CACCI Appeals for Help for Caribbean nations and other areas in the US Experiencing devastation, deaths and destruction caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma[New York City. September 6, 2017] The board of directors and members of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) extend condolences to the government and people of the Caribbean nations and parts of United States which experienced widespread devastation and deaths caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Tuesday the distinct eye of Hurricane Irma was located about 130 miles (210 km) east of Antigua, moving toward the west near 15 mph (24 km/h). A turn toward the west-northwest began on Tuesday night and was expected to continue for the next couple of days.
On the forecast track, the extremely dangerous core of Irma has already moved over portions of the northern Leeward Islands and over portions of the northern Virgin Islands Wednesday, and was expected to pass near or just north of Puerto Rico late Wednesday and Wednesday night.
Reports from Caribbean News Now have indicated the islands that may be affected are Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saba, St Eustatius, St Maarten, Saint Martin and St Barthelemy. A hurricane watch is also in effect for Guadeloupe, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Guadeloupe and a tropical storm watch is in effect for Dominica.
Interests in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the southeastern Bahamas should monitor the progress of Irma.
According to Roy A. Hastick, Sr., president and CEO of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI): “As we have done in the past we will be collaborating with the New York elected government officials and mobilizing our membership as we make an appeal to CACCI corporate partners, members and others in the small business communities, elected officials and other community leaders to join us in relief efforts so that together we can help to bring badly needed resources to devastated areas in the United States and the Caribbean,” Hastick said.
Hastick also stated that his organization is reaching out to its partners who have worked with us on previous relief efforts such as the US Congressional Delegation, NYS governor, NYS legislators, NYC mayor and NYC Council members, Brooklyn Borough President, NYC City and State Comptrollers and other partners in corporate, medical and academic institutions to lend a hand in the coordination of relief efforts and help to expedite getting emergency assistance to these devastated areas as quickly as possible.
For further information please contact: CACCI: Tel.: (718) 834-4544.