LATEST FROM IRG 6-Sep-15 0800 EST, RESPONSE IN PROGRESS

IRG Reserve vessel S/V Bees Mej returned to our Caribbean base St. Lucia Saturday 5th Sept 3pm after difficult round trip with supplies to cut-off Portsmouth, Dominica. Debriefing this morning. IRG S/V Thunderbird 5 fully loaded 12 tons of supplies ready to sail when crew fly in Sunday 6th.

Read news from the devastation here. IRG is working with the National Disaster Coordinator, Social Welfare Division and the Food Supplies Committee on the Commonwealth of Dominica for what they need. We have two IRG Reserve yachts and Thunderbird 5 in St. Lucia preparing to sail soon, crew flying in. Supplies are being collected from Trinidad and other islands and we are coordinating multiple boats from St. Martin, St. Lucia, Grenada and Trinidad.

INTELLIGENCE

Latest intelligence on Erika from GDACS click here. Latest intelligence on Dominica, click here 29-Aug-15. "Tropical Storm Erika to lose steam, but death toll rising. Tropical Storm Erika began to lose steam yesterday as it skirted along the southern coast of the Dominican Republic, but it left behind a trail of destruction that included at least a dozen people killed on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said." Latest says 20 dead, 31 missing. Some damage on Haiti, we may bring some support later in the month after Dominica.

REQUESTED HELP

We are in contact with the the Chairman of the Social Welfare Division in the Commonwealth of Dominica coordinating distribution. This is what they need (quoted): "Water (urgent), clothing supplies for both adults and children, and food items (oil, canned goods, rice etc.), books, stationery and games for children, cleaning supplies (bleach, detergents, bathing soaps)."

As of 29-Aug-15: Medical supplies needed / Comprehensive needs list / Locations of special needs

VESSELS SAILING TO DOMINICA LOADED WITH AID SUPPLIES

Catamaran "Bees Mej" departing St. Lucia fully loaded Wednesday morning 2-SEP bound for Portsmouth, Dominica.

97' IRG ketch departing Sunday 6-SEP, being loaded by local contributors (thank you Cafe Ole, Barbara Pyle and Kirk Elliott)  and St. Lucia Red Cross.

CONTACTS

Does anyone have contacts at any Caribbean Rotary Club? Please reply to me if you do... Please contact the following people for each island with our grateful thanks:

  • Grenada - Jennifer Cole Simpson:  collecting donations here in Grenada this week and ready to depart for Dominica when weather allows. Mobile: 473-414-1813

  • Trinidad - Willie Haskins: Yachties collecting donations of canned food and water. Two collections points: Power Boats Marina, and Coral Cove Marina to be finalized.

  • St. Martin - ben on S/V Mistress: You can email direct gringoben at gmail.com.

  • St. Lucia - Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG: IRG 97' ketch and help from Rodney Bay. Mobile 758-519-1402.

COMMUNICATIONS

Are there any boats between Portsmouth and Roseau on Dominica? Portsmouth is cut off and there is only a Ham operator with SSB and Marine VHF, help needed. Please message Captain Ray

Facebook page set up by ben on S/V Mistress for general ideas and exchange.

DONATIONS

A huge help from IGY Marina at Rodney Bay, St. Lucia - they are donating docking space so that our 97' yacht can accept supplies directly without dinghy transfers into the anchorage - that's a fantastic help, thank you Paul Ash, General Manager!

Supplies and cash needed to aid in our response and buy diesel fuel, please click here if you can help.
Now working with Mrs. Velda Joseph of the Government of Saint Lucia, through the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) to receive water, medical and other supplies, they are building a comprehensive plan for aid to Dominica.

SPECIAL DISASTER AREAS DECLARED

The Coordinator of Office of Disaster Management has declared the following locations as Special Disaster Areas:

  1. Bath Estate (Paradise Valley)
  2. Dubique
  3. Petite Savanne
  4. Campbell
  5. Coulibistrie
  6. Pichelin
  7. Petite Soufriere
  8. Good Hope
  9. San Sauveur

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Comment by Jennifer Cole Simpson on September 5, 2015 at 5:17pm
We have decided to continue shopping as planned Monday then head to Carriacou Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning. We will begin heading North Wednesday or Thursday when the seas settle here a bit and travel based on TS Grace's path. If she does go North, we will sail straight through. Otherwise we will just stay south of her and move as we can.

The good news is we have raised nearly $3000 to spend on goods and have piles of donated items. I will email you my InReach map address so you can track our progress and message us if needed once we're out of wifi range.
Comment by Jennifer Cole Simpson on August 31, 2015 at 11:05am
Here is a link to my request for support in Grenada. Great response so far! If all goes well and the weather holds, we will depart next week.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/132087906871838/permalink/887241538...
Comment by Jennifer Cole Simpson on August 30, 2015 at 6:36am
We will work on collecting donations here in Grenada this week and will be ready to depart for Dominica when weather allows and we receive necessary contact info/instructions.
Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on August 29, 2015 at 10:55am

IRG Reserve and affiliated boats - we are now in touch with Dominica's authorities and know what they need most (see above "Requested Help"). Fresh water is highest on the list, if you have a powerful watermaker you could be of immediate help. The most efficient distribution point in Dominica is Woodbridge Bay Port / Roseau Roads GPS coordinates N15.18.7 W61.23.4 and I will be able to direct boats to the local authorities with contact details soon.

Comment by Willie Haskins on August 29, 2015 at 8:02am

Yachties in Trinidad will start collecting donations of canned food next week. We are in the process of arranging two collections points: Power Boats Marina, and Coral Cove Marina. We will finalize these after the Independence Day holiday (this coming Monday). More to come.

Comment by ben on August 28, 2015 at 3:44pm

I am in Saint Martin with my boat SV.Mistress a 39ft Ketch. I had be planning on heading south and will now endeavour to get down to Dominica sooner rather than latter and collect donations of food, clothing, bedding, cooking stuff, building materials etc from here as soon as possible. Any advice appreciated. Ben (gringoben at gmail.com)

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