Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie signed an Exigency Order on November 15 that will benefit residents who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy in October.
Abaco was identified as one of the islands whose residents suffered loss.
The Exigency Order allows them to bring in specified items listed in item 12 of Part B of the Fourth Schedule to the Tariff Act, and Item 5 Part B of the Second Schedule of the Excise Act. The order ends on Feb.15, 2013.
Permitted goods include: building, electrical and plumbing materials, household furniture fixtures, furnishing and appliances, freezers and heaters, materials for clean-up or repairs to property including fences, fishing boats, gear, parts and apparatus, farming equipment and utensils and motor vehicles.
This past week, Senior Island Administrator Preston Cunningham encouraged those who seek to take advantage of the assistance to do so as soon as possible. He also urged residents to be honest in the information they supply to him.
Admin. Cunningham warned: “Any person even attempting to deceive a public officer while in the execution of his duties is a criminal act punishable by law – you can go to jail.”
He said that storm surges accounted for the majority of damages inside of homes with furniture and ceiling damages along with high winds that caused shingles to be blown off of roofs.
“A number of persons have expressed their concern as related to damaged vehicles, and then secondly, the damage of the homes with quite a bit of roof damage and furniture damage,” he shared. “And so all of these items are able to be brought in duty free once people apply.
“We want them to take advantage, so that their homes can be properly and quickly restored.”
Applications are available at the Administrator’s Office, which is located at the Government Complex in Dundas Town.