Nancy Polucci is pretty sure the two-bedroom cottage she owns on St. John has been decimated by Hurricane Irma, the monster storm that pummeled the Caribbean and Florida over the past several days.
“You just don’t know until you get there and see what it looks like,” said the West Tisbury resident, who has served as a volunteer on the Chilmark Fire Department. “It’s a wooden house, so I doubt it survived.”
The house, which she calls the Honeymoon Hiker’s Cottage, is on the Coral Bay side of the island, and overlooks Hurricane Hole. She spends six months a year on St. John, and has been going there for 28 years, typically leaving Martha’s Vineyard by mid-September.
Ms. Polucci said the devastation has given her the idea of trying to find a way to help the people of her second home. She said she’s willing to provide her land for Vineyard tradesmen — electricians, plumbers, carpenters, and firefighters — to set up tents for temporary housing to help rebuild St. John.
“There’s a lot of money there,” she said. “People will be looking for people to help them rebuild.”
Chilmark Fire has donated reflective orange T shirts for volunteers to wear, and Tri-Town EMS is donating medical supplies, Ms. Polucci said.
If anyone is interested in taking Ms. Polucci up on her offer, she can provide information on ways to get to the island once things are up and running again.
“I’m looking for people who are strong, young, and able to rough it,” she said. “The place is devastated.”
Anyone interested in more information should reach out to her by email at email@example.com.