British Virgin Islands
06 Sep -
05 Nov 2017
On the 6 September 2017, Hurricane Irma –the most powerful Atlantic storm ever recorded, caused devastation to an unparalleled amount of countries (includingtheBritish Protectoratesof Anguilla, Montserrat, British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI))overwhelming national, regional and international relief efforts. It was followed by a further two hurricanes:Jose –which had little real impact but was a distraction and Maria which followed a similar path at a commensurate strength albeit adding Dominica, amongst others,which caused significant impact both on the ground and on recovery efforts.
TR volunteers were on the ground in the Caribbean within 48 hours of Hurricane Irma making landfall. TR sent light liaison and assessment teams to the British Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Turks and Caicos and Barbados. TR are now assisting communities to recover and rebuild in the aftermath of the Hurricanes Irma and Maria that have devastated the region.
During the Op, TR repaired 2 clinics, 2 airports and 15 schools, cleared 20km of vital routes, distributed 28 tonnes of aid and 9,732 meals, provided 1,688 people with shelter and purified 59,340 litres of drinking water. The deployed team also trained and mentored 15 locals in Incident Management, and 120 locals in Shelter Provision.
As a result of the work that TR conducted, communities in the Caribbean, most notably Virgin Gorda, were not only able to deal with the ongoing crisis of three hurricanes with increased effectiveness, but were also able to increase their resilience and ability to react to future events.