SITREP #11

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Treasure Cay Relief

SITREP #11
SEPTEMBER 15, 2019
1830 EST
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It has come to our attention that food and water supplies are incredibly limited at Treasure Cay. Fuel supplies are almost non-existent. There are no emergency medical services to assist those who sustain injuries. Security on the ground is still in a state of constant flux and the safety of those who are there cannot be guaranteed. For these reasons, it is strongly advised that homeowners and others please do not enter Treasure Cay at this point. Having more people in the area will put additional strain on existing resources. Relief efforts are underway, but until a plan is put in place and action occurs on the plan, those who are on the ground must be largely self-sustaining and should realize that the situation is not one that is sustainable. If you have any questions, please email us at hello@treasurecayinfo.com. We will keep you posted as this situation develops.
 
A team is looking to get on the ground in order to begin restoration work at the marina. The plan is to locate a team of 6 in suitable dwellings for at least 10 days to start. They will likely be working to get the fuel terminal back into basic operational mode in order to begin fuel delivery. The team will have supplies and equipment, potable water, a few items for human dwelling, a generator for the marina, and dispensers to replace the damaged and lost ones. (Source: Internal communications.)
 
The Bahamian government estimates that approximately 4,500 people have fled to Nassau in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. The missing person registry also has 1,500 people currently on the list, which is down from 2,500 just a few days ago. In spite of what they’re facing, many Bahamians, and especially Haitians out of fear, are staying put where they are rather than going to Nassau. Read the full story from the Miami Herald at https://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article235043772.html. Also, take a look at this quick video to see more about the Haitians still living at the Sandbanks settlement near Treasure Cay: https://www.facebook.com/biminitimes/videos/2226229084291922/.
 
This excerpt comes from a Facebook post by Michael Meldeau: “Simultaneously, we are learning that the shelters in Nassau are now exceeding their capacity. The island capital is not equipped to handle the demands that mass evacuees are placing on housing, schools, medical facilities, and other communities resources. What is most concerning is the current evidence provided by photographers and relief workers on the ground suggesting Abaco, in its current state, is virtually uninhabitable. Regardless, given the burden placed on surrounding communities, rapid restoration of the larger communities of Marsh Harbor and Treasure Cay are now of the utmost importance. The government made clear this week that these evacuees will have to eventually return to their communities to assist with continuation of the rebuilding efforts. With that, we encourage all relief aid and donations going forward to be focused heavily on the rebuilding efforts in Abaco.” You can read the rest at https://www.facebook.com/groups/52257991478/permalink/10156366538476479/.
 
This story comes to us from rock star volunteer Sarah Ferguson. GlobalMedic is a registered Canadian charity, and whose mandate is to save lives by providing short-term, rapid response in the wake of disasters and crisis, both at home and abroad. - water, medical, shelter and search & rescue. Founder, Rahul Sing is pictured here with two TC lovers, Kathy Lloyd and Jane Watson who are preparing Family Emergency Kits for the Bahamas. Each kit will provide a water purification solution as well as hygiene supplies such as soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, helping keep people clean and healthy after a disaster. Volunteers will be filling buckets, packing hygiene items and assembling the Family Emergency Kits. Note: Sarah’s mom helped with the organization earlier in the week.

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(Source: https://www.facebook.com/500159430/posts/10157491187094431?sfns=mo)
 
How to Donate:
Many have asked for ways to donate to rescue, relieve, and recovery efforts for Treasure Cay. The Treasure Cay Community Foundation (TCCF) has a GoFundMe effort running. Those who wish to give can visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/dorian-relief-effort-bahamas-abaco-islands in order to donate. Instructions on how to wire donations are included on the website at www.treasurecaycommunity.com/donate-1.
 
The Treasure Cay Community Foundation (TCCF) has established a donor-advised fund through Canada Gives to facilitate Canadians who wish to support the humanitarian relief effort in this region.  For more information and to donate, please visit https://tccfcanada.ca/. (Source: David Lloyd)
 
NOTE: Information in these situational reports have been obtained from various sources, especially on the ground and through media. We have done our best to vet and confirm these reports, but as is the case in any massive natural disaster, it is difficult to confirm everything to be 100% accurate. If we make an error, we will work to correct it as soon as accurately possible. We will list sources as they are available. If you feel something has been reported in error, please email us at hello@treasurecayinfo.com.
 
Important Websites:
Dorian People Search - https://dorianpeoplesearch.com/
Bahamas NEMA - https://www.bahamas.gov.bs/nema
US Embassy in the Bahamas - https://bs.usembassy.gov/
US Coast Guard - https://www.uscg.mil/
 
Important Social Media Accounts:
Bahamas NEMA
            Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NEMA242/
            Twitter: https://twitter.com/nemabahamas
US Embassy in the Bahamas
            Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/USEmbassyNassau/
            Twitter: https://twitter.com/USEmbassyNassau
            Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/usembassynassau/
US Coast Guard
            Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UScoastguard/
            Twitter: https://twitter.com/USCG
            Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uscg/
Hurricane Dorian Relief for Treasure Cay, Abaco
            Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1226666880852119/
 
Important Hashtags to Follow:
#dorian #hurricanedorian #treasurecay #abacos #abacostrong #bahamas #bahamasstrong #hurricanerelief #dorianrelief

Matt Kennicott