Cane Bay Partners of the United States Virgin Islands is a successful international management and consulting firm. In addition to serving the company’s clients well, under founding partners like David Johnson Cane Bay has also become an important source of support for the territory itself.

In particular, a nonprofit known as “Cane Bay Cares” has helped the islands recover more gracefully from recent tropical storms than was the norm in the past. With highly capable leaders like Johnson being so committed to pitching in, an even brighter future awaits the US Virgin Islands.

More Efficient, Better Targeted Responses to Major Tropical Storms

The US Virgin Islands are inherently and unavoidably vulnerable to tropical storms, with their very situation ensuring that the danger of a major one making landfall can never be ruled out. Unfortunately, development for many years focused more on expediency than anything else, with the resulting structures not being designed to bear much in the way of storm-induced stress.

As a result of this and a lack of appropriate arrangements, responses to the damage and destruction caused by storms have historically been of fairly muddled and mixed effectiveness. In some cases, residents have even suffered unnecessarily for months or longer while badly planned and managed relief efforts were underway.

Organizations like Cane Bay Cares are starting to change this by putting an emphasis on providing the kinds of support that are most important in the aftermath of a storm. Instead of the ad hoc types of responses that have been so common in the past, recent efforts have taken on a far more organized and strategically targeted character.

Reducing the Human Toll of Tropical Storms Should Always be the First Priority

To accomplish this, Cane Bay Cares and its partner organizations have put the residents of the US Virgin Islands first in all their plans and activities. That means focusing on making sure that true essentials like water and food are available before worrying about the many other kinds of progress that will need to be made. Thanks to this more practical, humane, and focused take on providing relief, even major storms like those of the 2017 season have ended up inflicting less damage, in the final analysis, than would formerly have been expected.