Dominica's Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has given the country's commitment to offering support to sister islands Haiti and The Bahamas as they deal with the ravages of Hurricane Matthew.
In an address to the nation Friday, PM Skerrit called on the business community to mobilise a Hurricane Matthew Relief and Recovery Exercise within their individual establishments.
He says such an exercise will be coordinated with the Office of Disaster Management and the Dominica Red Cross.
PM Skerrit has given a one week deadline for hurricane supplies and relief to be dispatched to these hurricane ravaged islands.
PM Skerrit says he believes it is Dominica's duty to respond without request.
" Let us respond today, as we were responded to 14 months ago" said PM Skerrit.
Haiti was hit the hardest, with Matthew responsible for more than 300 deaths. Meanwhile, in the Bahamas, the storm tore through the island chain leaving a path of destruction. This is the first major hurricane to hit the Bahamas capital since the late 1920s.
With Hurricane Matthew churning well to the north, the challenge now for these Caribbean nations is rebuilding. This is especially difficult for Haiti, a nation still recovering from the deadly 2010 earthquake.
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