BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Hurricane irma razed 

“nature’s little secret” leaving lives
in ruin
 

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Hurricane Irma razed 

“nature’s little secret” leaving lives in ruin

Hurricane Irma Struck

Residents of the BVI lost homes, loved ones, businesses,  and their livelihood. 
Hurricane Irma Devastation in the BVI
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Many residents of the British Virgin Islands lost nearly everything when Hurricane Irma bulldozed across the territory. Survivors share stories of the utter devastation in the region and each story conjures a similar image. Diane describes the hurricane as a “violent shaking that felt like a combination of a hurricane, earthquake, and tornado”. Other residents describe the intensity of the storm that destroyed infrastructures and personal belongings as the most terrifying experience they have ever witnessed; all echoing that the storm was both “loud and scary”.
The storm’s fury destroyed the vast majority of most residents’ personal effects and left immense destruction in its wake. Buildings were demolished or severely damaged and residents were left with the mammoth task of picking up the “shattered pieces of their lives.” Most residents report losing everything; acknowledging that it will take years for the territory to return to its former state. The journey to restoring their lives, livelihoods, and homes will not be easy and many residents are left asking the question, “how do I begin to rebuild from nothing?”
As the people in the BVI tirelessly work to rebuild their lives, our team at “We Stand With Inc.” is also working tirelessly to ensure that the region’s most vulnerable are provided with the emotional support needed to abate symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress by collaborating with grassroots organizations within community. 

Hurricane Irma Struck

Residents of the BVI lost homes, loved ones, businesses, and their livelihood

Many residents of the British Virgin Islands lost nearly everything when Hurricane Irma bulldozed across the territory. Survivors share stories of the utter devastation in the region and each story conjures a similar image. Diane describes the hurricane as a “violent shaking that felt like a combination of a hurricane, earthquake, and tornado”. Other residents describe the intensity of the storm that destroyed infrastructures and personal belongings as the most terrifying experience they have ever witnessed; all echoing that the storm was both “loud and scary”.

Hurricane Irma Devastation in the BVI

The storm’s fury  left residents with very little personal belonging and a whole lot of destruction. Buildings were demolished or mostly destroyed and residents were left with the mammoth task of picking up the “shattered pieces of their lives”. Most residents reports losing everything; acknowledging it will take years for the territory to return to it’s former state. The journey to restoring their lives, livelihood, and homes will not be easy and many residents are left asking the question, “how do I begin to rebuild from nothing?”

As the residents tirelessly work to rebuild their lives, our team at “We Stand With Inc.” is also working tirelessly to ensure that the regions most vulnerable are provided with the emotional support needed to abate symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress by collaborating with grassroots organizations within community. 

 

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Hurricane

Irma

Survivors

report on the
“utter devastation”
in the
British Virgin Islands
BVI MAP

Hurricane

Irma

Survivors

report on the

“utter devastation”
in the
British Virgin Islands
BVI MAP
BVI residents recounts
their experience
and the impact of
the hurricane;
echoing 

the magnitude

of Irma

 

 
Diane

Diane & Kenrick

The storm hit the islands with a vengeance. The shaking was so violent it felt like a tornado within a hurricane hit our home. My family and I took refuge in our home office, which is now the only part of our home that did not sustain significant damage. By the time the winds subsided, everything around us was mostly destroyed. Read Diane’s account of the devastation.
Jackie F.

Jackie F.

I am lucky and grateful to be alive. The house I lived in was destroyed. Good thing I decided last minute to stay in a room next door, however when Irma hit, the roof blew off that house. Thanks to God, in the eye of the storm, the man next door came and got me and my puppy. His family and I held on to a cupboard as their roof had blown off as well. I lost everything, even my dog. This catastrophe has shown me the beautiful kindness and strength of people in our community and the BVI.
BVI residents recounts
their experience
and the impact of
the hurricane;
echoing 

the magnitude

of Irma

 

 

 The storm hit the islands with a vengeance. The shaking was so violent it felt like a tornado within a hurricane hit our home. My family and I took refuge in our home office, which is now the only part of our home that did not sustain significant damage. By the time the winds subsided, everything around us was mostly destroyed. Read Diane’s account of the devastation.

  • Diane & Kenrick

    Diane & Kenrick

    The storm hit the islands with a vengeance. The shaking was so violent it felt like a tornado within a hurricane hit our home. My family and I took refuge in our home office, which is now the only part of our home that did not sustain significant damage. By the time the winds subsided, everything around us was mostly destroyed. Read Diane's account of the devastation.

  • Jackie F.

    Jackie F.

    I am lucky and grateful to be alive. The house I lived in was destroyed. Good thing I decided last minute to stay in a room next door, however when Irma hit, that roof blew off that house. Thanks to God, in the eye of the storm the man next door came and got me and my puppy. His family and I held on to a cupboard as that roof had blown off  as well. I lost everything, even my dog. This has shown me the beautiful kindness and strength of people in our community and the BVI. People stuck on mountains with no communication etc.

British Virgin Islands

New York Governor Visits BVI Neighbors

In an interview on September 15, 2017 with ABC News, Governor Cuomo describes the destruction on the ground in the virgin islands as “stunning”. The governor reports “I saw homes with roofs that are just gone; homes where you have two of the four walls blown out and people are still living in them. There is no water and no power; it’s gonna be a very very long tough time”. 
Gov. Andrew Cuomo,
New York
British Virgin Islands

New York Governor Visits BVI Neighbors

In an interview on September 15, 2017 with ABC News, Governor Cuomo describes the destruction on the ground in the virgin islands as “stunning”. The governor reports “I saw homes with roofs that are just gone; homes where you have two of the four walls blown out and people are still living in them. There is no water and no power; it’s gonna be a very very long tough time”. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo,
New York