Major tropical storms wreak havoc in the Caribbean almost every year, and sufficient aid is not always forthcoming. In 2017, the United States Virgin Islands were struck by two Category 5 hurricanes in close succession. These storms hammered the islands of St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas, leaving countless residents in desperate need of supplies and support.
One consulting firm based in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Cane Bay Partners, stepped up to help out. Under partners like David Johnson Cane Bay made sure that lifesaving supplies and other forms of support were made available as quickly as possible.
An Unprecedented Disaster Requires a Corresponding Response
Like the other archipelagos of the Caribbean, the U.S. Virgin Islands are not naturally well equipped to withstand severe weather. A lack of sharp topographical features allows intense storms to roll over the islands without losing much momentum or force.
That happened twice in a row in the fall of 2017, with two especially strong storms making landfall in the islands within the space of two weeks. Although the hurricanes showed some mercy by taking different paths through the territory, they still combined to do more damage than had ever been seen in the islands before.
That left many thousands of residents without water, food, shelter, and other basic necessities of life. Although international aid organizations were aware of the devastation, many were already committed to recovery efforts elsewhere.
Locals Pitch in to Help the Community
Fortunately, people with strong personal and professional ties to the U.S. Virgin Islands were ready and able to take up the slack. As one of the territory’s most prominent consulting firms, Cane Bay Partners has an international focus that sees it working with and serving clients all over the world.
At the same time, the company has also been a consistent supporter of its community and remained so after the 2017 hurricanes. In addition to making generous personal donations, the firm’s partners were able to raise large amounts of money to buy much-needed disaster relief supplies. That ended up making the recovery from the devastating storms go more smoothly than almost anyone had dared to hope.