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Hurricane Relief, Support & Resources

By Sue Richards last modified Sep 21, 2017 01:31 PM
Contributors: OCC, SSCA, BRC, Caribbean Compass
September 2017 has started with severe hurricane activity in the Atlantic and Caribbean Sea, in particular hurricanes Irma, Jose and now Maria, all leaving devastation in their wake. Here we are compiling a useful list of ways in which you can help the relief effort, find support and access more information about how to deal with hurricanes and keep yourselves and your boat safe.

Published: 2017-09-15 23:00:00
Topics: Weather

DAMAGE REPORTS

USA, Florida: Marina Conditions and Updates (from Salty Southeast Cruisers Net)

14/09/2017: Most Bahamas Marinas Open
https://bahamasmarinas.com/blog/2017/09/12/bahamas-marinas-are-open-for-business-september-2017/

11/09/2017: Bahamas Update after Irma (Explorer Chartbooks)
Exuma Yacht Club suffered serious damage to its docks. A major rebuild will be required.
The Central and Northern Exumas did not seem to suffer any damage except perhaps for beach erosion and some downed trees.
Long Island was spared any major damage.
Ragged Island was devastated by Hurricane Irma. Apparently, the seven people who were not evacuated from the island survived, but the town itself has been deemed “uninhabitable” by government authorities. Most of the buildings are leveled, except for the Silvertail Lodge and a few others, and no government structures were left standing. The oil depot at Gun Point was also wiped out. The folks that survived the hurricane have also left the island. This is sad news for the many cruising boats that visit the Ragged Islands during the winter season. There will be none of the already limited facilities available. Boats cruising to the Ragged Islands are truly on their own.
Bimini experienced water over the streets and many buildings with floors under water as well as marina docks under water and being hammered by waves. No report on the extent of damage.

 

RELIEF EFFORTS

15/09/2017: Royal Marines Role in the BVI - Operation Ruman

10/09/2017: Two major cruise lines are sending ships to the USVIs and St. Martin with supplies and to take on passengers who want to return to USA (they have to have valid passports), reportedly at no fee.

10/09/2017: The Cruising Community offering immediate assistance need your support
SY Totem have put together a comprehensive list of cruisers and the yachting community in the Caribbean who have already started to help and provide assistance to the stricken islands. See:
http://www.sailingtotem.com/2017/09/hurricane-irma-sailing-to-safety-how-you-can-help.html

10/09/2017: Yachting Community Responds - Atlantic Rallies gearing up

09/09/2017: Resources desperately needed for relief efforts in the Caribbean
By Daria Blackwell (OCC)
Jonathan Robinson of Sea Mercy has informed us that their desalination units and communications equipment are already on their way to the Caribbean.

YachtAid Global sent out a call to action for the Superyacht industry to collectively engage in relief efforts to benefit those who will be impacted by hurricane IRMA, and those already impacted by tropical storm Lidia in Mexico. They are a good point of contact for those wishing to assist. Reach out to YachtAid Global to find out when and where to leverage your assets.
http://yachtaidglobal.org/severe-hurricane-irma-call-to-action

Richard Branson has set up a NO FEES donation site through Virgin Unite. 100% of donations will go to aid and relief for the BVIs. Please share widely! Here's the link: https://www.virgin.com/unite/bvi-community-support-appeal

Red Cross launches Hurricane Irma Appeal: This includes the British Red Cross’ Overseas Branches Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Serve On are a search and rescue charity that will deploy to disaster zones and save lives.
Read about their action in the wake of Hurricane Irma here.

The Miami Herald have a list of recognised charities for Hurricane Irma disaster relief donations.

Hurricane Harvey: Disaster Relief & Donations | American Red Cross

Barbuda Relief Fund

Pretty much all of the northern Leewards took a bad hit, but St Barts and St Martin will be receiving aid from France, St Maarten from the Netherlands, the Virgins from the US and UK…. but poor Barbuda (part of the independent nation of Antigua & Barbuda) has no such “mother ship” and Irma’s eye went right over Barbuda, causing unimaginable devastation.

We now have official information with regards to financial contributions  - sent directly from the Government, Sir Ronald Sanders, Ambassador/High Commissioner.

Please be aware that unscrupulous persons are setting up websites claiming to be relief agencies for Barbuda. The Government of Antigua and Barbuda can take no responsibility for them. The details of the OFFICIAL ACCOUNT for sending contributions are shown below. If you wish to verify this information, please call the Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda to the US, and the High Commission to Canada at: (202) 362 5122. Members of Staff will confirm this information.

TO REMIT IN U.S. DOLLARS
56A: The Bank of New York Mellon (Intermediary Bank)
One Wall Street
New York 10286
SWIFT: IRVTUS3NXXX
For credit to:
57A: Crown Agents Bank, Ltd. (Account with Institution)
St. Nicholas House
St. Nicholas Road
Sutton Surrey, SM IEL United Kingdom
SWIFT : CRASGB2L
Account #8900319011
For Further Credit to:
59: Global Bank of Commerce (Beneficiary Bank)
St. John's, Antigua
SWIFT : GBCLAGAG
ACCOUNT# 33086101 (USD)
For Final Credit to:
70: Government of Antigua and Barbuda - Barbuda
Relief and Rebuilding Fund
Account #100-019-74
Nature of Payment is to be included (SWIFT Field 70)

