Help the people of the U.S.V.I.

nukirk:

St. Thomas and the U.S.V.I. is my second hometown. I know a lot of places are in need of help, but please don’t forget us. My people need your help as well.

So, if you can, spare us what you can give.

Below are verified forms of giving where your dollars will go directly to help out.

21 USVI Relief Fund – YouCaring Fundraiser organized by one of the native sons, former NBA star/ San Antonio Spurs player Tim Duncan. He will be visiting the islands to help out, especially St. Croix, his hometown.

UNICEF – Helping the local children.

Please don’t give to the Red Cross.

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Thank you.

Irma Update #3

Short update, but here goes:

  • My cousin was able to reach my dad (like walk down to his house). He’s okay and safe. He has no power and no phone access, but he’s fine.
  • Tornadoes are basically going to be touching down all over the state for the forseeable future. One basically formed a few blocks away from the shelter. (Which is supposedly also a tornado shelter, but what even does that mean?)
  • I’ve lived through multiple cat ¾ hurricanes in my life (like Wilma when I was 15), but this is the first time I’ve legitimately feared for my life while in a safe shelter.
  • And this is with the storm’s eye like 100 miles off the Keys. I’m terrified of what it will bring as it turns north (which it might be doing now).

stitchmediamix:

Irma Update – Shelter Part 2

The shelter technically isn’t at capacity but because people were told to bring their own bedding and several brought big ass air mattresses there’s limited space. No idea when they’ll announce how/if they’re fixing that. They might just announce the shelter as being full because it’s that hard to get people to cooperate.

My sister is almost done cleaning. Everything is ready for barricading, the bathroom and closet are cleaned so they can become a safe place just in case, and she has a go-bag by the door just on case. I hope they won’t have to try and brave the storm.

Last I heard (after saying the exact opposite thing in Facebook) is that Irma is hitting Florida from the west. I don’t know what that means for any of us and I don’t even know if the damn storm will even do that. This is just super unpredictable and I hate that.

And then any relief about our loved ones in St. Thomas is tempered by the fact that within days (and before serious rescue efforts can even take place) Jose will hit them as a Cat 4 and most of the island doesn’t have access to shelter, food, or a way to listen to the news. Ugh.

So Irma is coming in from the west, but it’s coming in from the southwest and as a potential Cat 5 (@ 160mph sustained winds). We’re all screwed in this state, but those of us on the east coast maybe even more so as we’re in the north eastern quadrant of the storm when it hits and that’s the second most dangerous part of the storm due to the surge and high tornado probability.

Irma Update – Shelter Part 2

The shelter technically isn’t at capacity but because people were told to bring their own bedding and several brought big ass air mattresses there’s limited space. No idea when they’ll announce how/if they’re fixing that. They might just announce the shelter as being full because it’s that hard to get people to cooperate.

My sister is almost done cleaning. Everything is ready for barricading, the bathroom and closet are cleaned so they can become a safe place just in case, and she has a go-bag by the door just on case. I hope they won’t have to try and brave the storm.

Last I heard (after saying the exact opposite thing in Facebook) is that Irma is hitting Florida from the west. I don’t know what that means for any of us and I don’t even know if the damn storm will even do that. This is just super unpredictable and I hate that.

And then any relief about our loved ones in St. Thomas is tempered by the fact that within days (and before serious rescue efforts can even take place) Jose will hit them as a Cat 4 and most of the island doesn’t have access to shelter, food, or a way to listen to the news. Ugh.

We still haven’t heard directly from my dad post-Irma, but his sister spoke to him as the storm hit and as the mango trees knocked up against his shutters.

This picture was taken after the storm and as you can see, while we no longer have mango trees, we still have a roof. I’m hoping that he can get in touch with us soon and that I can get him off the island before Jose does whatever it’s going to do.

Irma Update – Shelter and Signal Boost

My mother isn’t feeling well so she wanted to go to a shelter where there will probably be medical personnel.

If you live in Miami or Broward County and need shelter from the storm, Park Lake Elementary is not even close to full capacity and they’re serving meals three times a day. You have to have your own bedding, water, general snacks, and toiletries, but it seems secure enough.

Many other shelters across Broward are still open and I think that if you’re even the slightest bit worried about your welfare, you should head to one of them.

I’ll be keeping y’all posted throughout the storm. My mom and I have three phones with service between us and a power bank with a ton of power.

Now, my sister and the niecelings are staying in our apartment which I do feel is as safe as any other sturdy building in a storm. Our windows are supposed to be storm resistant and they plan to hole up in the kitchen or bathroom if things get really bad. I’m still hoping that they decide to head to a shelter (or our shelter) but the apartment should be safe.

Additionally, I’m officially not looking for any information about the state of St. Thomas or my family members until after the storm passes us. It’s too stressful to worry about them and about my family up here.

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