U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Irma Update #3

U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean
Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:
Hurricane Irma Update #3

 

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean continues to receive a high volume of inquiries regarding U.S. citizens affected by Hurricane Irma, particularly those on the islands of the Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, French St. Martin and St. Barthelemy.  Communication with the islands remains problematic, and we are unable to communicate effectively with host government officials.  We continue to reach out to the British and French authorities to determine what additional relief and rescue efforts are underway.

In the meantime, the best course of action is to shelter in place.  If you need food or water, you should seek local assistance where possible.

For U.S. Citizens in French St. Martin: There is no U.S. consular presence on the island. U.S. citizens should follow the instructions provided by local authorities. The French Ministry of Interior has set up a public line emergency line (Tel: 01 82 71 03 37) and provided a list of shelters in St. Martin and in St. Barthelemy.

We also have no consular presence on the British Virgin Islands.  There is a list of available shelters on the Royal Virgin Islands Police Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/rvipolice/photos/a.1634105816825430.1073741827.1619134748322537/2026572677578740/?type=3&theater

You can inform the Department of State about U.S. citizens affected by the hurricane who require emergency assistance through the following ways:

Visit Task Force Alert and select “2017 Hurricane Irma”

If you are entering information about a U.S. citizen in Dutch St. Maarten, Anguilla, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, or St. Eustatius use “Netherlands” as the Last Known Country

If you are entering information about a U.S. citizen in French St. Martin, Montserrat, St. Barthélemy, or St. Kitts and Nevis, use “Barbados” as the Last Known Country.

If you have difficulty using Task Force Alert, here are other options:

Email 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)