Self-Reporting Post Hurricane Database
As a result of last year’s storms, does anyone know if any recognized database(s), going forward, have now been established for self-reporting one’s well-being following a storm, for the benefit of family members and friends who want to know if they are ok? I seem to remember some ad-hoc ones being put together following Irma for each of the islands, whereby residents could go and self-report to a center that was compiling the database or to be reported to the center as having been seen safe by someone else. I know that on this end, here in the States, I was able to check on a few friends that way.
The Red Cross was encouraging people to self report shortly after Irma.
The St John Community Foundation has set up a “roll call” registry for STJ residents to report safety post-storm. Signup is at Connections or the STJCF office at the Marketplace. Of course, this is a lot easier to manage on an island the size of STJ vs STT or STX. In practice, Facebook groups served that role for many last year.
Make friends with someone with a shortwave radio on both ends in case cell towers are down. It was weeks before I could get online last year.
After Marilyn, the Post Office handed out post cards to let folks off island know we made it through. But, that was back when not every single person and their dog did not had cell phones and FB hadn't been invented.