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Bahamas Facebook Group page assists thousands during and after Hurricane Matthew
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Oct 21, 2016 - 1:05:07 PM

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Above is the initial image posted by our news team at the onset of Hurricane Matthew...

Facebook users, get in on topical conversation as it relates to The Bahamas on our Group Facebook page, "Bahamas News and Events (BNE)."

Since the onset of news that Hurricane Matthew would be visiting The Bahamas, our very active group Facebook page started to mushroom with people seeing information about hurricane shelters, school notices, etc.

The fact that our news team is international, we were able to update the BNE Facebook page during the storm, while the power was out in The Bahamas. This was critical to those in The Bahamas clinging to their cell phones for information, as well as for worried family / friends living abroad who were surfing social media for any updates.

As the hurricane moved through the Bahamas the "Bahamas News and Events" page became a key portal for people sharing their experiences, and even putting out emergency information and calls for help.

Matthew has gone, but within hours people were in even more need for information on property, friends and family that may have been affected, in particular in Grand Bahama. Now, days and even weeks after Matthew, the page is still being used to disseminate, share and discuss key information on relief efforts.

Here's some feedback:

- For people like myself and my husband who had until a year ago been residents of Freeport for 25 years and for my husband an employee there...your posts were a lifeline to enable us to try to envisage what was happening. We went through Francis and Jeanne and were made homeless ...good friends took us in then and shared their home with us.  We feel for the devastation and damage which impacts everyone.

- You have helped me deal with so much hurricane Matthew related worry, stress and pain with the information you have provided through this page. Until I found B N&E page I felt LOST and STARVED for information!! I was not sleeping, not eating and basically making myself crazy with worry so please...THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!!

- You were a beacon of light to those who had none. A job well done.

-  I personally want to say thank you for keeping us informed while this devastating storm was doing so much damage...we have a son, daughter in law and a beautiful grandson plus lots of good friends on Grand Bahama...we lived there for thirteen years ... we are now back in our home state of Texas... this was and still is extremely stressful for us ....the communication has been sporadic to almost none with our son...they are okay but like so many others are having a difficult time getting back to some kind of normalcy... I appreciate your reporting very much ...

The page's search engine allows people to put in key words, like names or islands or apartments to fine important information.

Feel free to join the group page - see the link below.

Hosted by The Bahamas Weekly News Team, and highlighting top stories and events impacting The Bahamas .

A place to discuss the issues and stories of the day...and now helping you find information about your property, family or friends.

Check us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1455960181305551

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