US Virgin Islands Hurricane Relief
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Program Summary

On September 6, 2017 Hurricane Irma slammed into the US Virgin Islands as a Category 5 storm, with record wind speed of 200 mph. The islands suffered severe wind and flood damage, reducing many areas to rubble. In light of the almost total devastation, All Hands and Hearts sent a Rapid Response Team to the islands. Less than two weeks later, the team was evacuated due to Hurricane Maria, which struck the islands on September 20 as a Category 4 storm.

We have responded to the outcry for help with debris removal, mucking and gutting, mold sanitization, and minor repairs on homes and schools throughout the community. As we continue our response work (mucking, gutting and sanitizing), we have also begun repairs on child care facilities. Volunteers travel to job sites each morning and return each evening to our base for a nightly meeting recapping the day. With ~50 volunteers on base at one time, over 20 nationalities have been represented since September. We have made a long-term commitment to help the US Virgin Islands recover and our work is just beginning.

Stories From The Field 

Volunteers from All Hands and Hearts and local partners worked tirelessly in order to rebuild the Little Blossom Daycare in the United States Virgin Islands after it was destroyed by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. This video shows the importance of our work for communities impacted by natural disasters.

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Program Work

We are still in the Response phase, undertaking mucking-and-gutting, debris removal, chainsawing, and sanitation, however, we have undertaken school rebuild projects.

Educational facilities retrofit

Retrofitting building means to take existing structures and engineering them to be more resilient for future disasters. Some typical elements of a retrofit could include reinforcing concrete, strengthening the masonry, and replacing walls. In St. Thomas, we are performing a full interior retrofit of St Andrew’s Computer Lab. Our work includes installing new walls, ceilings, floors, doors, trim, kitchen cabinets and a vanity. "

Educational facilities retrofit

Retrofitting building means to take existing structures and engineering them to be more resilient for future disasters. Some typical elements of a retrofit could include reinforcing concrete, strengthening the masonry, and replacing walls. In St. Thomas, we are performing a full interior retrofit of St Andrew’s Computer Lab. Our work includes installing new walls, ceilings, floors, doors, trim, kitchen cabinets and a vanity. "

Repairing homes

Repairing homes mean repairing the interior of the home and to provide the homeowners with a finished place to live. The scope of our work involves installing ceiling panels, installing ceramic tiles, interior and exterior painting, and minor interior home and school repairs.

Repairing homes

Repairing homes mean repairing the interior of the home and to provide the homeowners with a finished place to live. The scope of our work involves installing ceiling panels, installing ceramic tiles, interior and exterior painting, and minor interior home and school repairs.

Site Supervisors in training

Skills development

We provide hands-on training to volunteers interested in becoming Construction Site Supervisors. Site Supervisors are responsible for leading groups of skilled and unskilled volunteers in construction projects in disaster-impacted communities.

Site Supervisors in training

Skills development

We provide hands-on training to volunteers interested in becoming Construction Site Supervisors. Site Supervisors are responsible for leading groups of skilled and unskilled volunteers in construction projects in disaster-impacted communities.

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Blessings from paradise

Homeowners Sharon & David Mckee share their first-hand story of how volunteers hauled dumpsters of debris and prepared their hurricane-torn home for rebuilding.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Niki

Niki is a long term volunteer and Navy veteran in based in St. Thomas.

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