Chilmark charity helping British Virgin Islands to prep for emergencies

Chilmark charity helping British Virgin Islands to prep for emergencies

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 1:52pm 12th March 2020.

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Volunteers from Serve On are going out to the Caribbean islands for the third time in as many years.

The charity first went to the area following Hurricane Irma in September 2017. 

Winds of up to 185 mph caused huge devastation and wiped out communications networks.

Serve On British Virgin Islands
Serve On volunteers have been working in the British Virgin Islands on a number of occasions

Since then, Serve On has pledged its support to restore those links and set up a crowdfunding campaign to put in an emergency radio system for the islands.

That equipment has now been shipped to the British Virgin Islands, ready to be installed.

Four people from the Chilmark charity are setting off for the Caribbean today (Thursday 12th March), with another three following on next week (Tuesday 17th March).

A team for the charity also visited BVI last summer to start the work - and will be completing the project in the coming weeks. 

Serve On British Virgin Islands
The work Serve On is doing will mean the British Virgin Islands will have communications set up in case of another disaster

They'll be setting up and testing the equipment, before handing it over to a local team.

Serve On will also provide training for the people who'll be using the radio kit in the event of any other major incidents.

Operations Manager Craig Elsdon said: 

"This project has had to overcome several issues, some of which still exist, but with a lot of hard work, and the generosity of donors, we will soon enable a very resilient community to look after itself if the worst happens again in the future."

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