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.
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.
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)."
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.
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.
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
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: