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Bahamas Hurricane Shelter List for the 2016 Storm Season
By National Emergency Management Agency
Oct 6, 2016 - 10:10:52 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has released the official list of Hurricane Shelters for The Bahamas 2016 storm season. ( A revised List is at the base of this article *attached

NEMA has implemented an emergency warning system to better prepare and inform the public about a disaster about to impact the country.

NEMA follows Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which provide instructions for activation and the operations of the NEOC, amongst other things. Level I deals with monitoring the system and its projected path, which is 60 hours out. Operations Officer will monitor the progress and keep the Director of NEMA informed. Also, a green flag would be hoisted outside NEMA's office to indicate this level.

Level II or partial activation, which NEMA implemented Thursday, means that the situation has escalated into a real threat to the islands or areas in the projected path 48 hours out. The situation escalates into a real threat such as storm warning, flash flood warning, etc. A yellow flag is hoisted to indicate this.  During this phase, a watch is issued which means that the storm is 48 hours or two days out.  Residents are advised to take the necessary precautions -- to protect themselves and their properties.

Level III will see an orange flag hoisted, which means emergency conditions exist for example, flash flooding or tornadoes. Also, the NEOC will be activated and utilize the necessary personnel.

And at Level IV, a red flag would be hoisted which means full activation. The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas will be advised to address the nation on the potential destruction the system would cause.

By this time, residents should be in a wait and see mode and should have already made all preparations for landfall. Such preparations include securing personal documents and seeking designated approved shelters in the event an evacuation order was previously issued. This means the system is 36 hours out.

The ESF groups are made up of personnel from essential services such as health, police force, defence force, water, electricity, communications, shelter management, and other related areas.

Flags should be prominently flown at various points around the country, namely at Nassau Harbour, the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA), Family Islands Administrators' offices on the islands, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Base at Coral Harbour and other strategic locations easily noticeable by the public. The flags would be issued to the respective places for easy access and hoisted during emergency situations.

The flags and colours are in keeping with international standards of emergency procedures and protocols.



North Abaco District

Amy Roberts Primary School  -  Green Turtle Cay
Faith Walk Church of God (Community Centre)   -  Cooper’s Town
Fox Town Primary  -   Fox Town
Grand Cay All Age School   -  Grand Cay
Shiloh Baptist Church  -   Grand Cay
South Abaco District
Soul Seeking Ministry                     -        Moore’s Island
Moore’s Island All Age School          -        Moore’s Island
Sandy Point Community Centre       -        Earnest Dean Highway
Crossing Rocks Primary                  -        Crossing Rocks
Assemblies of God Church              -        Cherokee Sound

Central Abaco District

Central Abaco Primary School          -        Dundas Town
Abaco Central High School              -        Murphy Town
Man-O-War Public School               -        Man-O-War Cay
Guana Cay All Age School               -        Guana Cay
Hope Town Primary School              -        Hope Town

Nurse’s Residence in N. Acklins     - (for residents of Lovely & Chester's Bay)
Snug Corner Primary School            -        (residents of Central Acklins)
Spring Point Community Centre      -        (Central Acklins Residents)
The Ebenezer Baptist Church           -        (residents of Salina Point)


North Andros District
Nicholls Town Primary School   -  Nicholls Town
Church of Christ    - Nicholls Town
Church of God of Prophecy  -        Conch Sound
Pleasant View Assemblies of God    -        South Mastic Point
First Baptist Church -        San Andros
B. A. Newton Primary  -        Red Bays
Administration Building    -      Nicholls Town                    
(Command Centre)

Central Andros District

Church of God                                -        Cargill Creek
Pentecostal Church                        -        Bowen Sound
Catholic Church                              -        Fresh Creek
Miracle Revival International          -        Calabash Bay
Mt. Sinai Baptist Church                 -        Calabash Bay
Mt. Ethel Baptist Church                -        Love Hill
New Highway Pentecostal Church   -        Blanket Sound

South Andros District

Deep Creek Primary                        -        Deep Creek
High Rock Primary School               -        The Bluff
Long Bay Cays Preschool                 -        Long Bay Cay
St. Paul’s Baptist Church                -        Black Point

Mangrove Cay
Mangrove Cay High School              -        Swains
Burnt Rock Primary                         -        Burnt Rock


Church of God of Prophecy              -        Great Harbour Cay



Mt. Zion Baptist Social Hall          
Gateway Academy Gym                  
Transformation Biaspora (Haitian Community)
Old Bimini Clinic
BUB Hall


Cat Cay

Residents in Cat Cay would be evacuated to North Bimini in the event of a hurricane.


