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Residents fearful about upcoming hurricane season

- as many homes not yet fixed
February 15th, 2018 | Tags: Hurricane Season no prepared fearful rebuilding safety
Damaged roofs from hurricane Irma in September 2017. Photo: VINO
Residents fearful about the upcoming hurricane season because some apartment buildings have not been repaired as yet. Photo: VINO
Residents fearful about the upcoming hurricane season because some apartment buildings have not been repaired as yet. Photo: VINO
A building damaged by the hurricanes of September 2017. Photo: VINO
A building damaged by the hurricanes of September 2017. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Residents of the territory are expressing they are fearful that their homes might not be ready for the upcoming hurricane season which is said to likely be very active.

The hurricanes of September 2017 destroyed the roofs of many homes and businesses throughout that territory causing some persons to find alternative accommodation until their roofs have been fixed.

Residents fearful

Speaking to our newsroom, one resident stated that she has been living with her friend since Hurricane Irma because her apartment roof was totally destroyed.

“I have been living with my friend since the hurricane and up to now my landlord has not fixed the roof and honestly I might just go back home, adding that she is from Jamaica and does not wish to impose on her friend anymore,” said the expatriate resident.

She continued, “At times I think to myself, why should I be homeless in someone else’s country and I have my own house in Jamaica. I’m only here on Tortola because I am trying to send my two children to school.”

Waiting on insurance money

Wilson C. O’Neal told our newsroom that after the storm he was living in one of the shelters on Tortola but is now staying with a family member because his house sustained damages to the roof, windows and doors.

“Honestly I am afraid for the next hurricane season that will start in about five months and I have not started any work because I am waiting on my insurance money. Also when you look around the territory, other persons have not yet fixed their houses and even their businesses,” expressed Mr O’Neal.

“If a next hurricane comes, it going to go with what left because Irma done loosen everything already and some buildings are the same since hurricane passed,” said another resident.

Speaking with Kim-Marie C. Johnson, a native of St. Kitts, she said she will be going back home when the hurricane season starts because she cannot handle another hurricane Irma.

“I cannot handle another Hurricane Irma. It was a very frightening experience and I would not want to relive it again,” she said.

In response to our reporter’s comment that a hurricane such as Irma can also impact St Kitts, she said, “I would just have to hope it doesn’t come my way or, better yet, it doesn’t come as hard as hurricane Irma did.”

Meanwhile, in a goverment press release on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, it stated that the Government of the Virgin Islands has initiated a plan to prepare for what may be another active season, according to the preliminary predictions released in December 2017.

