Hurricane Work Needed for the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

Hurricane Work Virgin Islands/ Puerto Rico

Hurricane Work Virgin Islands

Hurricane Work

Straight from the people ON THE GROUND as well as VITEMA –

Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency

The TOP ITEMS that need donating are:

Baby Formula
Women’s Hygiene Products
Diapers
Antibiotics, medical supplies
Items to do the work, shovels, and tools.
Generators
Tarps
We also have NEED OF A CAR BARGE. I know this is not something that most people have access too but someone has one somewhere close we can use 🙂
Hurricane Work Virgin Islands, CAR BARGE NEEDED

Hurricane Work Virgin Islands, CAR BARGE NEEDED

We need FUEL and we also need a way to get that fuel into the boats that are doing the supply runs without using a jerry can all the time at some point.
We have been all over the island, helping people, giving interviews to CNN as well as helping them with supplies they need to get the news items uplinked to the satellite.

We need to stop donating supplies that aren’t needed and maybe look at donations to pay people who have nothing and no money who have skills and ARE on island to continue labor and clean up work. Then we will need to bring people with very specialized skills from off island. Many will volunteer but we still need to house, food and supply them.
We have a supply depot in St Croix that items can be shipped too. We already have a lot of supplies there. We are making trips back and forth with dozens of boat trips taking supplies into St Thomas, St John and the British Virgin Islands.
Most have been doing the boat runs for free or limited donations for fuel, but that is not a long term solution. No small business or person can afford this long term.
Think about all the boating people (I am saying boating because I KNOW the industry  so well) There are so many who were involved in day sails, power boat rentals, etc what are they going to do and how are they going to live until the cruise ship industry comes back?
What about all the people who clean the boats, do the laundry, provide the supplies?
The small businesses and people can’t afford to wait this out! The large corporations CAN.
 One small piece of the puzzle here is getting money into the hands of very small businesses, and people who have nothing and WANT to work, not just a handout.
I am here on the ground, I have been working and watching and going through the hurricane with everyone. I see the adrenalin stopping, the desperation setting in, the depression, the “oh my god how are we going to live” the hollow eyes from lack of sleep and worry. The cuts and infections that so many people are trying to cope with. I have talked to many people who are going “now what” ? What do I do? Where do I go? How do I live?
Hurricane Irma- St Thomas

Hurricane Irma- St Thomas

We want to connect people on island currently who have skills, or two healthy hands and who want to work with money to keep going and survive themselves.
If you have a boat that can make the trip from St Croix to the USVI or the BVI with supplies, LET US KNOW!  We can pay you for this. Everyone cannot keep doing it for free. It can be a term charter boat, a private boat, a power boat. One 50’ Catamaran can put a lot of supplies on board.
We at Nautical Trips have a donation page on our website here. This is going to pay to put people to work now.

Hurricane Work Virgin Islands

If you have a boat please email us here for doing runs from St Croix around the Virgin Islands (PAID, if you want to cover it yourself that is fine for those who can/want to afford it)
If you have skills or just plain old two healthy hands and you want to do any type of work sign up here for PAID work. This is for people ON ISLAND or who have evacuated just close by who want to come home. This is ONLY for local people.
If you are someone who needs help to get themselves, their house, or their small business back up and running please sign up HERE.  Our aim is to match workers with what needs doing and have sponsors we have already obtained pay them, not for YOU to pay them. The more details you can provide the better for our organizing.
IF you are off island and have specialized skills that we will need on island in the short to medium term please send us an email of what they are and what you are willing to donate, time frame.
You can also comment on this post, or send us a private message on Facebook!
I have been seeing everyone pulling together, helping each other out, I am sensing a shift, we need to evolve what we are offering and decided that Hurricane Work Virgin Islands is one way of doing it after talking and working with everyone on the island.
We as well, have had moments where we thought we would just leave the islands but we are needed and we are putting people to work where we can in our small way helping to fix our paradise.
Thank you to all who have donated so far, it is greatly appreciated even though we are too busy currently to reach out to everyone personally.
Anyone who has ever spent or dreamt about spending time in the islands we humbly ask you to help our people work in the short term.
Nautical Trips- Hurricane Irma

Nautical Trips- Hurricane Irma & Maria

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5 replies
  1. Linda
    Linda says:

    I haven’t heard anything from Derek Jeter. I know his wife has roots in ST Thomas and he’s enjoyed time on Jost. I understand he’s a very private person but I think if he put his name and face to something to help the islands it would help draw more attention to what people are going through. I’m not lucky enough to call the islands home, but they are my hearts home. We need to get and keep this long journey ahead in the spotlight by all means possible!
    God Bless

    • Sherry
      Sherry says:

      Agree!! I forgot about the Jeter connection! I have family on St. Thomas and I know that island needs a lot of help!! Jeter could put a face to it!!

  2. Matthew Knoll
    Matthew Knoll says:

    Hello, regarding the car barge needed I can’t help with one already down island, but know of plenty of suitable vessels here stateside. Perhaps we can put minds together to see if getting one down there is feasible.

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