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    Storm (Hurricane Tomas)

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    What was the impact of ****** on the school, students, etc.?

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    It is unlikely that you will get a response right now from anyone at the University since the internet is currently down due to the storm.

    From what I have been told the school sustained minimal damage from the hurricane and everything was already repaired and cleaned this past Monday. The electricity and internet is down all over the island but the school is self-sustaining for at least one month. The school has generators so they do have electricity which was turned on as soon as the power went down and has been supplying power to the entire Campus. They also have a very large supply of back-up water so students have access to plenty of water on campus, there is plenty of water for students to take back to their apartments if they needed any, and showers have been available if the students needed it. They also have food on campus so students are not having any issues.

    Classes were not really interrupted because the University was built to sustain hurricanes. It appears the dean and management did a great job in preparing the students and school for the hurricane, and had the minor repairs and clean-up done extremely quickly. The entire staff remained on the island and have been available to the students, classes did resume normally on Tuesday with a makeup day on Saturday (for the Monday that the school did minor repairs and cleaned up the campus). It appears that they coordinated everything very well - none of the students were injured, they have food, they have water, and classes have been going on uninterrupted.

    Hopefully this weekend the phones and electricity should be back to normal depending on the speed at which repairs can be made by the island's electricity and phone companies.
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    I am making this sticky for a week or so in case any family or friends of students come on here looking for information.
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    Update

    This is good news!

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    Update on SHSU after the hurricane:


    SHSU has been up and running at 100% capacity since November 2nd and held make-up classes this past Saturday, as I mentioned in my earlier post.


    The water is not restored for much of the island as of right now, so I am not sure what people are doing outside of Spartan, since water is scarce. That said Spartan has been putting its reserve supply of water to good use making it available to its students on campus and off. The Dean of the University has been sending water to students apartments to fill up their storage tanks. Electricity is still up and down for many people as repairs are being made. I think the electric company hopes to have everything restored on the island by some point this week. SHSU still has electricity since they are running off of generators during the power outage and have purchased washers and driers for students to do their laundry while there is no water/power outside of the University. It appears that the Dean did a great job preparing the school and students keeping them safe and well.
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    Just wanted to give another update on SHSU and St. Lucia after the hurricane.

    The school is still using its backup water supply for students in school, is still supplying water to students at their homes (filling up their tanks when needed), they have been allowing students to shower on campus in the mens and womens showers, and the school purchased a washer and drier and has been allowing students to wash and dry their cloths on the campus. The school is still operating off of its generators as the repairs have been going on and power has been going in and out. I am not sure if power has been fully restored as of yet but will post it once I find out.

    Unfortunately the water supply has still not been restored for many people so the school is going to continue to supply water and run its generators when needed so that the students can go about their daily activities while classes continue.

    The water supply is supposed to be completely restored by this Thursday. I am sure the restoration can not happen soon enough for many many people. From my understanding SHSU students were lucky to have had this water supply on campus because many people on the island have simply not had much access to water.

    I heard there is going to be a school function at the end of this week to celebrate the fact that all the students were kept safe and classes continued without interruption once the hurricane passed.

    Hopefully I will have another update towards the end of the week.


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    Update:

    After a long period without a water supply during which many people outside of the Spartan community suffered without water or power the water supply has been restored.

    There will be a school function/party at the end of this week to celebrate the great job the dean and staff of SHSU did taking care of the students.
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    Hi Every one. Well done, no classes inturptions. Congradulations to all of you in St. Lucia.

    "TOMAS" damaged some infra-structure in St. Lucia. Electricity, phone and cable services were restored in a short time, according to the news paper and TV.

    To restore the water supply, even water company had difficulties to locate the damage here and there. It was in the news that the water supply will be restored ASAP. All the citizens of St. Lucia relied on the info provided by the water company. (Source local news and WASCO)

    I called the Coconut Bay (Expensive & Best Resort in Viex Forrt) few days ago, and they said that there is limited water there as well, they are buying the fall water, but supply is limitted. They may close the business for a short time. Except water shortage, life is normal in St. Lucia.

    The major concern is about the future of students in St. Lucia. They have paid tution, spend a reasonable amount on accomodation and food etc; and it is almost the end of the semester, therefore they want to complete it, and not to waste one semeter's time.

    I hope that the presidents and admin of all the med-schools in St. Lucia are awrae about the "TOMAS" related difficulties. I hope all the med-schools in St. Lucia will consider this hard time, and will be linient in promotions.

    Some of the med schools did suffer natural diasters, like AUC, The eruption of the volcano,in 1997. St. Georges and St. Marteen as well. It is not a new factor in the carribean.

    The sate department did not post any warning after "TOMAS" for US citizens in St. Lucia. Flights are landing and departing every day from USA and Europe.

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    I agree that no one can be blamed about the sudden natural disaster, like "TOMAS" hurricane. It was sudden and accidental. People can always talk after the accident and have their comments. I came to know from news about the "EARTH SLIDING" and damage in Soufriere.

    As I have family friends in both IAU & Spartan; I was concerned not only about those few people but, all of the students community from abroad. Both the schools tried to do what ever they could in their capacity. One of my relative told me that admin staff was running arround to get some water for their students.

    As you said that Spartan has an uderground water tank and IAU purcahsed water from private tankers. May be some one commented after the hurricane that every tap will have water in Vieux Fort with in two days, which was neither correct nor authentic. It was ignorance.

    One official told me that USA consulate personals also visited St. Lucia, they found the island safe and no need to evacuate the island or even to issue some type of warnning.

    I have contacted these colleges and came to know that from both major med-schools, not more than 20 students left the island for few days for various reasons. They are all back. All of them are devoted to their future and health profession.


    We all hope and pray that may God protect the island from such a disaster in the future.

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    I heard water supply stopped for about a month. Some students took a shower at school. Can't imagine how horrible it is! You pay rent and can't take a shower at your house. Should give students credit for living such a terrible condition.

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