PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Social & Health Insurances SZV would like to inform its customers and the public that our offices located at the Harbour View Building are CLOSED to the public until further notice. We kindly ask persons NOT to visit our offices as our offices are not operational to assist persons at the moment. Our team is working diligently towards re-opening, as we are faced with the challenge of securing stable power and water sources at the moment.
Contacting SZV is possible via the Facebook page where daily updates are posted and our customer service is responsive to all private Facebook messages.
The customer service phone lines are currently NOT operational. We aim to have our phone lines operational as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience caused, which are beyond our control at the moment.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - People of St. Maarten.
Hurricane Maria, an extremely dangerous Category 5 storm, has crawled past our island, dumping a significant amount of rain and brushing us with tropical storm force winds that still keep whistling in our heads. But through it all God has been with us.
We therefore need to fall on our knees and thank Him for sparing us from the real wrath of Maria which has continued on its path of destruction towards the US Virgin Islands, particularly St. Croix, and the British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our brothers and sisters on those islands.
This certainly will go down as one of the worst hurricane seasons ever in the Caribbean. I can't remember any time in recent memory when so many islands in our region have been so heavily devastated by such very powerful storms and we still have some ways to go before the season officially ends. Scientists will have to determine why this extraordinary intensification of hurricane activity is happening with unprecedented destruction spread across our entire Caribbean region. In the meantime, we have to continue with our recovery and rebuilding efforts, despite the interruptions of Jose and Maria.
These are very tough times for every one of us, but as hurricane weary as we have become, we are a resilient people. The hurricanes may have knocked our island down, but they can't knock us out. We will rise again, like the proverbial Phoenix, and soar above the storms with wings of eagles.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – Notice to all Sint Maarten residents: The management of Spirit Airlines, has planned a flight to Sint Maarten that will bring residents of Sint Maarten who are stranded and would like to return home fro the United States of America. Residents with a Dutch passport or a valid Resident and / or Work Permit will be allowed to return to Sint Maarten.
The Spirit Airlines flight will depart Fort Lauderdale on Friday, September 22 at 9 am and will arrive in Sint Maarten at 12 noon.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Public Health Department & Collective Prevention Services hereby makes it known that the Mobile Health Bus will be rendering medical services to persons living in the Sucker Garden District on the main road across from the GEBE warehouse on Friday, September 22nd. The Mobile Health Bus will be opened from 9 AM to 11 AM and from 12 PM to 2 PM.
The Medical services will be geared specifically for persons who cannot reach to their General Practitioners. Please walk with the boxes of your prescribed medications for refill.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Prime Minister of St. Maarten, Mr. William Marlin on Monday afternoon stated that his answers to questions posed by a Dutch reporter last week were not properly reflected in the published report in the NRC Handelsblad.
“I regret the unnecessary controversy which this has generated and the distraction from our main focus which is the recovery effort in which we need all positive hands on deck,” Marlin said.
"The Dutch military has been doing a remarkable job.
GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Prime Minister William Marlin together with the Emergency Operation center (EOC) makes it known that the curfew remains in effect until Thursday, September 21st at 6 a.m. The curfew will continue as prior to the passing of Hurricane Maria daily from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. until further notice.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - People of St. Maarten, as you all know, Hurricane Maria is heading in our direction. It has developed into a major Category 4 hurricane.
St. Maarten has been under Tropical Storm warning since 11:00 am. Maria is expected to pass close to us on Tuesday. We should start experiencing the effects from around 12 noon.
We can expect up to 6 inches of rainfall and tropical storm force winds.
I can understand you saying: Oh, no, not again! Indeed, we seem to be under siege by these monster storms. We have survived Hurricane Irma, and I am sure we will survive Maria as well.
My biggest concern is that you stay safe. Whatever preparations you have to do should have been completed by now.
If you do not have a roof over your head, or if your house has been severely damaged by Irma, please find a family or friend to stay with to weather this approaching storm.
Your life and well-being are all that matter most. I urge everyone, every neighbor, who can offer some kind of shelter to please open up their doors and hearts to ensure that nobody is exposed to any more danger.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher on Monday explained that a decision about when residents abroad can return to the island will be made sometime after the passing of Hurricane Maria.
The Minister assured those abroad that every effort will be made to get them home sooner rather than later.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Over 300, 000 (Three Hundred thousand) pounds of hurricane relief supplies were secured and delivered by Ministry TEATT Team Relief SXM in the days following Hurricane Irma. The team, which consisted of several volunteers, was quickly formed once commercial airlines was cleared by Minister of Tourism Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher to fly into St. Maarten to perform humanitarian airlift.
The commercial airline that brought the most supplies into St. Maarten for Team Relief was Pawa Dominicana with 76,200 pounds of relief goods transported. Other major contributors were Sunwing with 28,800, Delta Airlines with 17,800, Copa Airlines with 17,800, Winair with 16, 500, JetBlue with 11,500 and WestJet with 10,500.
Caribbean Airlines, Air Anguilla, Tradewinds Aviation, Seaborne Airlines, Windward Express, Wingo Colombia, Miami Air, Blue City Holding and private charters also brought supplies to the island.
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