28th September 2017
21st September 2017
ADDRESS POST IRMA/MARIA Delivered By Hon Sharlene Cartwright Robinson, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Read full statement here.
Nets4Kids of Mosquito Nets USA have just confirmed they will be sending 9,868 sq ft of netting. This delivery has been delayed by Maria but will be in Turks and Caicos as soon as flights begin in Turks and Caicos. HIRTAC is handling logistics and will help distribute to current relief efforts on the ground.
20th September 2017
DDME states official Hurricane Warning for Turks and Caicos is in effect. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are affecting or can affect the TCI within 36 hours.
Unconfirmed reports of water purchases being limited to one case per person.
19th September 2017
The Turks and Caicos Government will reopen today September 19th between the hours of 9am to 3pm in order to provide critical services to the general public. Government offices will reopen again from 9am on Wednesday September 20th, 2017, but will close at 12pm in preparation for Hurricane Maria.
Kate Slattery of HIRTAC met with the RIBA's (Royal Institute of British Architects) London & Professional Standards representatives, and London/Providenciales based architect, Greg Blee of Blee Halligan, to discuss what can be done to raise awareness in the region in the wake of Irma and now Maria.
Digicel is encouraging customers to stay in close contact with friends, family and loved ones during Hurricane Maria with free calls to the USA and Canada from Tuesday, September 19 to Sunday, September 24. As Hurricane Maria continues to make its way towards the TCI, Digicel will automatically issue credits and waive additional fees on these calls, in order to give prepaid and postpaid mobile customers peace of mind as we all prepare for more severe weather.
18th September 2017
Roxann Wake Forbes of Edward C. Gartland Youth Centre and a team of HIRTAC supporters, created care packages of NFIs to be be distributed in Blue Hills. HIRTAC received 12 suitcases from a community in New Hampshire that collected urgent items for those in need, just because they love Turks and Caicos. Jet Blue waived the excess baggage and weight limits for these. Received Saturday, packed Sunday, distributed Monday.
Second GeneralMeeting for HIRTAC held in London.
18th September 2017
16th September 2017
Department of Environment & Coastal Resources (DECR), the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board and the Department of Education host a clean-up day to help clear debris and get schools operational for the school year.
15th September 2017
UK Foreign Minister, Lord Ahmad, arrives in the Turks and Caicos.
14th September 2017
Island mobilised, TCI people cleaning up, rebuilding, distributing, transporting together.
Extensive damage, internal progress being made.
Provo Primary School opens, some resorts and shops reopen. Flights and boats continue to ferry supplies back and forth sister islands.
13th September 2017
International news teams and correspondents travel to Turks and Caicos
12th September 2017
Providenciales Airport opens for commercial flights.
UN announces only 3-5 gallons of water available per family in Grand Turk and South Caicos.
Fortis announces power restoration to the following areas: Hospital Road including parts of Kew Town and up to the airport; Leeward Highway, IGA, and including Flamingo Park; Long Bay Road; sections of Grace Bay including Ocean Club, Atrium, Provo Water Company, Club Med and Royal West Indies Resort. Customers in these areas should note that where there are downed power lines or other hazards, service will not be available until necessary repairs are carried out.
11th September 2017
A State of Emergency is declared for South Caicos & Grand Turk.
First post-hurricane press conference headed by Premier Sharlene Cartwright & DDME.
Providenciales Airport opens for relief aircrafts
An RAF C-130J Hercules plane delivers a team of Royal Marines and medics to the Turks & Caicos Islands. A total of just under 100 military personnel currently in TCI.
Supplies arrive into Providenciales on a privately-chartered Cessna from Haiti, marking the spirit of grass roots aid supplied by TCI locals.
First HIRTAC meeting in London. Big thank you to Matthew Springett Associates (MSA Ltd.), London architecture practice, who have been a huge support to HIRTAC. They have allowed their offices to turn into HIRTAC HQ & are reaching out to as many industry professionals as possible to raise awareness and garner outreach initiatives.
9th September 2017
UNICEF announce there are about 10,000 affected children in Turks and Caicos.
Supplies: IGA Supermarket supplies Providenciales with 900 meals a day
Communications: Intermittent opening from Flow & Digicel for topup stations, WIFI hotspots and SIM activations.
TCI Boat Club proactive in getting to sister islands to establish communication & deliver supplies
Water: Water use temporarily switched on for trouble shooting system leaks/bursts
Local businesses: Turks Head Brewery offers free beer and water, local fish farm offers free fish, locals line Leeward Highway with stands offering free hot meals, to name a few.
8th September 2017
No lives lost. Significant damage. Flooding, much of the landscaping destroyed.
Power & water outages nationwide, 500 power lines down.
Damage on houses and buildings ranges from minor (shattered windows, water leaks), to major structural damage (roofs blown off), to structures being completely destroyed.
Considerable damage to transportation infrastructure: airport flooded, ports and docks destroyed.
Shoreline: Grace Bay Beach wakes just as still beautiful, the beach has expanded 50-foot wider. Washed up sea grass and dead fish line part of the coast.
Communication attempted to be established with North Caicos, Middle Caicos, Grand Turk, Salt Cay and South Caicos.
7th September 2017
Hurricane Irma hits at Category 5. Charted as the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean.
5th September 2017
All airports in the TCI are shut down; businesses, schools and public buildings close
1st September 2017
Preparations begin, shelters established.