L t R: Wayne Wong (IOM), Dale Jenkins (IOM), Minister Charles Obichang, Vice Chairman of National Emergency Committee, USA Ambassador John Hennessey-Niland and Jayson Sebalt, NEMO.

Koror, Palau – July 20, 2021: Continuing off the strong partnership the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has established with United State Agency for International Development (USAID) the US Ambassador to Palau, His Excellency John Hennessey-Niland, handed over additional humanitarian relief items to the Palau National Emergency Management Office. Similar items were donated by the USAID in May 2021 to the National Emergency Management Officer that were distributed by the Red Cross to families that were impacted by Typhoon Surigae.

With Palau’s ongoing recovery efforts from the damages caused by Typhoon Surigae, these commodities from the people of the United States of America will continue to strengthen the communities’ ability to recover from the impact of the typhoon and be equipped to respond to future disaster events.

The IOM and the USAID’s Palau Emergency Preparedness and Enhanced Resilience (PEPER) Project helps to support both communities and government to reduce hazard-related risk and respond to emergencies. Through the USAID humanitarian relief work and IOM PEPER Project, the USA Ambassador John Hennessey-Niland handed over additional humanitarian relief items such as 1,000 plastic buckets with lids (14L) and 1,000 plastic buckets with lids and tap, 120 plastic sheetings (4mX60m) and 240 kitchen sets to the National Emergency Committee Vice Chairman Charles Obichang and the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO). These pre-positioned commodities serve as relief assets to strengthen Palau community’s capacity to anticipate, cope with, and recover from disasters.

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