ll be given all the opportunities to do mapping,” Price added.
The Red Cross representative noted that the charity will provide disaster-response equipment such as shovels, maps and drills to the two communities.
Last year’s beneficiaries were the Bathlodge and Pigotts areas.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, with 186 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the organisation’s work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.