MSDFS ready to assist victims of flooding caused by recent rainfall

The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services (MSDFS) wishes to advise the public that the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government and the ODPM are two of the key first responders in any natural disaster that affects the country. Relief items such as bags, tarps and mattresses, are usually distributed through the ODPM and the Disaster Management Units in the various municipal corporations, based on immediate needs assessments conducted.

The role of the MSDFS, following clearance from the first responders, is to provide financial support to disaster victims via grant funding, food support and psychosocial support, including counselling services as required. The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services would like to assure  the public that it remains committed  to, and is working with the other State agencies in ensuring that families affected by these eventualities receive assistance as soon as possible.

For further information on disaster relief funding and food support, persons may call the Ministry’s toll free hotline at 800 – 1MSD. Persons in need of psychosocial support, including counselling services  may contact the National Family Services Division at 623 – 2608; Ext 6701 – 6707.

ENDS

Communications Unit

Ministry of Social Development and Family Services

(868) 623-2608; Ext 5405/5432        

Mobile: 701 6062
corporatecomm.msd@gmail.com

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