ADRA responds to Hurricane Irma devastation in the Caribbean


The humanitarian agency is also preparing for disaster relief as Hurricane Maria threatens the region.

September 20, 2017


ADRA responds to Hurricane Irma devastation in the Caribbean

The widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Irma has profoundly impacted millions of people. Relief efforts by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) across several affected islands in the Caribbean and surrounding areas include the distribution of food, water, hygiene kits, mosquito nets, and other critical resources. ADRA’s response continues to grow even as emergency preparation is underway for Hurricane Maria. 

ADRA, one of the first humanitarian organizations to reach remote regions on the islands greatly impacted by the tropical storm, has activated relief teams as part of the ongoing disaster response. The islands that are most affected and receiving ADRA disaster relief assistance include: Anguilla, Barbuda, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, St. Martin/Maarten, Tortola, and Turks and Caicos. 

“ADRA has received reports of communities affected by flooding, lack of electricity, even reports of families clamoring for food and clean drinking water,” said Thierry Van Bignoot, director for emergency management at ADRA International. “Airports are accessible, but transportation to some islands remain limited to boats only. In spite of this, our emergency responders have been dispatched at these locations, and are working closely with global partners to supply food, water, hygiene kits, sleeping cots, mosquito nets, and more, for individuals and destitute families as quickly as possible.” 

Emergency preparations are also underway for Hurricane Jose, which has sparked a mandatory evacuation on the island of Barbuda. The unpredictable storm is also threatening to cause more destruction to the island’s already 90 percent devastation to infrastructure hard hit by Hurricane Irma. “People have been relocated to the island of Antigua from Barbuda,” said Van Bignoot. “The local Seventh‐day Adventist church in Antigua have pitched in to assist families with needed shelter, and ADRA is monitoring the situation for shipment of food and water, including additional assistance.”


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