Virgin Islands Hurricane Response and Recovery
On the islands of St. Thomas and St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, Episcopal Relief & Development and the Episcopal Diocese of the Virgin Islands initially provided cash and cash vouchers for food, water and critical supplies for several hundred people in the aftermath of the hurricanes. On Tortola and Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, Episcopal Relief & Development targeted support for drinking water, tarps, plywood and nails.
Convoy of Hope ultimately delivered 350,000 gallons of drinking water; 9,900 gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel; and approximately 2,000 tarps, plywood and nails as well as hygiene and infant care kits to Tortola and Virgin Gorda.
Currently, a representative from Episcopal Relief & Development is on the ground coordinating relief and recovery efforts following Hurricanes Maria and Irma. Since the storms, James Rollins, a resident of St. Croix, has been creating new partnerships as he coordinates ongoing relief and recovery efforts with the Diocese of the Virgin Islands. He works closely with clergy and lay leaders to mobilize churches to address urgent needs such as providing food and water as well as long-term recovery and reconstruction activities.
Disasters Can Teach the Church Lessons About How to Respond in the Future, Episcopal News Service
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Visit Encourages Hurricane Weary Virgin Islanders, Episcopal News Service
Traveling the Jesus Movement: A Witness to Hurricane Recovery, Episcopal News Service