The Caribbean: Hurricanes Irma and Jose Response Situation Report #1, 13 September 2017

from International Organization for Migration
Published on 13 Sep 2017


  • IOM has deployed a surge team of six experts to support efforts led by various country offices in the affected region. The team has expertise in Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), displacement tracking, shelter management, gender-based violence risk reduction, and NFI/shelter operations.

  • Based in the coordination hub in Barbados and at regional level in Panama, surge experts have already been deployed to the affected islands to conduct assessments.

  • Affected populations are mostly in need of WASH, food, shelter/NFIs, and health and infrastructure assistance. Needs for protection, logistics, and education have also been identified in some affected islands.

  • The worst affected islands by Hurricanes Irma and Jose are Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, and the Turks and Caicos.


The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC)/Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) teams have been deployed to affected areas, including Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Sint Maarten, and Turks and Caicos Islands to conduct initial assessments. As of 11 September 2017, IOM surge team experts are present in the regional coordination hub in Barbados and at regional level in Panama. IOM experts are currently deployed to Antigua and Barbuda, one of the most affected islands.

In coordination with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), IOM will collate and maintain updated information on displacement and human mobility figures. As the situation has not yet stabilized, there is still much fluidity in movements. Figures tracked under the displacement portfolio will include persons evacuated, internally displaced, residing in collective settings, sheltered in host families, and stranded migrants.

In this line, human mobility generated by Irma and Jose hit a peak of more than two million persons, including people evacuated into safe areas in Cuba and across the Caribbean.

Displacement tracking will place emphasis on people residing in temporary settings and those still on the move as evacuations and returns are still undergoing.

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