CONCACAF creates Disaster Evaluation Task Force
MIAMI, United States (CMC):
Continental governing body, CONCACAF, has established a Disaster Evaluation Task Force as part of its plan to bring much-needed relief to Caribbean countries devastated by the recent passage of Hurricane Irma and Maria.
President Victor Montagliani said the confederation would be supporting on-going relief efforts as well as providing resources to help rebuild infrastructure in the affected nations.
Dominica, one of CONCACAF's 41 members, received a direct hit from Hurricane Maria, suffering widespread damage. The cyclone also left a death toll of 15 so far in the small Caribbean island.
Barbuda, the sister island of Antigua, was also left uninhabitable after being struck by Hurricane Irma earlier this month.
Overall, 16 CONCACAF nations - including Mexico which was struck by three massive earthquakes recently - have been impacted by recent natural disasters and have been earmarked for relief.
"Our hearts and thoughts remain with our CONCACAF family and friends, who have been deeply impacted by the recent natural disasters within the region," Montagliani said.
"As the confederation assesses the needs of our member associations that were severely devastated, we are working diligently to provide emergency assistance. Together, we will help rebuild these communities."
The Disaster Evaluation Task Force will assess the individual needs of each affected nation and also "identify potential support measures and recommend the best course of action."
CONCACAF will then coordinate their efforts with those of world governing body, FIFA, and the football community in implementing relief.