19 Responses to “Residents fearful about upcoming hurricane season”

  • zoe (15/02/2018, 17:58) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    Take it to the Lord in prayer
  • Future politician (15/02/2018, 18:24) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    I want to reach out to you the people, I urged that you do what you can to sustain yourself, prepare yourself for the up coming hurricane season. Don't allow yourself to become dependent upon the government for sustainability, now they want to have you begging them for assistance. My people we are a resilient people insurance owes you compensation on your claim, if they wouldn't pay, take them to court, if you have money, fix your place and take your receipts to the insurance or the banks, refinance your property if you can, don't put yourself destitute to beg the government, let government concentrate on building roads, schools, community centres, medical and sporting facilities. VI people we were never dependent on anyone else to help us and we must strive to keep it that way. We shall rise together again. Thanks much you will hear from me again.
  • bless (15/02/2018, 18:44) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let us pray for everyone with out a home
  • Flatbush USA (15/02/2018, 19:18) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    From my understanding, this historic storm has left our territory in a devastated state. We will eventually rebuild our infrastructure but long after that, the psychological effects will still haunt our people. I heard of one grown man, who suddenly burst into none stop tears months after the hurricane. This was traced to what he experienced during the storm. I am glad that the Government is taking pre-empted measures to prepare the territory for the upcoming hurricane season. That is commendable but one has to ensure that in so doing it does not create "mass hysteria" amongst our people by giving unfounded frightening predictions of pending doom. While they should be informed of the active hurricane season that will soon be on them, there should also be a message of assurance that we have the reserves to deal with the eventuality of another major hitting the territory. This is the hard part after what we saw in Sept. 2017. I would like to hear of more open sessions where people are allowed to express themselves with professional counselors/psychologist and other likewise people avaailable, to help where necessary. The well being of our people is more important than material gains.
  • Jah Alone (15/02/2018, 19:44) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    Jah Alone understands. I lost my Job my home. Yet I fret not. I look to the hills. ..
  • See (15/02/2018, 20:34) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    It is plainly obvious that the powers that be want people to leave. This includes the ex pat volunteers . Do you think the territory will be ready for another hurricane on its own ?
  • biker (15/02/2018, 20:43) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Annual hurricanes are a part of life when living near the western north Atlantic ocean. Thank the Lord that our hurricane season is only 6 months: June to November. People living near the western North Pacific ocean have a 12 month typhoon season so the storms never stop although the storm frequency decreases in the winter and spring.
  • Look To Jehovah God (15/02/2018, 21:19) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    Still as the community gets back to some normalcy, people are forgetting what it was really like. They have gone back to their selfish, sinful ways. Let us seek God and keep on seeking Him daily. Let us seek His face and turn from our wicked ways for He has promised to hear us from heaven. God never fails.
    • Lord o (16/02/2018, 05:53) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      We missing something. We are still blessed. Imaging it been at night in the datk the amout of deaths OMG. Thank you Lord..
  • nah man (15/02/2018, 21:56) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    The SDA CHURCH is not an apartment building
  • ABC (16/02/2018, 01:44) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    Hope the next hurricane blows away this government they are too useless
  • Diplomat (16/02/2018, 01:58) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    With the personal experience with Irma and Maria and the slow recovery pace, residents have good reason to be nervous. With the lack or repair to many ptopdrties, another major hurricane will cause almost unimaginable damage and devastation to the territory. The pain and suffering will be magnified. Nonetheless, residents should prepare for the upcoming season the best they can. Start planning now.
  • NezRez (16/02/2018, 09:08) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    What I have learned from these hurricanes is I will not be on any lines waiting to get food. I have propane burners I can cook on. I will stock up on canned vegetables, hot cereal you have to cook, canned milk, gallons of water, very little salty can meats that we ate too much of and caused people’s blood pressure to go sky high, box juices instead of cold ones, rice, flour, boxed mashed potatoes etc. Each month now I have been stocking my pantry as we all should. Let’s not be caught off guard people. Even if it isn’t a category 5, we always get hurricanes.
  • Help (16/02/2018, 09:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I see in the USVI that the Deputy has ordered a review of files re. the underinsured. Will a ndp minister please copy this move. Also, they have a program collecting hazardous waste from residents. Well my home aint restored but I am cleaning up. Where to drop off any hazardous items? Thank you
  • But (16/02/2018, 09:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    not fearful enough to get up and fix things. All the volunteer projects seem to be devoid of belongers.
    there is little to no rebuilding activity compared to what one would expect - probably because the people willing to work can't get a permit
    we don't have skilled trades here in numbers. We need that to do the work but also teach the trades here and hey - get the youth involved in having a skill and a purpose.
    patching up what were badly built buildings is also unlikely to be a good solution
  • believer (16/02/2018, 14:24) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    We need to start praying from now. Churches can organize and have one prayer service attended by members of the different churches.
    It can be zoned. For example, Tortola can meet in Tortola. Virgin Gorda can meet in Virgin Gorda, Anegada in Anegada and Jost Van Dyke in Jost Van Dyke.
    The main topic would be based on praying for God to have mercy on us and not allow any hurricane to come our way. Ask Him to cast away our fear and make us strong.
    Ask Him also to protect all islands that are in the path or exposed to storms in the atlantic.
    Let us just humble before God and cry to Him. He will come through for us.
  • believer (16/02/2018, 16:46) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    When the churches gather in zones to pray they should all pray for safety of the entire BVI. That's the idea.
  • Fran (18/02/2018, 13:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @NezRez, I agree. People need to prepare now for upcoming hurricane or floods that will make groceries scarce. I will follow your lead and each shopping trip I will buy extras.

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