Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Hurricane Irma Resources

Sep 8, 2017

Hurricanes Irma and Jose

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, and parts of the Eastern Caribbean due to Hurricane Irma. Hurricane Jose is expected to affect the same areas.

The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas is a top priority of the Department of State. These storms are expected to bring significant rainfall and wind that may result in life-threatening flooding, mudslides, and storm surges. Disruptions to travel and services are likely throughout the projected path of the hurricanes. U.S. citizens should follow the emergency instructions provided by local authorities. 

We urge U.S. citizens in the impacted area who are safe to contact their loved ones directly and/or update their social media status.

If you are in the affected area and need immediate emergency services, please contact local authorities. 

Local numbers for police and emergency services:

  • The Bahamas: 919 or 911
  • St. Maarten (Dutch side): 911
  • St. Martin and St. Barthélemy: The French Ministry of Interior has set up a public line emergency line: Tel: 01 82 71 03 37.
  • St. Eustatius: 911 (police) and 910 or 912 (medical)
  • Saba: 911 (police) and 912 (medical)
  • Cuba: 106
  • Haiti: +509-3838-11 or +509-3733-3640
  • The Dominican Republic: 911

For U.S. Citizens in Dutch St. Maarten: The Department of State is exploring every possible option to assist U.S. citizens in Dutch St. Maarten. At this time, the airport and seaports are closed. Communication infrastructure has been heavily damaged. There is no U.S. consular presence on the island. U.S. citizens should follow the instructions provided by local authorities and call 911 locally if they require immediate assistance. Shelters are available at the following locations:

  • New Testament Baptist Church in Philipsburg;
  • Sister Marie-Laurence Primary School in Middle Region;
  • Belvedere Community Center in Belvedere;
  • Dutch Quarter Community Center in Dutch Quarter;
  • Rupert I Maynard Youth Community Center St. Peters;
  • NIPA National Institute for Professional Advancement Cay Hill;
  • Christian Fellowship Church Across from Pineapple Pete’s Cole Bay.

For U.S. Citizens in French St. Martin: There is no U.S. consular presence on the island. U.S. citizens should follow the instructions provided by local authorities. The French Ministry of Interior has set up a public line emergency line (Tel: 01 82 71 03 37) and provided a list of shelters in St. Martin and in St. Barthelemy.

You can inform the Department of State about U.S. citizens affected by the hurricane who require emergency assistance through the following ways:

  • Visit Task Force Alert and select “2017 Hurricane Irma”
    • If you are entering information about a U.S. citizen in Dutch St. Maarten, Anguilla, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, or St. Eustatius use “Netherlands” as the Last Known Country
    • If you are entering information about a U.S. citizen in French St. Martin, Montserrat, St. Barthélemy, or St. Kitts and Nevis, use “Barbados” as the Last Known Country.
    • If you are entering information about a U.S. citizen in Turks and Caicos, use “The Bahamas” as the Last Known Country.
    • If you have difficulty using Task Force Alert, please email IrmaEmergencyUSC@state.gov and provide as much information as possible about your loved one
  • Email IrmaEmergencyUSC@state.gov and provide as much information as possible (at a minimum, please provide their full name, gender, and last known location within country, if known)
  • Call us at 1-888-407-4747 (from the U.S. & Canada), +1-202-501-4444 (from Overseas)

If you are concerned about non-U.S. citizens in Saba, St Eustatius, and St Maarten, please see the Netherlands Red Cross Safe and Well website.

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Warren, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan is providing the following resources to constituents impacted by Hurricane Irma in Florida and the Caribbean. All resources have been made available on Ryan’s official website: (https://timryan.house.gov/hurricane-irma-resources). Constituents in need of further assistance are invited to call on of Ryan’s District Offices: 1-800-856-4152, 330-373-0074 (Warren), 330-630-7311 (Akron), 330-740-0193 (Youngstown). 

* Florida is within the expected path of Hurricane Irma. Contact 1-800-342-3557 for the State of Florida's 24-hour hurricane hotline.*

www.floridadisaster.org 
A comprehensive guide to hurricane preparedness, including how to strengthen your home, create a family plan, and even protect your important financial records. 

www.ready.gov
A federal website with useful check-lists that will help you create a communications plan and assemble an emergency kit in advance of a hurricane. 

Emergency Numbers You Should Know

  • State of Florida Emergency Information 24-hour hotline (FEIL): 1-800-342-3557
  • State Volunteer and Donations Hotline: 1-800-FL-HELP1 (1-800-354-3571)
  • American Red Cross: 1-800-HELP-NOW (1-800-435-7669)
  • Florida Power and Light: 1-800-4-OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243)
  • Florida Department of Elder Affairs: 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337)

 

 Hurricane Preparedness Information

 

Federal and State Resources

Shelters

  • Collier County shelters can be found here
  • Hillsborough County shelters can be found here
  • Pinellas County shelters can be found  here.
  • Pasco County shelters can be found here.
  • Hernando County shelters can be found here
  • Citrus County shelters can be found  here
  • Manatee County shelters can be found here
  • Sarasota County shelters can be found here
  • Hardee County shelters can be found here
  • Polk County shelters can be found here
  • Charlotte County shelters can be found here.
  • Desoto County shelters can be found here.
  • Glades County shelters can be found here
  • Hendry County shelters can be found here
  • Lee County shelters can be found here
  • Seminole County shelters can be found here
  • Volusia County shelters can be found here
  • Sumter County shelters can be found here
  • Palm Beach County shelters can be found here
  • Martin County shelters can be found here
  • St. Lucie County shelters can be found here
  • Indian River County shelters can be found here.
  • Okeechobee County shelters can be found here
  • Duval County shelters can be found here
  • St. Johns County shelters can be found here
  • Alachua County shelters can be found here
  • Nassau County shelters can be found here
  • Bradford County shelters can be found here
  • Flagler County shelters can be found here.

 

US Military Support:

  • US Northern Command is coordinating support efforts for Hurricane Irma. 
  • The National Guard has activated more than 8,000 troops to support US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Florida and South Carolina.
  • Ohio National Guard deployed to the US Virgin Islands in support of Hurricane Irma response efforts. 
  • The US Navy deployed three ships with nearly 700 Marines embarked to support humanitarian relief efforts for Irma by providing disaster relief supplies, medical, logistics, and security support.
  • The US Coast Guard is deployed off Puerto Rico and Florida in support of Irma recovery efforts. 
  • US military allies including Netherlands and Britain are deploying assets to support the other Caribbean Islands.
  • A list of recommended actions before, during and after a hurricane are provided by the US Navy. 

For Constituents Abroad in the Caribbean

Avoid Scams after the Storm:

  •  Hurricane Preparedness Guide
    A guide prepared by the Florida Attorney General's office for avoiding scams and price gouging.
  • Florida Attorney General's Price Gouging Hotline: (866) 9-NO-SCAM
    Under FL law, during a state of emergency it is illegal to sell essential commodities for a an amount that grossly exceeds the average price for that commodity. Call the hotline if you suspect price gouging.