22 years after devastating Hurricane Luis hit Anguilla on Sept. 5 1995, Hurricane Irma hit Barbuda and later St. Barth, St. Martin and Anguilla as a Category 5 with 185 mph winds on Sept. 6 2017. Hurricane Irma is on record as one of the most powerful and catastrophic storms in history.
Anguilla Beaches' incredible team member Louise sent in this video before the storm arrived on Sept. 5 2017...
Current Situation in #Anguilla: #HurricaneIrma expected late tonight. No words just 🙏💗 for our island home & surrounding #Caribbean islands. pic.twitter.com/9uIieGYpu8— Anguilla-Beaches.com (@anguillabeaches) September 5, 2017
And family friend Mike sent in this harrowing footage as Hurricane Irma's catastrophic winds set in around 8am on Sept. 6 2017...
UPDATE: #HurricaneIrma is a direct hit. Eye of the storm approaching. Here's video from this morning in #Anguilla. pic.twitter.com/B180ztCFH7— Anguilla-Beaches.com (@anguillabeaches) September 6, 2017
Anguilla was not given a moment of calm. The eye did not pass over the island. Instead, Irma's powerful eye wall battered our island.
8AM (AST) UPDATE: Eye of #Irma directly on #StMartin, northern eyewall pounding #Anguilla, coms going down. It's at its worst #HurricaneIrma pic.twitter.com/nda2OJdjjb— Anguilla-Beaches.com (@anguillabeaches) September 6, 2017
Below are updates as Anguilla rebuilds in Irma's wake. This page will continue to be kept up to date.
One look at Anguilla today, and she takes your breath away...
With week upon week of tireless, hard work and enduring perseverance, Anguilla is as beautiful as ever. Everywhere you look, the island impresses over and over...
Sparkling-clear blue, most all restaurants and hotels re-opened, too, the island looks fantastic.
Stepping foot on Anguilla today, the progress is evident. It is a testament to the positive, resilient nature of Anguilla and the love that surrounds her. A deep gratitude of thanks goes out to all who jumped into action to help, and to those who donated to the Anguilla Red Cross via our fund, all in the name to bring back the island that is so near and dear to our hearts.
The island we all love so much IS back, stronger than ever.
Here is to the power of Anguilla!
Update: ANGLEC has received support from the UK and electricity is being restored more rapidly.
It is our wish to restore electricity island-wide by the peak of the tourist season (December 15, 2017). This is essential to minimize the long-term economic impact of Hurricane Irma. Electricity service impacts every aspect of our economy and is vital to secure and maintain employment for the island.
Damage assessment shows that our needs are too great to accomplish full grid restoration in short order - on our own.
ANGLEC is calling for HELP. We need linesmen and journeymen, in addition to equipment (digger derrick trucks, bucket trucks, heavy duty pick up trucks).
Persons will be needed for at least 1 month. Lodging will be organized by ANGLEC and the ATB. Food will be covered by ANGLEC.
If you are able to help, please consider contacting ANGLEC. Getting all of Anguilla re-connected is critical.
For further details, including travel + pay, the scope of work and the initial damage assessment, please contact ANGLEC: Erimel Franklin at 1-264-476-7905.
Tender Loving Care, the labor of love of Founder and Principal Nurse Brenda Hodge, is a vibrant home located in North Valley, Anguilla, offering care for the elderly. It has been serving an important need in the community for the last thirteen years.
Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on the residence. The thirteen elderly citizens who called this residence home, were forced to temporarily move into the smaller premises of Nurse Brenda’s childhood home in George Hill.
Sunset Homes is mobilizing resources to make a pivotal impact on leading the reconstruction of this home so that its residents can return to their own space within safe and comfortable environs.
Click here for information on how you can help.
Update: If you are on-island and would like to help with this wonderful effort, please contact: email@example.com – or call 1-264-235-3666. Latest update from Tender Loving Care here.
General Relief Items: The BEST way to send the items needed most with zero duties is via Help Anguilla's Amazon Wish List. The shipping address will auto fill and much needed items are being added constantly, so check back often.