TO REMIT IN EUROS
56A: Deutsche Bank, AG (Intermediary Bank)
Taunusanlage 12
Frankfurt AM Main 60262
SWIFT: DEUTEFFXXX
For credit to:
57A: Crown Agents Bank, Ltd. (Account with Institution)
St. Nicholas House
St. Nicholas Road
Sutton Surrey, SM 1 EL
United Kingdom
SWIFT : CRASGB2L
Account #9608217
For Further Credit to:
59: Global Bank of Commerce (Beneficiary Bank)
St. John's, Antigua
SWIFT : GBCLAGAG
ACCOUNT# 33086401 (EUR)
For Final Credit to.
70: Government of Antigua and Barbuda — Barbuda
Relief and Rebuilding Fund
Account # 100-019-75
Nature of Payment is to be included (SWIFT Field 70)

FOR US DOLLAR WIRE TRANSFERS:
56A: Intermediary Bank - Name and Address:
BNY Mellon, New York
SWIFT ID: IRVTUS3N 
ABA #: 021000018

57A: Account with Institution – Name and Address
Crown Agents Bank Ltd, Sutton
London
SWIFT ID: CRASGB2L

59: Beneficiary Customer - Name and Address:
Caribbean Union Bank Ltd
Friars Hill Road, Antigua
SWIFT ID: CUNBAGAG 
Account # 33178101

70: Ultimate Beneficiary Customer - Account Name, Number, Address
100-013-72
GOAB Barbuda Relief & Rebuilding Fund

FOR EURO DOLLAR WIRE TRANSFERS:
56A: Intermediary Bank - Name and Address:
DEUTSCHE BANK AG
SWIFT ID: DEUTDEFF

57A: Account With Institution – Name and Address
Crown Agents Bank Ltd, Sutton
London
SWIFT ID: CRASGB2L

59: Beneficiary Customer-Name and Address
Caribbean Union Bank Ltd
Friars Hill Road, Antigua
SWIFT ID: CUNBAGAG
Account # 33178401

70: Ultimate Beneficiary – Account Name, Number, Address
100-013-72
Barbuda Relief & Rebuilding Fund

Other ways you can help assist victims of the storm in Barbuda:

Financial contributions can also be made to two key places below at this time. We know there are lots of funding links out there but these are the two very trusted sources we are confident will pass all money on to the relief efforts.

1. Make financial donations via the ticketting APP on behalf of the  Antigua & Barbuda Red Cross.The ticketting APP is a locally owned and run company and will be passing on 100% of the funds donated to the Red Cross.

2. Make financial donations to the Curtain Bluff's non-profit (501c3) "Old Road Fund".

3. Adventure Antigua and Team Antigua - Atlantic Rowers are doing vital work to help provide relief support by taking the boat over with supplies first thing today. For anyone wishing to donate, Adventure Antigua will collect from clothing & household linens from anywhere on the island which will then be taken to a warehouse in Coolidge for sorting and distribution.  Call 723 6355 to arrange.

4. Call Joely Anton-Hall (720-5282) at Best Cellars Wines and Spirits to drop off donations to be delivered by Adam Barrett via helicopter 

5. Donate supplies at the Antigua Yacht Club Marina for ABSAR's team that is transporting items to Barbuda and who willl carry injured victims back to Antigua.  

6. Barbuda is now under voluntary evacuation due to impending Hurricane Jose. If you have a room in your home you can open to a Barbudan, please call any of the following numbers 464-5056 / 736-3419 / 736-3420 /736-3421 / 736-3423

7. Drop donations at NODS on American Road (about half way between All Saints Road and Factory Road. Unfortunately they are not in a position to take cash support - that should be routed through the above agencies.

8. The Antigua and Barbuda Port Authority are collecting donations - right at the entrance to the Port. Please drop off supplies directly at the gate.

If you are aware of any relief efforts that we don't have listed, please email [email protected] and we will continue to update this post with new updates for as long as we have access to power.

If you wish to donate to the Hurricane Irma Relief Fund for Barbuda, volunteer to assist or locate friends and family in Barbuda, Log on to the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross website at http:www.abredcross.org/disaster

 

SUPPORT NETWORKS

Coast Guard establishes Miami area emergency phone line for mariners
Mariners in need of emergency assistance are urged to contact 911 first.  If 911 service is unavailable, please contact (305) 953-4617 to reach the Coast Guard Sector Miami incident command post.

The ARRL has activated a radio net for those caught up in Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean.
Find out more at the OCC website - http://oceancruisingclub.org/newsitem/95/Hurricane-Radio-Net?

Facebook Page for Hurricane Irma - Contact and Aid Group - SXM version
https://www.facebook.com/groups/671030379769845/

Facebook Page for Hurricane Irma - Contact and Aid Group - BVI version
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1922822811318744/

Facebook Page for Hurricane Irma - Contact and Aid Group - St. Thomas version
https://www.facebook.com/groups/241455502718865/


HURRICANE RESOURCES

Chris Parker Weather Centre - Storm Track
https://www.facebook.com/marineweathercenter/

Cruisers' Net is keeping abreast of Hurricane Irma by posting and updating storm related information (predominantly for the USA) as it is received. 
http://cruisersnet.net/irma-updates/

National Hurricane Centre - http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Weather Resources for Hurricane Season (SY Totem) 
http://www.sailingtotem.com/2017/09/weather-resources-for-hurricane-season.html

Hurricane Prep - Reducing Windage (with more links in the article). 
https://theboatgalley.com/hurricane-prep-reducing-windage/

Useful advice if you are heading into a mangrove area. 
http://www.itsanecessity.net/.../tying-into-mangroves.../

Preparing a Marina-Bound Boat for a Tropical Storm

See noonsite’s Weather page, Hurricane section, for a range of useful links to advice and articles.

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