Red Cross societies across the Caribbean are preparing for the imminent arrival of Hurricane Irma, the second category-5 storm to hit the region in recent weeks. Volunteers have been mobilized across the region to take preparedness messages into communities, and relief supplies are on standby in Panama and the Dominican Republic.

Walter Cotte, IFRC Regional Director for the Americas, said the current forecast is causing concern, and that societies were anticipating significant needs on a number of islands. “We are preparing to respond to needs as they arise,” he said. “We are especially worried that Irma could affect areas already suffering with the effects of severe rainfall in past months.”

In readiness, the IFRC has released 120,000 Swiss francs from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to ensure volunteers and staff in Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts and Nevis are prepared to respond. Further allocations may be made when the impact of the storm is known.

“One of the main challenges is going to be logistical, given the isolation of some the islands. We need to ensure a reliable channel for relief efforts in the aftermath of the hurricane,” Cotte said.

LIVE: our Director for Disaster and Crisis Management, Pascale Meige, gives us an update on Hurricane Irma, which is battering the Caribbean as we speak.Send us your questions as comments to this post.

Geplaatst door International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies op woensdag 6 september 2017

Pascale Meige, IFRC Director for Disaster and Crisis Management, gave an update on preparations for Hurricane Irma on Facebook Live.

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