The photo above is from when Tropical Storm Erika hit Dominica in 2015 as images of Maria are not yet in circulation.

Our Southern island friends in Dominica were hit by Hurricane Maria on Monday evening, a category 5 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale. The hurricane has literally devastated the island and electricity and communication systems are down and expected to be so for weeks to come.

The Marine community is working with Ondeck who is preparing its Farr 65 Juno to head to Dominica late on Thursday evening to deliver much needed aid. They will then return a number of times over the coming weeks.

Anyone who wishes to donate can drop items at Falmouth Harbour Marina up to 4pm, today Wednesday or between 8.3.0am and 4pm any weekday, or at the Ondeck offices on Dockyard Drive within the same hours.

Initial requirements as stated by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerritt are:

Medical Supplies
Dry and tinned food

If you have any queries please call Ondeck and ask for Sandra or Jade: Tel: +1 (268) 562-6696.

There will be room for up to 6 people who want to get to Dominica to assist with relief efforts. Please contact Ondeck on the above numbers if you wish to go.

For those wishing to donate to the rebuilding of Dominica, the Government of Dominica has also set up an official funding site