SITREP #21

Treasure Cay Relief

SITREP #21
SEPTEMBER 25, 2019
1815 EST
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Food Pantry: Situations are quickly starting to improve with Chris Roach on the ground. This morning he reported back that plans are in place to move the functional food pantry for the Treasure Cay area to St. Simons on the Sea Church just outside of the front gate to better manage and to provide easier access for surrounding communities. (Source: Internal communications.)
 
World Central Kitchen: From World Central Kitchen on Instagram (www.instagram.com/wckitchen):

wckitchen It's been just over 3 weeks since WCK began serving meals to those affected by Hurricane Dorian. Now, from 3 kitchens on 3 different islands, we have served 500,000 meals to evacuee shelters, churches, a hospital & Into neighborhoods, and we're still cooking. #ChefsForBahamas

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Fuel Situation: Good news on the fuel situation today. As pictured below, the fuel barge that left Nassau yesterday has arrived. This does not mean that fuel is readily available. There is still much work to be done on rebuilding the dock, securing the fuel, and other necessary steps that need to be taken before the supply is able to be put to full use. However, this is a good step in the right direction. We will continue updating information on fuel as it becomes available. (Source: Internal communications.)

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Returning to Treasure Cay: Many people are working on the ground and behind the scenes to ensure that a healthy, vibrant community will once again be in place in the not so distant future. This is hard, laborious work that takes a great amount of energy and resources, both of which are in short supply at this point. There is no doubt that Treasure Cay and the surrounding areas will eventually be restored to their former glory, for residents and second homeowners.
 
At this time, we are still discouraging people from visiting the area to check on their homes. Progress is being made on a daily basis to improve conditions on the ground. But the reality of the situation is that shelter is in short supply, fuel is limited, ground transportation is unavailable at the airport, and supplies are only available for first responders and those who live and work in Treasure Cay full time. Local needs must come first.
 
The support, love, and donations that have been received and continue to come in are very much appreciated and needed. Without your support, this recovery would not be where it stands today. Thank you so much for what you have done, what you are doing, and what you will continue to do in the future. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at hello@treasurecayinfo.com.
 
Evaluating Homes Risks: A new issue regarding the structural integrity of buildings still standing in Treasure Cay has begun to surface. During a hurricane the forces that are at play on structures is astounding. As we’ve seen in countless images, roofs have been ripped off and many other structures have turned into nothing more than large piles of debris. For those buildings that remain standing, the risk remains that they are no longer structurally sound due to the forces of hurricane winds, varying degrees of air pressure fluctuations, and the rolling of waves during a storm surge against a building. This can cause shifting on foundations or the loosening of supporting structures inside the buildings. There have been professional engineers and insurance adjusters on the ground in Treasure Cay looking for these types of issues with structures that are still standing. For many, simply reroofing may not be an option. Homeowners are urged to refrain from entering their buildings due to this situation. If you choose to enter Treasure Cay and inspect property, you will be doing so at your own risk, as your safety and the structural integrity of your building cannot be guaranteed. (Source: Internal communications and http://www.hurricanescience.org/society/impacts/homeownerperspective/)
 

Donation Information:
Many have asked for ways to donate to rescue, relief, 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 donating by check and 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)
 
Abaco Insurance Claims:
A letter from Abaco Insurance can be found at https://www.treasurecaycommunity.com/press explaining the current claims process and how to file a claim.
 
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

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.

Matt Kennicott