Hurricane Dorian Response Bulletin #1

The devastation that hurricane Dorian inflicted on Abaco and Grand Bahama demands a response from us all. There will be an urge to act immediately and, unless this is managed and coordinated, such action could complicate the relief effort. Please be guided in your efforts by the following and share the information with clients and associates:

Situation Assessment:

The first post-hurricane aerial survey of the Abacos was done yesterday (Tuesday 3rd.). None has yet been done of Grand Bahama. The first post-hurricane survey of the sea-access conditions will be done by divers today (Wednesday 4th.)

After these surveys have been done and appropriate repair steps taken, the government will issue an “all-clear” permitting access by sea and, where possible air. No attempt should be made to access either island by air or sea before then. 

Meanwhile, there is widespread support for providing relief and various methods have been established to accommodate this. Response will be driven even more strongly by the generous, moving coverage being given by the international media. (This poses different challenges for the industry, which will be addressed in a subsequent bulletin).

What to do:

The national effort is being coordinated by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), which has the advantage of the full support of various arms of the Bahamas government and assisting nations. NEMA bears primary responsibility for coordinating relief efforts in Abaco and Grand Bahama:

Relief efforts in South Florida are being coordinated for the government by the Consul General for The Bahamas (Linda Mackey (305) 373-6295; Lindatreco@bahamas.gov.bs)

Locations to drop off supplies in South Florida:

  • Betty K Agencies, 3611 South River Drive, Miami, FL 33142, (Mon-Fri, 8:00am – 05:00pm)
  • Betty K Agencies, 3701 N.W. South River Drive, Miami, FL 33142 (Mon-Fri 8:00am – 7:00pm; Sun 12 noon – 7:00pm). For details call: 305-635-4650 or 242-322-2142
  • Tropic Ocean Airways, 800 NW 7 Ave Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 (7:00am to 5:00pm)
  • Tropix Shipping,5610 NW 12th Avenue, Suite 203, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
  • Dania Beach City Hall, 100 W Dania Beach Blvd., Dania Beach FL 33004
  • Christ Episcopal Church, 3481 Hibiscus Street, Miami, FL 33133
  • Sands Harbor Resort & Marina, 125 N Riverside Dr., Pompano Beach, FL 33062
  • Yellow Cab . (Attn: Regina McGee or Mike Livesy). 800 NW 7th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, 954-565-8900 or 954-881-2331

Financial contributions can be made on-line: 

Websites:

Wire Transfer Option:

Destination: CHASEU33 (IBK)JP Morgan Chase Bank
New York ABA021000021
Pay to Bank: /001 1 188448
(BBK) ROYCBSNS
RBC Royal Bank (Bahamas) Limited Nassau, Bahamas
Beneficiary: /05165 289-423-6
Bahamas Red Cross Society

Credit Card Option:

Deposit Funds Via Wire (Canadians):

Name of Account Holder: Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund Account
Account number: 1281013
Transit/Branch number: 05625
Bank/Institution number: 003
Bank name: RBC Royal Bank Financial Group
Bank Address: Main Branch – Nassau, 323 Bay Street, P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas
Swift code: ROYCCAT2

From Nassau:

The ABM is arranging for two containers to be positioned at the Bay Street Marina in Nassau. These will be shipped to Abaco and Grand Bahama by Bahamas Ferries when the “all-clear” is given. Meanwhile, members are urged to dig deeply to fill the containers. Items most needed at this time in the disaster areas are: 

Water
Water Filtration Devices
Canned goods
Meals Ready to Eat (MRE’s)
Hygiene Kits
Building Supplies (roofing materials, shingles, tar paper, drip caps, nails, plywood, lumber, etc.)
Plastic Sheeting Rolls/Tarpaulin (various sizes)
Sheet rock
First Aid Kits
Wet Wipes
Large Plastic Trash Bags
Mosquito repellent
Bleach
Chlorine tablets
Non-perishable dry goods
Clean up supplies (mop, bucket, towels & towelettes)
Gloves Monetary donations (see instructions above) 
Blankets
Water Containers
Chain Saws
Generators
Portable Stoves
Butane Canisters
Mattresses (single or double)
Air Mattresses
Pillows
Sheet sets
Household cleaning kits
Pampers
Baby wipes
Baby juice
Baby food
Baby formulaCereal
Lysol
Disinfectant
Flashlights
Note: Please do not send clothing and/or perishable items.