Afternoon Update: List of St Martin Shelters, Cruise Ship Evacuating U.S. Citizens, Dutch Step Up, More

There are still a lot of moving pieces happening and I realize a lot of you are still seeking assistance. Rest assured, there are a lot of people working to get the island the help they need. And, while I realize that it’s not easy to be patient in this situation, panic is not going to help anything. Stay calm, stay informed, keep working to get answers.

Here is the latest list of shelters on St. Martin that people can go to:

It was reported last night by PM Marlin that the Royal Caribbean would be sending a cruise ship today to evacuate 300 people. The U.S. State Department confirmed the arrival of the ship earlier today and requested people to go to the port in Philipsburg, if they could get there, to board the ship for departure.

As of Sunday morning, the United States has successfully evacuated more than 1,200 U.S. Citizens from the island. Most of those people have been taken to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Dutch government continues to step up and pour support into the island. They’ve done a great job working to stabilize things on the island, get supplies to people, and getting people to safety.

There are a lot of excellent organizations working to help SXM. I’ve worked to identify a few places you can donate to help rebuild St. Maarten/St. Martin after the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.

GEBE just announced that they have restored power to many buildings and locations around the island. They have crews working around the clock to get power to everyone on the Dutch side of the island.

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Jon Strong

I fell in love with the island of Saint Martin the first time I visited, more than 10 years ago! Since then, I've spent a lot of time here getting to know this wonderful place and the friendly locals that make it so special. I adore the culture, the people, the community, and the beauty of this stunning island. SXM Strong is a website where I share my thoughts and love about Saint-Martin (French side) and Sint Maarten (Dutch side) with the world. I hope you enjoy it!

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