Released 14 September 2017
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The Salvation Army, TCI partners with IGA
(Kingston, Jamaica) – The Salvation Army Caribbean Territory continues efforts to help persons affected by the devastation of Hurricane Irma.
The Salvation Army in Turks and Caicos, with the assistance of all of the employees from the Advisory Board Chairman's company and volunteers from IGA are serving 900 meals per day. The IGA group is providing the food and preparing the meals in their facilities.
The divisional headquarters supervizing TCI, located in the Bahamas is working on acquiring cots, bedding kits, tarpaulins and flash lights to assist in the recovery efforts.
Captain Derick Miller, the officers in charge of the work in TCI are doing extraordinary work, however there is much more to be done. Headquarters is insuring that the infrastructure in TCI is sufficient to provide accommodations before sending persons there to assist.
Regarding the Bahamas:
IRMA impacted several of the Family Islands of the Bahamas, the most severely hit were Ragged Islands (75), Bimini (2,000), Inagua (900), Mayaguna (250) and Acklins(400) ... the numbers in brackets are the approximate population of each island. Most of the people were evacuated to Nassau before the hurricane. The newspaper today reports that the damage in Ragged Island is such that it is currently uninhabitable, there were 18 persons who remained on the Island during the hurricane and government is encouraging them to leave. NEMA is currently doing an assessment of the other islands, after which The Salvation Army headquarters will coordinate with NEMA as to how to best assist. NEMA indicated that cleanup kits and personal hygiene kits were needed.
In addition to the above, Freeport experienced five tornadoes on Sunday evening. There were about 100 persons impacted as a result of damage by the tornadoes. The Freeport corps is already responding to this event.
To support The Salvation Army's relief efforts in the Caribbean, please direct your contributions to The Salvation Army, 3 Waterloo Road, PO Box 378, Kingston 10, Jamaica, WI - Attention: Emergency Disaster Services or direct the funds to the following…
Name Of Account: The Salvation Army Donation Account (Savings)
Account Number: 936476
Bank Name: The Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Ltd
Bank Address: The Corner of Duke & Port Royal Street Kingston CSO