#242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition: September 19, 2019
Bahamians, we have lived through many, many, storms. Andrew, Matthew,
Jeanne, and Francis to name a few. Each time, we have picked ourselves
up, dusted ourselves off, and started again; in some cases, with
assistance and donations that have filtered through – but mainly on our
own. Typically in the days following a storm, Grand Bahama is inundated
with the mass of Insurance Adjusters who come to assess the damages, and
determine what payouts are necessary. Post Dorian however, the island
is now teeming with literally hundreds of volunteers from organizations
from all over the world. To say we are thankful is not enough, we are
overwhelmed and just astonished.
GB Disaster Foundation Brings Relief to Residents Impacted by Hurricane Dorian
Freeport, Bahamas –
In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, the Grand Bahama
Disaster Relief Foundation (GBDRF) - the organization formed by the
Directors of Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) to oversee relief
efforts - quickly sprang into action to meet the needs of impacted
residents. With the help of its many partners, the GBDRF has spearheaded
a series of rescue operations, particularly in the hard-hit East End,
in addition to providing water, food, clothing, and other relief items
to Grand Bahamian families.
emergency food and water aid strategy was locked down, we then turned
our attention to providing medical care,” said Joe Oliver, Outreach
Coordinator with the GBDRF. “That has involved treating patients with
ruptured stomach ulcers, to taking the necessary precautions to prevent
diseases like gangrene and tetanus or any other sort of infections.”
Working with doctors from the Rand Memorial Hospital, the team
established protocols to provide immediate medical attention, using
various donated vehicles to reach the far-flung parts of the island with
the necessary medical care.
is making great progress thanks to the fantastic help from LPC
Crossreach regulars, wonderful volunteers from Crisis Response
International and of course your food and financial support.
High points so far this week.
Monday evening Crossreach’s picking shelves were 90% bare. Deliveries
were made the worst affected areas of downtown and the Regency park area
where every home was flooded.
Tuesday Crossreach received two trailers of and six pallets of new
supplies. These deliveries were put into the Crossreach warehouse and
the overflow staged in 2 additional adjacent warehouses.
Wednesday boxes of supplies were unpacked and the shelves restocked.
Approximately 200 bags were filled for delivery. Three delivery runs
were made to downtown Regency Park and Lewis Yard distributing about 170
Crossreach will unpack and stage the deliveries temporarily stored in
adjacent warehouses, restock the picking shelves and make more
could not receive and distribute so much food without your kind support
and the unbelievably, hardworking CRISIS RESPONSE INTERNATIONAL
Thank you all for supporting Grand Bahama and Crossreach.
Your generosity allows Crossreach to deliver food and supplies to many more stricken families in need.
NEMA takes relief supplies directly to the doors of affected residents
Bahama – NEMA took hurricane relief supplies directly to the residents
of Grand Bahama in “Operation Relief Saturday,” September 14, 2019.
Minister the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest, Minister of State for Grand Bahama
Senator Kwasi Thompson, President of the Senate and Coordinator for
NEMA, Senator Kay Forbes-Smith, along with volunteers gathered at
Freeport Shipping Services and unpacked huge pallets of hurricane relief
items, sorted them and put together “Care Packages” for Grand Bahamian
impact of Hurricane Dorian on Grand Bahama, which caused an as-yet
undisclosed amount of oil to spill from the South Riding Point storage
facility, should teach the government a lesson and lead to a definitive
rejection of the notorious Oban refinery proposal before it is too late.
Fred Smith, legal
director of of Save the Bays, said the government would be “insane” to
continue courting another dangerous and reckless facility of this kind.
Royal Caribbean ‘Grand Bahama Shipyard Open, Cruise Lines Get 300 Bahamians Back to Work in Grand Bahama
Even as its ships
ferried thousands of meals and tons of supplies to hurricane-stricken
Grand Bahama in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, Royal Caribbean issued
welcomed news yesterday – Grand Bahama Shipyard, one of the island’s
largest employers, re-opened September 11, providing jobs and a
semblance of normalcy amidst the tumultuous relief efforts.
“We are extremely
pleased to advise that the Grand Bahama Shipyard re-opened for business
on Wednesday, September 11, allowing some 300 Bahamian employees to
return to work and demonstrating to the outside world that Grand Bahama
is on a path to recovery,” said Michael Bayley, President & CEO of
Royal Caribbean International. The cruise line is part owner of the
region’s largest ship repair facility along with Carnival Corp. whose
top executives issued a similar statement.
15th, 2019, Freeport, Grand Bahama. The Grand Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) is supporting Grand Bahama’s businesses and residents in the wake
of Hurricane Dorian through its focused efforts on safely returning
essential services to the Island.
Chairman Sarah St. George said, “Dorian attacked us with such force and
devastation that it has taken days to grasp the tragic loss of human
life and vast extent of damage to this lovely Island we are so proud to
call our home. We mourn those who have lost their lives on Grand Bahama,
pray for those who lost family members and friends, and we grieve for
our close neighbors in Abaco.
Leading Realtor Mario Carey: ‘We have the inventory’
repossessed properties sit vacant while thousands who lost their homes
as Hurricane Dorian thrashed Abaco and Grand Bahama are sleeping in
shelters, desperate for some semblance of a return to normalcy.
Now, says leading
real estate broker and entrepreneur Mario Carey, as government searches
for a solution to housing the answer may be staring them right in the
face – incentivize investors to buy distressed properties and transform
them into rent-controlled, affordable housing.
United States Commits $4 Million in New Funding, Promises Continued Coordination with Government of The Bahamas
At a press
conference in Washington, D.C., today U.S. Agency for International
Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green announced nearly $3.8
million in additional humanitarian assistance to help people in The
Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian. This brings total U.S. funding for
the response to more than $10 million, which includes logistics support
from the U.S. Department of Defense.
Green said, “As
part of our continuing response, today I’m announcing nearly $4 million
in new humanitarian assistance. This additional funding will support
emergency shelter, health, water, sanitation, hygiene, and psychosocial
support for people affected by Hurricane Dorian. We’ll also provide
critical logistics and emergency telecommunications to support response
Bahamian Brewery To Rebuild & Restore GB Operations
Freeport GB, The
Bahamas – In 2008 the Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company Limited
(BBB), the brainchild of James “Jimmy” Sands officially opened its doors
on Grand Bahama Island. Its mission, to provide ‘Truly Bahamian’
products that all Bahamians could enjoy and be proud of. In the more
than ten years since, the Brewery has redefined the beer business in The
Bahamas and established itself as an integral part of the Grand Bahama
landscape. Following the passage of Hurricane Dorian however, that
geography is now forever changed. The mega-storm which was rated a
Category 5, blew through Grand Bahama causing immeasurable damage and
destruction. Like scores of homes and residences on the island, The
Brewery did not escape Dorian’s wrath.