The United States Government is to fund the construction of a warehouse for the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). This was disclosed by US Embassy Charge d’ Affairs Thomas Smithams during a recent meeting with Chief Secretary Orville London.
London said Smithams had confirmed that the United States Government would be assisting TEMA in providing capacity for warehousing He said the Assembly would have provided land to TEMA off the Claude Noel Highway at Signal Hill for its headquarters in a very expensive process.
He said the project will be done when funds were available. In the meantime, he added, TEMA will continue to use the Nipdec warehousing facilities at Shaw Park at significant cost. London said Nipdec had indicated that it can no longer make the space available. “I think this is very timely and it shows the kind of respect TEMA has internationally especially from the US whose government is willing to provide the assistance,” he said.
London said TEMA was one of the more professionally run organisations in the Assembly and he was expecting that it would maintain that level of professionalism as it moved forward.
He noted that TEMA was still a work in progress and his administration was one of the few in the region that would have placed that kind of resources on disaster management, so much so it was now a model for disaster management in the region.