A 2017 Relief Effort Helped the U.S. Virgin Islands Escape More Serious Storm-Induced Harm

September 18, 2019


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Hurricanes are basically a fact of life in the U.S. Virgin Islands, but relief and recovery can never be taken for granted. Even once an especially intense storm has moved away or dissipated, many residents of the U.S Virgin Islands typically remain in great danger.

Local companies like Cane Bay Partners have committed to helping out in any way they can. That consulting firm founded a nonprofit named “Cane Bay Cares” that contributed greatly to the recovery from 2017’s Hurricanes Irma and Maria. With the effectiveness and value of this type of community-focused involvement having been proved, the future for the U.S Virgin Islands is looking brighter.

The Frequently Devastating Calm After the Storm

Severe tropical storms are always dangerous in their own right, but the devastation they leave behind can be every bit as threatening. That is especially true in places like the U.S Virgin Islands, where the local infrastructure tends not to be particularly reliable or resilient to begin with.

Basic necessities of life like clean water, medicine, and food inevitably become difficult to come by after a hurricane hits the U.S. Virgin Islands. As a result, many of the deaths attributed to severe storms have historically happened well after the weather in the area has returned to normal.

Providing Much-Needed Aid to Storm Victims

What makes the most difference in virtually every case is making sure that aid gets where it is needed as quickly as possible. Soon after Irma and Maria moved away from the U.S. Virgin Islands, Cane Bay Cares was on the ground providing supplies like:

  • Water. No person can survive for long without water, and hurricanes often wreak havoc on local supplies. Contaminated drinking water is a frequent cause of storm-related illnesses and even death, so providing a safe, clean alternative is almost always a top priority.
  • Medicine. People with chronic illnesses often find themselves losing access to required medications after storms pass through the U.S Virgin Islands. Cane Bay Cares and others helped keep this common problem to a minimum after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Responses like these helped keep the damage caused by two particularly severe storms to a minimum. The lessons learned from that 2017 recovery drive will undoubtedly serve the U.S Virgin Islands well in the future.