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.
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
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 Hurricane Irma report, keep reading below.
For a list of businesses that are open & travel information, click here.
For news on St. Maarten and Princess Juliana Airport, click here.
For more ways to help Anguilla, click here.
For most recent update, click here.
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 staffer Louise sent in this video before the storm arrived on Sept. 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...
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.
Below are updates as Anguilla rebuilds in Irma's wake. This page will continue to be kept up to date.
Update - Feb. 19 @9:15am EST
Zemi Beach House is OPEN
Today is the day! Zemi Beach House has officially reopened five months and nine days after one of the most powerful storms ever recorded hit the Caribbean. ••••••••••••••••••••• The Goldstein family is endlessly grateful to Zemi’s dedicated employees who have toiled many, many hours to be able to welcome you once again to our slice of paradise on the best island in the world. We would not be open without them! My wife, Rachael, and I would also like to personally acknowledge my parents, Jeff and Susan Goldstein, who have been working around the clock to reopen our beloved Zemi. We know how many sleepless nights there were, and Rachael and I are incredibly thankful for them and their leadership. On behalf of our entire family, we look forward to welcoming you back to Zemi Beach House. -- Josh Goldstein. ••••••••••••••••••••• Read more on Zemi's blog by clicking the link in our bio. #ZemiBeachHouse #AnguillaStronger #Caribbean #IRememberMyAnguilla #ThatTimeAtZemi #LuxuryHotel #ReopeningDay
Sharky's - a NEW must-try in West End by Lowell Hodge, previously of Blanchards!
Aqua Fitness at The Reef is BACK Feb. 20
Update - Feb. 12 @12pm EST
Stay tuned for more info - Palm Grove is coming soon!
Excellent news from The Place! Live music this Saturday with the Musical Brothers from 1-4pm.
NEW from Tropical Treats!
Update - Feb. 5 @10:30am EST
Fat Cat's got the goods!
Breezes looking as beautiful as ever...
NEW super juices at Veya
Good vibes at Gwen's
Update - Jan. 29 @11am EST
Spice of India has relocated to Sandy Ground and re-opened as Charles Multi Cuisine
Progress at The Place
Sunshine Shack is looking brighter and better than ever!
A look at Meads Bay - Twin Palms Villas is just a two minute walk away
Update - Jan. 22 @10:30am EST
Anguilla's Jammin's Thursday Morning Tastings are BACK!
Beautiful update from Straw Hat - now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Update - Jan. 19 @11am EST
Progress at Blanchards Beach Shack
SeaSpray Boutique is OPEN! Smoothies & rum punches coming soon!
NEW @ Roy's on Tuesdays - TUESDAY NIGHT TRIVIA
Straw Hat is BACK!
Update - Jan. 16 @11:45am EST
Happy Sunday vibes at Garvey's Sunshine Shack with BANKIE BANX this past weekend
More Sunday fun @ Roy's with Keneeja & Kenny!
A taste of Veya's NEW lunch menu...
Update - Jan. 11 @12pm EST
NEW Sunday specials at Nails R Hair
Garvey's live music & open/closed schedule. Dinner available on request.
Beautiful Anguilla Sands products by Josveek.
Progress at Palm Grove
Straw Hat is getting closer!
Keep scrolling for more Anguilla news.
Update - Jan. 9 @10:30am EST
Garvey is BACK with sax & reggae on Sundays. Closed Tuesdays.
Fun never stops at Dad's! Live music schedule = Wed 7:30 pm Karaoke with Darvin. Fri 10 pm Mussington Brothers Band. Sun 7pm DJ Sugar.
Calypso's NEW AXAStrong special
Sunday breakfast is BACK at Tasty's
NEW at Roy's - Mount Gay Weekends
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