Hurricane Irma regional update
Deloitte in the Caribbean and Bermuda Countries
September 15, 2017
Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Atlantic, ripped through parts of the Caribbean region last week causing widespread damage and leaving many casualties in its wake.
All Deloitte employees in the affected islands have been located and are safe, and we have begun a process of evacuation and relocation of our people and their families to other islands in which we have operations, primarily Bermuda and Cayman.
The Deloitte office most impacted by the storm was in the British Virgin Islands and a full assessment of the recovery effort on the ground is ongoing. In the meantime, our regional business and infrastructure platforms have enabled us to continue serving clients with little interruption and no loss of data.
John Johnston, CEO of Deloitte’s operations in Bermuda and the Caribbean region, stated: “The impact of hurricane Irma has been truly devastating on some Caribbean islands. Our people are our first concern and all are safe and well and are being relocated with their families to other Deloitte offices. Our operations in the BVI were by far the hardest hit. There is a tightly knit community of professional services firms in BVI and the level of collaboration and support between firms to help each other has been notable. Most of our people will be temporarily located in Bermuda and Cayman, where they will continue to serve clients. Our regional business model and infrastructure enable our practitioners to work remotely with full access to data and our tools. We are also rallying around clients in the region who may require support from us to get their operations up and running and deal with the myriad business complexities wrought by the storm. We expect the recovery process for the region to be a long and costly one that will require cooperation between the private sector and governments as well as significant funding.”
We are working, and will continue to work, to provide assistance and support to the people, clients and communities that were affected by the storm.