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Chamber coordinating hurricane relief for ravaged islands



BVI-CommunityBasseterre, St. Kitts, 11th September, 2017 ( - The St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce (CIC) is coordinating relief efforts to neighbouring islands impacted by Hurricane Irma.


St. Kitts was identified as the operational hub because of its centralised proximity to the affected islands.


CIC management is requesting Private Sector companies to contribute to the relief effort.


According to information from the CIC Executive Director Brenda John, the aim is to assist those islands and persons who are most in need first.


The relief supplies have been divided into categories including food, water, medical supplies, household items, building material, etc.


CIC has established a number of procedures for contributions being made to the effort. These include:


1. Supplies must be properly labelled.  Food must be separated from other items. 


2. If you are sending packages to an affiliate company, all boxes must be individually labelled with full contact details as well as general content description ( food, household items etc).


3. If you are contributing building materials and/or water, it is preferred that you indicate to the cashier that the items are for Hurricane Irma Relief, pay for the items and leave them at the point of purchase. You should then forward a copy of the delivery notice to the CIC Office.  The delivery notice may be hand delivered or scanned (or photographed on your phone) and emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or sent via WhatsApp to 869-662-5160.


4. If you are sending a care package to an individual or relative in the affected area, kindly contact our office for relevant details.


A program for Construction Crew Volunteers is also being established, where local tradesmen sign-up and are assigned to various islands to assist in reconstruction efforts.


Tradesmen wishing to participate in repair efforts should visit the CIC office, and complete the required registration form.


Two types of government issued identification (of which one must be a passport) are necessary when completing the registration form.

The Chamber is also facilitating NGOs that wish to send supplies to the affected islands. Interested NGOs should make contact with the Chamber for details on this service.

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