Alternatively, and if you already have relief items, this is the recommended address to use as the receiving and shipping channel is secure. (This shipping channel is for PUBLIC goods only.)
c/o Thomas Kelly
attn: APLO Relief Initiative
110 Wall St
New York, NY 10005
School Supplies: For the Albena Lake Hodge Comprehensive School are being collected by Vanessa Croft. Please see her two Amazon Wish Lists here and here. Mailing address is...
Vanessa Croft Thompson
C/O Anderson Gumbs
1808 Miami Road
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
To send items to specific friends/family, Tropical Shipping has been recommended by many friends of Anguilla in the US.
Tropical has several ports to ship from, including one in New Jersey and one in Florida (one in Florida leaves on Thursdays). They guarantee that you can ship through them to an individual on Anguilla, even to a PO box without a street.
For an idea of shipping costs for a generator, for example, one good friend in The States reports $112.00 to ship aboard Tropical.
Shipments MUST be booked in advance and MUST include the person's name, address and telephone. Visit Tropical's site here for contact info/details (recommend calling).
Top up friends' phones in Anguilla: click here for instructions
Animals of Anguilla: To help the animals of Anguilla, please donate to AARF. Operated by a dedicated group of volunteers, AARF is Anguilla's only animal shelter. They take in and rehabilitate abandoned cats and dogs and have housed many pets during and post Irma. They are currently in large need of a generator and pet food. No donation is too small. To help, please visit AARF.ai to make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal, or send a check to...
c/o Debbie Tabor
9715 Dahlia Avenue
Plan Beach Gardens, FL 33410
AXA Cares Food Bank: Christmas For The Children of Anguilla
Update: Deadline to ship has passed.
With the support of several volunteers of the AXA Cares Food Bank (who annually collects presents for the children of Anguilla), Rebecca Taillon (president of AARF) is asking for donations of Christmas presents for the children of Anguilla. Please consider participating, as I’m sure the number of families reaching out to the food bank for support will increase this year due to the current unemployment situation cause by Irma.
Jim and Rebecca are temporarily in Florida, recovering from injuries Jim sustained in Irma. Rebecca will be receiving the donated goods in Florida, then will consolidate shipments to Anguilla. Folks on island are working on getting permission to accept all donations duty-free.
To aid in the consolidation process, please use USPS LARGE “Priority Mail Flat Rate” boxes (the current postage rate is around $19).
On the outside of the box, please denote:
1. Male or Female
2. Age group (infant, 3-5, 6-10, 11-15)
What you decide to shop for and put in the boxes is up to you - please limit the value of the contents to no more than US$25 per box. Please don’t wrap your contents - we'll wrap the USPS box once it gets to Anguilla.
A few helpful tips, please:
* No candy, due to melting/going rancid prior to the holiday
* If you gift something that requires batteries, please include at least 2 extra sets of the batteries
* No electronics, due to Anglec’s current limitations
* No clothing or shoes, since we don’t know specific sizes of the needy children
A little (less than $25 spent per box in the photo below) can go a long way...
SHIPPING DEADLINE: 1 November
For more details, contact Rebecca here.
NOTE: If you are an individual who has a business and/or lives in Anguilla and who has a fundraising platform, please comment below and I will add your link to this webpage.
Update: This event took place Oct. 15. A smashing success, the fundraiser pulled in over $70,000 for the Anguilla Foundation. A huge thank you goes out to Chef Marc and all who attended to support and show their love for Anguilla. Click here for photos of the fundraiser.
Join Chef Marc Forgione on Sunday, October 15th for a Caribbean BBQ to help rebuild Anguilla
Chef Marc Forgione will be serving up his favorite food and drinks from Anguilla including, chicken, ribs, grilled lobster, Johnny Cakes and RUM PUNCH.
100% of proceeds will be going to The Anguilla Foundation, providing emergency relief to those Anguillians impacted by Hurricane Irma who are unable to access food and water, rebuild their damaged or destroyed homes, or replace the most essential belongings.
Musical Guest from Anguilla: Ishmael Levi of British Dependency
Live and Silent Auction featuring unique dinner experiences, villa rentals, and more!
Update: This event already took place.
Since Hurricane Irma devastated Anguilla on Sept. 6, the outpouring of support has been deeply moving. The community on-island and abroad have sprung into action, repairing, setting up funds and flying in relief supplies. The spirit that defines our island has shone bright in the face of dire circumstances.
