"The Digicel team is ready and able".
According to the company, over 200 engineers, technicians and riggers have been mobilised across the region to undertake the required network restoration work.
His government has worked towards upgrading the island's building codes, by creating concrete homes, with concrete roofs that have deep foundations, which go up to 40-feet into the bedrock. "For the first time in 300 years, there's not a single living person on the island of Barbuda - a civilisation that has existed in that island for close to, over 300 years has now been extinguished".
In agreeing with this observation, the Antigua and Barbuda ambassador said: "This is precisely why the country requires worldwide help". Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands were also seriously damaged by the storm, which then moved up the length of Florida.
Pets and livestock also have been left to fend for themselves on the wind-swept island. "My message is: just as Trump is helping other US states, like Florida and Texas, just remember that there are some countries in the Caribbean that got damaged and the USA can do more", he says.
The first modern record of Barbuda was when Christopher Columbus landed on the island on his second voyage to the Americas in 1493. "The island and the people on the island had absolutely no chance".
CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada and Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque on Wednesday toured several hurricane- devastated islands and said an worldwide donors conference will be convened to mobilise the "significant resources" required for the recovery effort.
"I got calls from people in Campbell River asking if there was something we can do to help the hurricane victims", Somerville says. He says he believes the country can use all the help it can get.
That's an astronomical sum for a country with a gross domestic product of about $1 billion. Therefore, preparations will have to include stockpiling food, water, medicines and other essentials long before storms arrive on their shores. "We're going to have to keep this going for sometime because Barbuda's not going to be rebuilt in a hurry, and when we do rebuild it, we're going to have to rebuild to massive hurricane standards". Three people were killed in the storm and roughly 60 percent of the population was made homeless. But they will remain there for the foreseeable future as Barbuda faces a "mammoth task" to rebuild. PRI quoted Browne as saying the result of the storm is a "national disaster of epic proportions" and that Barbuda needs outside help. "We can not cope with our own resources alone". The views expressed are his own.