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COPA Airlines Information About Flights Affected by Hurricane Irma

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Nimay González

| 5 sep 2017 09.10pm

Due to the impact of Hurricane Irma on the islands of the Caribbean, Copa Airlines reports that operations in that region will be affected between 6th and 7th of September.

Details that damages will have "special impact in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, Punta Cana, Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, Port-au-Prince, Haiti and the island of Saint Martin, cities presenting cancellations and delays during the dates mentioned above.

He adds that the effect of the hurricane could extend the weekend toward areas of the Caribbean, including the Bahamas and Cuba, in addition to Miami and Fort Lauderdale, in the State of Florida.

Faced with this situation, the airline will provide to passengers who have issued your ticket flight until 5 September 2017 to fly between 4 and 12 September, the alternative being to change the date of travel at no cost or penalty.

"The passengers will have until 12 September to complete the change of their itineraries, which they may postpone until 30 September. The changes will be subject to the capacity of the flight," explains Cup said in a statement.

The airline urges passengers to be aware of the status of their flight through the www.copa.com web page or by contacting the call center.

http://www.telemetro.com/nacionales/Copa-Airlines-informa-afectacion-Irma_0_1060395106.html

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A team of the Joint Task Force (FTC) is going to the islands of the Caribbean and Cuba, territories affected by the passage of hurricane Irma, to provide support and humanitarian assistance.

The President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela, through the social network Twitter, also stated that there will be an air bridge between the Dominican Republic and Tortola to evacuate  Panamanian citizens.

"Facing the strong impact of hurricane Irma in the Caribbean Islands and Cuba, as Panamanians, we prepare ourselves to be in solidarity with those affected," wrote the head of State.

The Panamanian Information Coordination Center CECODI is available to speak with family and friends who require information from Panamanian territory, and the numbers are the following: 504-8814, 6671-1040.

For attention to Panameños in Dominican Republic (1) 829 341 5537 and Haiti (509) 28 121 396.

Catherine Perea  9 Sep 2017 | 11.79 am

http://www.telemetro.com/nacionales/Equipo-FTC-Islas-Caribe-Cuba_0_1061594132.html

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Panama aiding island hurricane victims

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Parque Omar collection center

PANAMA has moved quickly to support victims of Hurricane Irma in Cuba and other Caribbean islands and on Saturday,  Sep, 9  activated the Joint Task Force (FTC) team.

An FTC plane left on Saturday morning, to establish an air bridge between the Dominican Republic and Isla Tórtola and to evacuate Panamanian citizens.

Announcing the opening of  a Collection Center in Parque  Omar under the coordination of the Office of the First Lady and the FTC, President  Juan Carlos Varela  said: “CUBA  has been very supportive of Panama; let us all prepare ourselves to support the Cuban people, ” People are asked to donate r personal hygiene items, powdered infant formula, adult  powdered milk and canned food.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the activation of the Information Coordination Center (CECODI) to assist Panamanians in areas impacted by Hurricane Irma, as well as relatives and relatives who require information from Panamanian territory. The center is operating 24 hours a day by phone at  504-8814, 6671-1040 or email cecodi@mire.gob.pa.

Panama Coopera is a system that coordinates cooperation that the country receives and transfers to and from the international community in times of emergency. Consider taking time on Sunday tp donate at Parque Omar.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/panama-moves-support-island-hurricane-victims

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Is there somewhere in our community where donations can be made?

 Barbuda, being a flat small island has been completely taken out by this storm.  I read this morning that Mexico is now being affected by the little hurricane hovering in the Western Caribbean.  How much more can these poor people take?

My family in New Tampa are staying now that the biggest threat per the governor is storm surge and they live pretty far from the coast.  Hope this is the right decision for them and their neighbors.  Time will tell.

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Collection centers have been established at all Bomberos stations, or Fire Halls, in Chiriqui, as well as at the Governor's mansion in David.

They are looking for

  • Powdered Baby Formula
  • Powdered Milk
  • Personal Hygiene Items
  • Diapers
  • Canned Food
  • Blankets

 

https://twitter.com/PrimeraDamaPma/status/907258950554406912

 

The first planeload of relief supplies was scheduled to leave this morning.

 

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There was a story on 60 minutes or one of those shows with an aid worker showing all the useless donated stuff and even good stuff that went to waste (would you believe donations to the Thailand tsunami victims included spike heeled shoes?).  It showed huge piles of clothing that rescuers did not have time to sort or distribute.  The piles remained where they were unloaded and left to mold and rot on the beach.  They eventually had to burn them.  The aid worker said the only sensible and useful way to help in a natural disaster is to send cash to established aid organizations so what is needed can be purchased locally or closer to the area that needs help.  She pointed out that cases of bottled water were donated and flown to a disaster area for a cost of over $100,000 to transport them.  Aid organizations in the area had water purifying equipment that could put out the same amount of water in a day for only $300.

The point of all this is it would be helpful to know what aid groups are helping Barbuda, St. Martin, the Virgin Islands, Florida, etc. so people could donate cash.  Is Primera Dama Panama one of them? 

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I agree with Judy. Both experience and common sense tell me that the cost of shipping and/or the likelihood of misappropriation of tangible donations en route mitigate against the donation of goods. I too am watching for what reputable relief organizations are involved in Caribbean recovery. My choice will be to send money to them.

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The supplies that are being solicited and sent out by Panama strike me as being the kind of direct aid that is useful and it's being delivered quickly. 

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Panama today sent the first cargo of 4 tons of humanitarian aid to Cuba and San Martin, hard hit by Hurricane Irma, and began to repatriate Panamanians who were stranded from the Dominican Republic, official sources said.

The director of the National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc), José Donderis, informed that the aid is sent to the islands "with severe damage" and that it intends to send up to 24 tonnes of assistance, donated mainly by the population.

Donderis said gouverment will send toiletries, tents, clothes, water and dry food.

On the other hand, the National Aeronaval Service indicated that today will arrive from the Dominican Republic the first group of 9 Panamanians, evacuated from Tortola Island, which suffered serious damages due to Hurricane Irma.

The Copa Airlines aircraft will be responsible for transferring humanitarian aid and repatriating Panamanians from the airports that are authorized in the Dominican Republic, where they have come from San Martin and the Virgin Islands.

http://www.panamatoday.com/panama/panama-sends-humanitarian-aid-islands-affected-hurricane-irma-5185

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9 hours ago, Keith Woolford said:

The supplies that are being solicited and sent out by Panama strike me as being the kind of direct aid that is useful and it's being delivered quickly. 

I agree. There are no personally donated goods or money; according to the article, this is a praiseworthy government-sponsored effort. But personal donations, I believe, should be made through a respected charity.

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The First Lady of Panama, Lorena Castillo de Varela, arrived in La Habana yesterday afternoon to coordinate the entry of humanitarian aid efforts for Cuba by the Panamanian public, residents associations, and the Government.

Hurrican Irma did a lot of damage on the island.

https://twitter.com/PrimeraDamaPma/status/913404993159483393

 

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Panama is appreciated for the 31 containers of humanitarian relief which was shipped to Cuba.

https://twitter.com/PrimeraDamaPma/status/913801244636012545

https://twitter.com/PrimeraDamaPma/status/913462027972235264 https://twitter.com/PrimeraDamaPma/status/913470789327912961

 

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