Ezekiel Thompson Hall                    -        Cabbage Hill
Church of God of Prophecy              -        Cripple Hill
Deleveaux’s Residence                   -        Major’s Cay


Collie’s Duplex                               -        Albert Town
Command Centre &
Additional Shelter                           -        Cabbage Hill


St. Andrews Anglican Church
Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
Zion Baptist Church                                                                   
St. Marks Anglican Church
Seventh-Day Adventist Church
Lovely Zion Baptist Church  


North Eleuthera District
Purplemae Restaurant
Trinity City of Praise Centre
Mission Church of God
Peoples Haitian Baptist Church
John Wesley Methodist Church

Harbour Island
Lighthouse Church of God

South Eleuthera District

Rock Sound Primary School
Green Castle Primary School
Wemyss Bight Primary School
Deep Creek Middle School
Bannerman Town & John Miller’s Community Library

Current Island & Spanish Wells

The Current Community Centre
Zion Methodist Church

Central Eleuthera

The Resource Centre
The Salvation Army
Church of the Nazarene
Governor’s Harbour Primary School
St. Mark’s Native Baptist Church
Cambridge Villas


St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church        -        Williams Town
St. Peter’s Union Baptist Church              -        Forbes Hill
St. Matthew’s Baptist Church                   -        Ferry
Mt. Carmel Baptist Church                       -        Hartswell/Rolle Town
St. Andrew’s Community Centre               -        George Town
St. Theresa’s Catholic Centre                   -        George Town            
College of the Bahamas                          
Resource Centre                                  -        George Town
Mt. Hermon Baptist Church                     -        Mt. Thompson
Palestine Baptist Church                         -        Forest
Ebenezer Baptist Church                          -        Farmer’s Hill
St. Margaret’s Anglican Church                -        Harts
Ebenezer Baptist Church                          -        Rolleville
Mt. Sinai Union Baptist Church                -        Stuart Manor
St. Margaret Baptist Church                     -        Stuart Manor
Ebenezer Baptist Church                          -        Barraterre


Black Point – The  Airport Terminal Building
Staniel Cay - Mt Olive Baptist Church
Farmer’s Cay - St Mary's


Zion Baptist Church
St. Michael’s Methodist Church
St. Phillips Community Centre

Long Island

Seymour’s Gospel Chapel
Highway Church of God
St. Joseph’s Anglican Church
First Assemblies of God
Senior’s Recreational Centre
Community Centre
St. John’s Anglican Church Hall
Holy Cross Anglican Church
Holy Family Anglican Church
The Church of the Ascension


Abraham’s Bay High School
Pirates Well Primary School

Ragged Island

Administration Building

San Salvador

Idell Jones Community Hall  -  Cockburn Town                                                                          
Fellowship in Christ Kingdom Ministries  - Cockburn Town
Johnathan Knowles
Gerace Research Center  -  United Estates
Rennard & Janet Storr

Rum Cay                                              

St. Christopher Anglican Church  -   Port Nelson   



The Cancer Association   -  East Atlantic Drive & Norma Headly Way
Foster B. Pestina Center  - Pioneers Way & Rhodes Lane
Christ the King  Church of Christ Fellowship Hall   -  East Beach Drive & Sunset Highway
St. Georges High School Gym   -   Sunset Highway
First Baptist Church Hall -   Columbus Drive&  Nansen Avenue
Central Church of God   -  Pioneers Way East & Coral Road
Sir Jack Hayward High School Gym  - Wildcat Avenue & Pioneers Way East
Maurice Moore Primary School  -  Sandcome & Torcross Roads

West Grand Bahama

Eight Mile Rock Gymnasium                     -        Eight Mile Rock


New Dimensions Ministries   -        Joe Farrington Road
Epiphany Anglican Church      -        Prince Charles Drive
Epworth Hall/Ebenezer Methodist   -  Shirley Street
Holy Cross Anglican Church   -    Highbury Park off Soldier Road
Kemp Road Ministries            -        Kemp Road
Pilgrim Baptist Church           -        St. James Road
Salvation Army                       -        Mackey Street
St. Mary’s Hall/St. Augustine College  -  Bernard Road
Agape Full Gospel Baptist Church -  Kennedy Subdivision
Golden Gates World Outreach -      Carmichael Road
New Bethlehem Baptist   -        Independence Drive                    
Southwest Cathedral Church -    Carmichael Road
Church of God of Prophecy  -    Augusta & Patton Streets
Ebenezer Mission Baptist -        St. Charles Vincent Street
Salvation Army   -        Meadow Street
Church of God of Prophecy     -        East Street
St. Barnabas Anglican Parish  -        Wulff & Blue Hill Roads
Mt. Moriah Baptist Church     -        Farrington Road
Church of God of Prophecy     -        Gambier Village
New Providence Community Centre  -        Blake Road
Calvary Haitian Baptist  -    West Avenue
Hillview Seventh Day Adventist  -  Tonique Williams Darling Hwy
All Saints on Calvary Hill Anglican  -   Joan’s Heights
St. John’s Native Baptist  -        Meeting Street

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