Statia is situated in a disaster prone environment concerning natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes (with possible subsequent Tsunami), volcanic eruptions, fires, excessive rain fall or draught. Beside natural disasters there could be disasters caused by airplane accidents, harbor accidents , electrical and/or water distribution disturbance. Key challenges for Statia are limited resources (both materials and human resources) and being located on an islands.
Red Cross’s primary involvement is in aiding those who are unable to help themselves in times of need. This is done in various forms of voluntary assistance, such as;
- First Aid
- Disaster Relief
- Assistance at Events
- Hurricane preparedness/recovery
When medical care cannot be immediately accessed, Red Cross is available to offer initial care for injury or illness. This initial care is given so to save the life of the person and to prevent any further harm or injury.
Red Cross volunteers are always on standby should any disasters occur on the island. In case of a disaster, Red Cross will provide medical assistance, offer support in dealing with evacuations and support the distribution of primary goods. Red Cross will assist in the coordination of emergency shelter provisions before and /or after the disaster.
ASSISTANCE AT EVENTS
Red Cross is present in local events on the island. Our support in these events is necessary to ensure that visitors of these events can get emergency care in case something would happen.
Are you organizing an event and would like to make use of the Red Cross assistance? Then please contact us.
Red Cross offers immediate assistance in times of hurricane threat to the island. Our volunteers are quickly dispatched to the shelters to assist in care, offering relief supplies if needed. Red Cross Statia participates in the annual pre-hurricane exercise (Hurex) together with the local government, hospital, Dutch marines and other actors.