Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens in the British Virgin Islands:  Assistance in the Aftermath of Hurricane Irma

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens in the British Virgin Islands:  Assistance in the Aftermath of Hurricane Irma
September 10, 2017

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean and the U.S. Department of State are continuing to reach out to the British Virgin Islands and UK authorities to coordinate assistance to U.S. citizens in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.  In the meantime, U.S. citizens should shelter in place.  If you require urgent assistance, contact local authorities.

Those needing urgent medical evacuation should contact the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) by calling 284-852-7525 or 284-852-7500 or e-mailing bviddmirma@gmail.com<mailto:bviddmirma@gmail.com>

The DDM posted the following update on its Facebook page:

MESSAGE FROM THE BVI HEALTH SERVICES AUTHORITY
While we all cope with the impacts of hurricane Irma, the BVI Health Services Authority is advising that the Peebles Hospital remains functional and open.
Our contact number is 852 7500 or 394 3497.
Persons needing emergency services are advised to go to the emergency department.
Persons with cuts and bruises are advised to go to the Road Town Clinic at Peebles Hospital for treatment.
All BVI Health Services staff remain committed to providing quality care during this difficult period and ask for your patience and support.
Persons in the healthcare private sector are asked to volunteer their services where they can at Peebles Hospital.
Remember to take your medication and remain hydrated.

DDM also provided Post with an updated list of shelters:
·     New Testament Church                               Tortola
·     Zion Hill Methodist Church                           Tortola
·     Long Trench Community Center                Tortola
·     St. George’s Anglican Church                      Tortola
·     Francis Lettsome School                               Tortola
·     Church of God of Prophesy, Long Look  Tortola
·     Garden Bay Community Center                 Tortola
·     Claudia Creque School                                   Anegada
·     Catholic Community Center                        Virgin Gorda
·     North South Methodist Church                 Virgin Gorda
To notify the State Department about a U.S. citizen in need of assistance, go to travel.state.gov <https://tfa.state.gov/> or:

·         Email IrmaEmergencyUSC@state.gov<mailto:IrmaEmergencyUSC@state.gov> and provide as much information as possible (at a minimum, please provide their full name, gender, and last known location within country, if known).
·         Call us at 1-888-407-4747 (from the U.S. & Canada), +1-202-501-4444 (from Overseas).