Serve On's International Response Team has landed in the Hurricane-hit Caribbean and is ready to go to work.
The team, which mobilised from Salisbury on Thursday, arrived in Barbados this evening and quickly liaised with the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) lead and the local Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and is now awaiting tasking in the region.
The Serve On team of five, plus two colleagues from Team Rubicon UK, arrived with 300kgs of kit, including technical search equipment making them immediately available for light search and rescue or assessment missions.
Hurricane Irma continues to make its devastating way across the Caribbean, maintaining its category 5 strength.
Wind speeds of up to 185mph at the core of the Category 5 storm have made Irma the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic and has already caused catastrophic damage.
The eye of the hurricane passed over Barbuda at around 1.47am (5.47am BST) on Wednesday before moving to the French islands of Saint-Barthelemy and Saint-Martin, where officials reported "major damage" with even the "most sturdy" buildings destroyed by winds that tore off rooftops and knocked out electricity.
Images of the devastating flooding on St Martin confirmed the destructive power of Irma.
The core of Irma ,pved over the Leeward Islands, and was heading near or over portions of the northern Virgin Islands and pass near or just north of Puerto Rico.
The initial plan is for our light team to assess the situation in the region, monitor the damage and link in with the cluster system to see where Team Rubicon volunteers can help with a larger follow-on deployment.
In order to support this deployment and the day-to-day work of Serve On, helping disaster-hit communities around the world and at home, we need your help.
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