Hurricane Irma 2017

5th September 2017 Hurricane Irma (see article strengthened to a category 5 and projected to skirt north of the Caribbbean islands and then a direct hit on the Bahamas and Florida on Sunday 10th September then along the US East Coast heading north. Projection image from 0900 5-Sep-17.

IRG Is already in Florida to act as a command center in Hollywood, Florida in our 97-foot flagship vessel.

* Secure large supplies of meds, food, toiletries and other items on list below on this page and message us. We can load cargoes aboard boats.
* If you are considering sailing your own boat anywhere in the Caribbean, place contact us to take on cargo. We can give you manifest papers and instructions.
* DONATE - we are an entirely unpaid volunteer organization with very low overhead, your funds will get supplies to where they are needed see link to right.
EMERGENCY CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS. Contact Captain Ray Thackeray (below contact details) or sign into here as a free member and report to IRG Flagship in Hollywood, FL at any time before and after the potential disaster. We have comfortable accommodations aboard ship prior to the strike and are evacuating to an apartment during. Relief operations will be conducted from ship again where we will keep our Zodiac. Medical professionals prioritized but all able-bodied volunteers accepted.

When the situation is stabilized, IRG will direct resources, volunteers and IRG Reserve boats to the Bahamas where considerable help is likely to be needed.

This page is intended to act as IRG's coordination and discussion link and can be accessed easily at

Captain Ray Thackeray
Executive Director
International Rescue Group
Mobile +1 (954) 348-4409

Location: Hollywood, Florida, USA
Members: 6
Latest Activity: yesterday


  • Food kits (like MREs)
  • Water filters
  • Tents or tarps
  • Medicine for cholera, water borne diseases and malaria etc. (Note: IRG's Medical Director Dr. Peter says that the main treatment for cholera is saline drip for rehydration) 
  • Aquatabs, painkillers, rehydration serum, antimalarials. Granular chlorine bleach
  • First aid supplies to deal with cuts; tetanus; fever; stomach issues and mosquito repellent.
  • Many kind of seeds like Melon, beans, tomatoes, papaya, peppers, potatoes. There are no vegetables anywhere to be found near Les Cayes or Ile a Vache bags of dried vegetables are an urgent need.
  • Seed-trays (styrofoam segmented) or black seed-sacks to start seedlings, trowels.
  • Toiletries, soap, toothpaste, brushes, wet wipes
  • Gas powered chain saw (possibly 5)
  • Air mattresses (possibly 50) to help in emergency such as this hurricane
  • Bed sheets and pillow cases (call hotels and hospitals?)
  • Generators (used or new)
  • Garden hoses
  • Mattresses
  • Towels 
  • School supplies
  • Nails (especially rooffing nails)
  • Roofing sheets
  • Saws, hammers
  • Scales to weigh new born babies 
  • First Aid kits
  • Gloves
  • Megaphone
  • Electrical tape
  • Pliers, cutters, strippers
  • Wirenuts, end fittings for wires
  • All components of solar systems
  • Multimeters
  • PVC cement and cleaner
  • Rubber cement and anything useful for guttering and water catchment and storage.
  • Rakes
  • Pitchforks
  • Shovels
  • Hoes
  • Machetes
  • Gloves
  • PVC rain parkas
  • PVC rubber boots
  • MONEY TO SPEND LOCALLY to buy as much as we can and get money/commerce moving.


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Comment by Melanie "Annie" S. Frey on September 12, 2017 at 8:19pm

I must return to my full time RN position in a physician office, but volunteer for weekends. Unfortunately, not able to take time off for offshore missions at this time, but will do what I can when available. Medical professional, able bodied, have van to transport supplies w/in FL.


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