All Hell Has Broken Loose in the Caribbean in the Aftermath of Hurricane Irma
All Hell Has Broken Loose in the Caribbean in the Aftermath of Hurricane Irma by Daisy Luther – The Organic Prepper
Preppers often wonder what it would be like if everything was destroyed in a disaster. After Hurricane Irma devastated the Caribbean, it didn’t take long before society began to devolve. There’s no food, no water, and armed looters are running amok.
The island of Barbuda saw 90% of their homes and structures destroyed by the hurricane, while on other islands, the destruction was more like 70%. The infrastructure is absolutely destroyed. Electricity and fresh running water are gone in most places for the indefinite future.
One woman from Tortola who had been traveling when the storm hit, finally reached her husband and described the scene:
“There is debris all over the island. There seems to be no information and people are running around like headless chickens. It looks like the government building in Tortola has been totalled, but there has to be some more coordination. People on the ground are starting to panic, and I can hear it in my husband’s voice.
People are talking about supplies going in, but there is a need to get stuff out. It’s well over 30C and it’s humid and dirty. Houses are not secure and there is raw sewage, rubbish and rotting food and there are rats and birds going into the houses.” (source)
Any power on the island comes from generators, and internet access is very sketchy. Soon, fuel will run out and they will be completely cut off. The lack of sanitation will result in waterborne illnesses.
What the government did before the storm left good people at risk.
Before Hurricane Irma hit, the government of the US Virgin Islands confiscated the guns in the hopes that they could more easily maintain law and order.
Of course, you can bet that only the law abiding citizens turned over their guns. This happened in New Orleans, as well, leaving people helpless in the face of ruthless looters.
There is hardly any food or water
With homes destroyed, so too were any supplies that people had put back. Humanitarian aid has been dispensed (source), but when it is divided out, most families are subsisting on a liter of water per day and a few rations.
Grocery stores were scavenged on the first day after the storm, and it didn’t take long for violence to erupt:
At dawn, people began to gather, quietly planning for survival after Hurricane Irma.
They started with the grocery stores, scavenging what they needed for sustenance: water, crackers, fruit.
But by nightfall on Thursday, what had been a search for food took a more menacing turn, as groups of people, some of them armed, swooped in and took whatever of value was left: electronics, appliances and vehicles.
“All the food is gone now,” Jacques Charbonnier, a 63-year-old resident of St. Martin, said in an interview on Sunday. “People are fighting in the streets for what is left.” (source)
Others report of digging through the rubble of homes to find any food that might be there. While supplies trickle in, many people are evacuating because there is no water to drink. (source)
Looters are becoming increasingly violent
Everyone didn’t give up their firearms: