In an effort to expedite and improve the overall aid distribution
on Grand Bahama, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in
Grand Bahama has requested additional resources from the U.S. Coast
Guard and the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian
Affairs (OCHA) to support logistics, warehouse management and
Residents of Grand Bahama were told the announcement and signing of a
Heads of Agreement between the government of The Bahamas and Carnival
Cruises will be held in the near future.
Minister of State
for Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson announced on Monday,
September 16, during a press conference at the C.A. Smith Building that,
following the Memorial Service and National Day of Prayer on Wednesday
for the victims of Hurricane Dorian, the significant step will take
Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A.
Campbell said Tuesday that the services, assistance and programmes
offered by the Ministry, through its various Departments and Divisions,
have been operating “business as usual” -- even while staff continue to
play leading roles in the relief efforts in the aftermath of the monster
Minister Campbell said this includes social services personnel who themselves were adversely affected by the hurricane...
Coast Guard cutters and aircraft conducting urgent search and rescue
operations in support of the Government of the Bahamas response to
Hurricane Dorian have been redeployed to their home stations.
the response efforts shift to long term recovery, Coast Guard Incident
Management Assistance Teams continue to work with the Bahamas National
Emergency Management Agency, and Coast Guard crews and resources are
available as needed.
To date, Coast Guard crews have completed
the following in their response efforts in support of the Bahamas since
the Hurricane Dorian response began...
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has been at the center
of the Bahamian government’s emergency response management efforts,
leading a coalition of local and international governmental and
During the initial stages of the
emergency response, NEMA and its partners worked diligently to get
resources to the people in the places that needed them most. As the
efforts now transition from the immediate response stage to the recovery
stage, security and rebuilding have played an increasingly important
role in the work of NEMA and its partners, the Royal Bahamas Police
Force and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force...
It was not the usual Thursday or Sunday distribution, instead it was on a
Monday and Wednesday when volunteers from the Bahamas Feeding Network
(BFN) loaded up their vans and transported piping hot meals to the
Ranfurly Homes for Children and the Fox Hill Community Center
respectively. They were answering the call to assist persons evacuated
from Abaco and Grand Bahama because of Hurricane Dorian’s devastating
impact of the northern islands.
“When we got word that children
from the Grand Bahama Children’s Home were being welcomed at the
Ranfurly Homes for Children in Nassau, we immediately made contact with
them to determine what their needs were and how the Bahamas Feeding
Network could help,” said Philip Smith, executive director of BFN...
A more efficient system to deal with the influx and distribution of the
much-needed hurricane relief supplies is in place, along with many
volunteers and organizations to better assist the affected residents of
Grand Bahama and surrounding cays following the passing of Hurricane
Dorian, said newly-appointed Coordinator for NEMA Grand Bahama, Senator
the Hon. Katherine Forbes-Smith during a live press conference at NEMA
headquarters in the C.A. Smith Building on Monday...
A scavenger hunt, march and rally, Jesus in the Park event, medal
presentation ceremony and youth band encounter are among the events
planned to observe National Youth Month 2019 in The Bahamas.
Hon. Lanisha Rolle, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, officially
launched National Youth Month, celebrated in October, at a press
conference on Monday; and she appealed to all Bahamians to get involved
in the myriad events set aside to hear the voices of young people and
showcase their talents...
Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Duane Sands said on the island of
Abaco, clinics in Marsh Harbour, Fox Town, Moore’s Island and Sandy
Point are all operational -- in Category 5 Hurricane Dorian’s aftermath
-- and are being staffed by local nurses, relief healthcare workers from
New Providence and volunteer teams.
“Cooper’s Town Clinic is
partially operational due to sustained roof damage; currently this
clinic is being staffed by a volunteer team,” the Health Minister
explained during a press conference at his office, Monday, September 16,
Sea Shepherd volunteers have been on the ground in Freeport, Crown
Haven, Little Abaco, and Sweetings Cay conducting
Operation Good Pirates of the Caribbean, providing aid to areas hardest
hit by Hurricane Dorian. The marine conservation organization's patrol
vessel, the M/V John Paul DeJoria, has been granted a 30-day permit to
distribute aid to remote areas of the country affected by the storm.
In addition to relief supplies, Sea Shepherd is also carrying supplies
of dog and cat food for the many homeless dogs and cats on the islands.
Sea Shepherd is collaborating with Global Empowerment Mission, Blue Tide
Marine, Fly Tropic Air, Bethanny Frankel's Bstrong initiative, as well
as Global Medic, a Canadian non-profit which focuses on bringing access
to clean water technology to areas affect
"Hurricane Dorian battered the north-western Bahamas inclusive of
Abaco, Grand Bahama and the surrounding cays for approximately 68 hours
with the eye-wall remaining over Grand Bahama for almost 30 hours. In
total, approximately 68,592 persons experienced this unfortunate act of
nature. In the aftermath of the storm there has been major damages to
critical infrastructures such as airports, clinics, hospitals, shelters,
roads, and bridges.
Even more devastating has been the loss and/or destruction of
personal property and lives. The storm has truly made history in weather
related phenomenon, but also on the lives of every Bahamian..."
The National Emergency Management Agency, the governmental organization
which leads the coalition of local, international governmental and
nongovernmental partners assisting with the Hurricane Dorian emergency
response management efforts, recently shared the operation’s progress
from Immediate Response, the first phase to Recovery, the second phase.
Recovery phase, which includes additional search and rescue operations,
is coordinated by NEMA with Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force and its international civil-military partners. The
transition to this phase occurs once most urgent, on-the-ground needs
such as food and water have been met and there is no longer an immediate
threat to peoples’ lives...
Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis today accepted a donation
of medical supplies from the Premier of the Cayman Islands, the Hon.
Alden McLaughlin. The presentation took place at the Office of the Prime
Premier McLaughlin, on behalf of his country, offered his sympathy and goodwill to the people of The Bahamas.
have had this experience with Hurricane Ivan – not as bad as Hurricane
Dorian – and if there is any way that we can continue to help, please
let us know,” the Premier told Prime Minister Minnis...
Present were: Captain Stephen Russell, Director, NEMA
Carl Smith, NEMA Spokesperson...
STATEMENT: Carl Smith, NEMA Spokesperson
Good Morning Bahamas.
the past two weeks, our country has been through a traumatic experience
dealing with the impact of the second strongest hurricane ever recorded
in the Atlantic and the strongest hurricane ever recorded in The
A National Oil Spill Contingency Advisory Committee (NOSCAC) convened
September 16, 2019 to provide oversight and direction of NEMA's
initiatives to manage an oil spill that occurred at Equinor storage and
transshipment terminal, South Riding Point, Grand Bahama, during
Hurricane Dorian. The event has necessitated international assistance
from the United States Coast Guard with a view to addressing concomitant
environmental concerns for the terrestrial and marine environs where
the spillage occurred...