Q&A from the field: Reconnecting loved ones in Dominica

Q&A from the field: Reconnecting loved ones in Dominica

Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused massive destruction across the United States and the Caribbean. Power, connectivity, and damaged infrastructure left many on residents of islands without basic necessities—or a way to get in touch with loved ones.

Dominica was the first amongst Caribbean islands to be hit by Hurricane Maria. Because the island nation’s communication infrastructure was so severely impacted, many of the 73,000 residents on the island still don’t know what damage has been done to neighboring communities and still have no idea if the ones they love are safe. Through our family reconnection project, Restoring Family Links, the Red Cross is able to help people on Dominica locate missing family members via phone calls and written letters.

We spoke to Susan Schaefer, a Red Cross disaster responder, about her deployment to Dominica.

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