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Hurricanes 2017 IRG Response

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International Rescue Group's mission is disaster relief to remote islands and coastal areas. Hurricane Irma was the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic with winds of over 160 mph for over 35 hours, and then Hurricane Maria came on its heels, another category 5 storm that commenced by devastating Dominica, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Thousands of families lost everything. Their homes are destroyed, belongings blown away, no clean water or electricity available, and that is just the beginning.

They need our help! We will assist to build shelters, get drinking water, food and tools to build up their homes and deliver supplies to remote islands with our volunteer reserve fleet vessels.

IRG has already helped with many tons of relief cargo to Dominica on a 350-ton ocean-going tugboat - still running missions - but now our attention has to move to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Let's help together in these difficult circumstances.
Please donate generously. Every family, some with young children, babies and pets will highly appreciate your quick and generous effort, to stop them suffering.

Your donation will support their lives and give hope into their future! Please donate what you can, whether it's $5 or $500. 

The key is your participation.

EMERGENCY CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS. Contact Captain Ray Thackeray via Facebook or the linked website and report to IRG Flagship in Hollywood FL. We have comfortable accommodations aboard our ship. 

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Thank you for your donations! We have spent it all on fuel for the 105-foot ocean going tugboat Flying Buzzard, now loading part of her 350 ton cargo of food, water and other vital aid supplies in Grenada bound for Dominica Tuesday.
Flying Buzzard 105-foot ocean-going tug
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Roosevelt Skerrit, the prime minister of Dominica, has posted on his official Facebook page that his “roof is gone” and he is “at the complete mercy of the hurricane”:

Hurricane Maria has hit Dominica and it looks bad.

The US National Hurricane Center forecast predicts that Maria will head west-north-west from Dominica, with islands in its path – Guadeloupe, Montserrat and St Kitts & Nevis most immediately – bracing for winds of up to 160mph (260kph)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2017/sep/19/hurricane-maria-landfall-dominica-caribbean-category-five-storm-live
Hurricane Marie headed into Dominica
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Hurricane Maria is now a Category 4 storm headed directly for Dominica tonight, and Guadeloupe is also a target, amongst other islands.

IRG responded with two missions with our 97-foot flagship to Dominica after the far milder Tropical Storm Erika which killed 32 and cut off the north of the island, caused landslides and water contamination for months.

This could be far worse. We hope that everyone is safe in a strong concrete building .

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-41314881
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While the Keys and Gulf Coast of Florida are recovering from the devastating Hurricane Irma - and thank you, some of your donations have gone there - shockingly a follow-up Hurricane Maria is about to hit the island of Dominica tonight DEAD CENTER. In 2015, IRG responded with two large missions of aid to Dominica after Tropical Storm Erika which shut down all roads, even the airport and destroyed water supplies for months and left 32 people dead. I dread to think of the damage this new storm will do with its Category 2 110mph winds. Possibly Category 3 by tonight.

CALL FOR BOATS SAILING TO THE CARIBBEAN ANY TIME THIS YEAR. Sign into the IRG Reserve (it's free at http://bit.ly/IRGreserve) and join the fleet sailing aid. We can fill any space you can make available on your boat with targeted supplies. We will send you full instructions to manifest and clear customs and will send each boat two IRG T-shirts and caps identifying you to officials.

By tomorrow, Barbuda, Antigua, St. Martin, the Virgin Islands, Dominica and probably Martinique will need all the help they can get. It's overwhelming. Governments and navies cannot do everything needed, there are dozens of charities already on the ground that need supplies shipping. Most airports are knocked out. Most supplies will go in by boat, and a fleet of IRG Reserve yachts will make a big difference to people's lives.

If you are not sailing, please donate so we can fill these boats! Last year we had 8 intrepid vessels sailing to Haiti, this year we are targeting at least 20 and will probably sign up more.
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$6,597 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 58 people in 12 months
Funds raised will benefit:
International Rescue Group
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