Hurricane Irma - Emergency evacuation of 217 tourists and expats


As Hurricane Irma strengthened to a Category 5 storm, evacuation orders were issued for several islands in the Bahamas and Caribbean. Commercial flights were filling up quickly and travellers started calling their travel insurance companies for help.


Traveller Assist deployed a four-member crisis response team to the region to act as on-the-ground agents for travellers and expats, and to coordinate ground and air transportation.


Our team was activated by four separate travel insurance companies and a travel agency to locate and evacuate an extensive list of travellers in four-countries. St. Martin, St. Maarten, Anguilla and Barbuda. 


Coordinated from St. Maarten, within 36-hours (just 8-hours before Hurricane Irma destroyed these islands), Traveller Assist successfully evacuated 217 travellers & expats to various locations via commercial flights.

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