I am blown away by the generosity and love for the island that is so near and dear to all of our hearts. Our Help Anguilla Rebuild Now fund for The Anguilla Red Cross has raised $75,000.00 USD. Thank you for all of your kindness and support in helping to rebuild Anguilla.
Dec. 24 Update on The Anguilla Red Cross
The Anguilla Red Cross has been working around the clock providing aid to those most affected by Hurricane Irma. In the weeks immediately following Irma, the Red Cross addressed immediate needs, distributing emergency supplies. The focus now has been the development of the "unlimited cash program" for Anguilla's most vulnerable.
Using a multi-step verification system (initial registration, community-based verification and work in the community to identify more at risk), the program has made great strides. Together with cash specialists from the British Red Cross, 300 people (350 by the end of 2017) have been provided with 2500 EC for families' unlimited use. Funds are from the Department for International Development.
In addition to the Anguilla Red Cross' work, the Government of Anguilla and other community-based groups have created programs to target more specific needs (ex., supplying cash specifically for the purpose of rebuilding homes).
Through discussions with Mr. Vanroy Hodge and Anguilla's Health Authority, it has been identified that one critical area has gone overlooked. The need for medical aid. Diabetes and hypertension are just two critical medical issues many of Anguilla's vulnerable are facing, an issue further complicated by wide unemployment. The funds we raised are going towards the Anguilla Red Cross program to assist Anguilla's most vulnerable with medical aid.
A huge thank you to Kendall R. Coleman, Jr. (CPA, CGMA, CCA). A Partner of CST Group with professional auditing experience, in the New Year, Mr. Coleman will provide the audit, detailing all funds in and all funds out and how they are being used. Please stay tuned for updates via the newsletter.
Thank you so much for all of your support of those who are deeply in need.
From Mr. Vanroy Hodge, Director of the Anguilla Red Cross to everyone who donated via the Anguilla Beaches fund, Help Anguilla Rebuild Now...
For the PDF of Mr. Vanroy Hodge's letter, please click here.
Update - Apr. 29 @2pm EST
Daily flights to St. Barths from Anguilla with Anguilla Air Services!
Meads Bay is looking FANTASTIC, with more sand than ever before.
A look at Shoal Bay East - the sand at the upper part of the beach is BACK!
Update - Apr. 16 @2pm EST
Sandy Island is BACK and looking more delicious than ever!
A fresh look at fabulous Four Seasons
Update - Apr. 2 @9:30am EST
Happy updates from Simone of Sandy Island - rebuilding has begun!
Palm Grove is testing out their grills! Officially re-opening soon. Stay tuned!
Roy's is open TODAY (normally closed Mondays) for the Easter Monday boat race
A look at Prickly Pear courtesy of Calypso Charters
Update - Mar. 28 @11am EST
Progress at The Dune!
Sandy Ground view with lots of boats in the harbor from Elvis' & Roy's
Update - Mar. 22 @1:30pm EST
Four Seasons re-opens TOMORROW, Mar. 23 - and with exquisite pastry chef, Chef Eddy Dhenin
Coming soon: The best seafood fest around!
Happening May 28th @ The Reef
Limin' Boutique re-opening next week!
The Aqua Park's opening has been postponed. Full update below.
Super news from and a huge thanks TO - Shoal Bay Scuba...
Anguilla's own Amalia Watty on AMERICAN IDOL earlier this week! So many congrats to Amalia!
Update - Mar. 12 @9:15am EST
HUGE congrats to Roy's on their TripExpert WIN. Outstanding food and consistently excellent service, so well deserved!
A look at The Place...
CuisinArt now accepting reservations for next season.
Coming UP: The Reef re-opens April 1st! Take advantage of their re-opening specials via the info in the post below.
Elvis' all cleaned up & getting rave reviews on TripAdvisor for their outstanding fish tacos.
A must read on what to expect this tourism season in Anguilla by Neil Freeman of Tranquility Beach, Beaches Edge and Villa Alegria: Click here for the article.
Public ferry service has resumed between Marigot and Anguilla Monday-Sunday. Fare is $20/person. See schedule below.
Departure times may be altered during the Autumn/ Winter season. Updates would be provided in advance.
Boats are daily.
List of Live Music & Calendar of Events
Events below subject to change
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