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Q&A's update 6 - Current status of Saba and St. Eustatius

Information number
The public information number has been set up by the National Crisis Center. For the Netherlands the number is 0800-1351.  From the islands you can call + 31 202051351

How do I find out if my family/friends on the Islands are safe?
Where can I find relatives information?
Consult or report it on the website of the Red Cross:: https://familylinks.icrc.org/cyclone-irma/en/Pages/Home.aspx
In addition, www.ikbenveilig.nl will also stay  in the air.

What about the power supply on Saba and St. Eustatius?
Electricity is under control, there is 80% recovered on St. Eustatius, on Saba 98%.

Are the schools and offices open again on Saba and St. Eustatius?
A number of schools on St. Eustatius are still closed. Follow local news reports. For Saba is made known that the schools  will be open on Tuesday, September 12th. The local and national government offices on both islands started today, Monday, September 11th.

What is being arranged for stranded tourists on Saba and St. Eustatius?
People can report to the local government on the spot.

Are the banks open on St. Eustatius and Saba?
The bank on St.  Eustatius is not yet open. They are waiting for instructions from the mother branch in St. Maarten. The ATM is out of order. The bank on Saba is closed. The ATM in Winwardside is not working, only the ATM in The Bottom is still working.

How do I get clean drinking water and power supply?
On the Islands the supply of food and water is being addressed with urgency.

I want to be evacuated from St. Maarten to St. Eustatius, where should I report?
The Island Governor of St. Eustatius has announced to organize transport of St. Maarten for inhabitants of St. Eustatius. A list is being put together. Please contact Lantha Berkel +5993195920  or + 5993195919  Curdi Lewis to register. It is recommended that you keep a close eye on local news reports.

I want to be evacuated from St. Maarten to St. Eustatius, where can I report?
There are private initiatives. This morning a boat took some people to Saba. People from Saba who are on St. Maarten, and want to go home, are advised to keep a close eye on the media coverage.

How can people from Bonaire help the Windward Islands?
There are several inhabitants of Bonaire who want to reach out a helping hand which is being appreciated. The coordination is important. The Red Cross is the contact point where items can be delivered for the bare necessities. There is a citizens ' initiative in collaboration with the Red Cross, the public entity of Bonaireand the NGO platform Bonaire. Check the Facebook page Boneiru pa islariba / Bonaire voor de Bovenwinden.  The Island Governor of Bonaire is involved with this initiative.

People from Bonaire who want to travel to the Windward Islands to volunteer to help with cleaning, care, reconstruction etc. can give their personal data and information. It is also important to mention what they can help with. They can mail to the Red Cross via the email address silberie67@gmail.com.

I want to help from the Netherlands. How can I do that?
The Red Cross has opened a Giro account number 5125 to support the victims of the hurricane.

Will the King, or another Minister go to the disaster area?
King Willem-Alexander has visited Curaçao and St. Maarten and will go to St. Eustatius and Saba on Tuesday, September 12th.

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