Cyclone Yasa Response - FIJI

NATIONAL EMERGENCY (CYCLONE YASA) - FIJI UPDATE

As of Thursday, December 17th, the Island Nation of Fiji in its entirety has been declared a "State of Natural Disaster" for the next 30 days following the destructive path of Cyclone Yasa. She says this allows the NDMO to call on all of the government's assets to be on standby and be mobilized.

The declaration allows the NDMO to efficiently and effectively plan and coordinate the preparedness and response phases for Tropical Cyclone Yasa. It will assist NDMO, ministries and departments to manage and control activities to ensure the safety and security of the public.

SEA MERCY STANDING READY TO ASSIST

As with Cyclone Winston in 2016, Sea Mercy's fleet of volunteer vessels, crews and disaster response leadership team in Fiji are standing by to assist the NDMO with emergency aid and medical team deliveries to the devastated remote island communities. Since 2012, Sea Mercy has played a critical role in the meeting the needs on these remote islands and often were the first to respond and arrive with aid on these 'at risk' remote islands (www.seamercy.org/dr).

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

We are currently purchasing emergency aid locally (food, water filters, medical supplies) for our Fiji based vessels to deliver and we are organizing the purchase and delivery of water filters and medical supplies needed to support Sea Mercy's ongoing efforts. The best way to support those efforts and the people on the remote islands is to follow the below link and make a financial donation. As a 100% volunteer organization, all donations are used to meet the needs in these devastated communities.

MAKE A DONATION




Vessel Owners

If you are a vessel owner wanting to assist (but not currently in Fiji), there is a three step process that all of our volunteer vessels follow:
STEP 1: Register your vessel online with us at: www.seamercy.org/captain.
STEP 2: Complete Vessel Equipment form (emailed to you when you register)
STEP 3: Complete the Sea Mercy Accident Waiver and email it to our Fleet Coordinator at coordinator@seamercy.org.

Questions? You can email our Fleet Coordinator at the above address or contact him via WhatsApp at +679 928 1460.

* Please do not collect or send unsolicited in-kind physical donations. It will not be distributed. With thousands of people now homeless across the 300+ Fiji islands, securing and delivering shelter, clean water and nutrition will be the greatest need for months to come. We are working with our Government and NGO colleagues to secure and ship additional aid. Making an online donation to Sea Mercy through the above secure PayPal link is the best way to help us to quickly secure and deliver the emergency aid needed in these hard-hit areas. Follow our response efforts Sea Mercy's Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/seamercysouthpacific/.

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