Over the years, it has become engrained in the culture at National Energy that we are always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. This is once again the case as employees of National Energy have given generously to help bring some relief to the people of Eastern Caribbean who have been affected by the severe weather conditions that occurred near the end of 2013. We have been collecting canned food items which will be handed over to charitable organization, Is There Not a Cause who are distributing foodstuff to residents.
National Energy’s Keron Sooklal of the Loss Prevention & Sustainability Department was in St. Vincent from 31 December 2013 till his return to work on 06 January 2014. Keron, a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Reserves, was specially selected along with two (2) engineers to lend technical assistance to the Government of St. Vincent regarding their day to day relief operations. Working through the ODPM, the Trinidad and Tobago team left on 31 December 2013 on a specially chartered sailing of the TT Spirit to carry across over US$0.49 million in disaster relief items, which ranged from baby formula to heavy equipment.
Keron describes the devastation in St. Vincent as the worst he has ever seen as the island suffered widespread landslides and flooding. The collapse of over ten (10) major bridges has rendered roads impassable and added to the difficulty in getting much needed supplies to affected residents. Many citizens have been displaced from their homes and are housed in shelters. However, Keron commends the organizations on the ground including NEMO (the equivalent body to ODPM), Red Cross and ODPM for their swift response to the disaster.
National Energy will continue to do its part to lend a helping hand to our Caribbean brothers and sisters. You have until Friday, 10 January 2014 to bring in your canned food items. Please continue to give generously.