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 Ferlise

I fell in love with the island of Saint Martin the first time I visited to celebrate my 40th birthday in May of 2009. Since then, I've spent most birthdays there, and have visited countless other times 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 that I started to support humanitarian relief efforts following Hurricane Irma. There was no plan, it just evolved as I witnessed the devastation that Irma caused the island and the huge need to communicate and disseminate information about what had happened and how people could help support this island and its people.

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