SITREP #26

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Treasure Cay Relief

Treasure Cay Relief
SITREP #26
October 4, 2019
1945 EST

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Today is officially one month since the all-clear was given following Hurrican Dorian.

New Fuel Tanker: Rubis recently ran out of fuel, however, a new fuel barge docked again today. They have been having some issues transferring the fuel but expect to get those solved in short order. Once the transfer issues are solved fuel will once again be available for sale at Rubis in Treasure Cay. (Source: Internal communications.)
 
Water and Sewer: We have received word that crews are on the ground working on water and sewer restoration. While there are parts that are needed, the crews will be working diligently to help get services up and running. They have given a 14-day timeline for the potential restoration. (Source: Internal communications.)

PM Visit: Yesterday Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis visited Treasure Cay. During his brief visit, he stopped by to check out relief efforts and operations at Corbett Clinic. (Source: Internal communications.) 


Amazon Wishlist: We recently set-up an Amazon Wishlist with items that have been requested by those on the ground in Treasure Cay. The response has been overwhelming so far! New items are being added on a daily basis, so please check the list often if you can. These items get shipped directly to our volunteer Mo’s house where coordination of getting the supplies on a boat or a flight to TC occurs on a regular basis. If you can help, please visit the wishlist at https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/dl/ls/1JJY7PQ1UZVFU?ref_=pe_2567880_289637080_wl_cl_ll_vl.
 
People-To-People: Earlier this week we launched a new initiative to help connect people who need help to those who can provide help. So far, the response has been impressive. We have had offers of housing, volunteering on the ground, and even an aircraft to help continue providing assistance. We’ve also had a couple of folks reach out seeking assistance. In order to make this a success, we need your help.
 
Please visit www.treasurecaycommunity.com/people-to-people to let us know how you can help today. If you know of those who need help, please send them over to the website so they can plug in their information. As you can see, any assistance provided, big or small, is still very much needed.
 
As a note, we are using the boundaries of the North Abaco Rebuilding Initiative (NARI) to determine where we will be able to provide aid. The boundary is from and including Coopers Town in the north and including all Bahamian communities, businesses, and homeowners to the south, up to and including Leisure Lee. While we would love to be able to assist everyone in need, we have limited resources and must focus on this area.
 
Boats and Vehicles: While clean-up is underway, many boats and vehicles are still needed at this time. Vehicles are being used to transport people and aid from TCB into Treasure Cay, move aid out to other communities, and other important tasks. Boats are needed to help provide clean-up of the harbor as well as security at night. If you’ve donated already, thank you for your generous contribution. If you have a boat or a vehicle that you think is in reasonably good shape to donate, please let us know at hello@treasurecayinfo.com.
 
Curfew Considered: Yesterday Prime Minister Minnis visited Marsh Harbour to discuss relief efforts. While there, he told the Nassau Guardian that he is not happy about the security situation on the ground. He wants up to 150 more officers on the ground, however, it is unclear where the officers will come from unless they are pressed into duty from retirement. Their job would be to, according to the PM, assist with security. In addition, he discussed implementing a curfew for all of Abaco. You can read more at https://thenassauguardian.com/2019/10/04/govt-to-consider-curfew-for-abaco/?fbclid=IwAR0Dfrc0E-NJtuizMSLRDDa5B73GPzYuCbBJCEO4AYXsSGkCAtwrOXIXnHU.
 
Treasure Sands Club: Here’s a good, hopeful message from the folks at the Treasure Sands Club, including one about the opening of their new pizza shop just outside of the Treasure Cay gates.
 
In the wake of the wrath of Dorian, we remain focused and diligent in our efforts to clean up our affected properties and begin to rebuild.
 
As we have mentioned through social media, all of our staff is safe and moving forward with great strength and enthusiasm. Some of our staff have even secured jobs and have enrolled their children in school. 
 
Others remain or have returned to Abaco to begin the clean-up and repairs of their personal homes and properties. The resilient approach to a new and brighter beginning is alive and well in Abaco.
 
Many of our friends and guests have reached out to inquire as to how they can be of assistance. Initially, we had no plans of creating a fundraiser but now realize that in order to meet the increasing needs of our staff, the need for staff housing and the logistical demands of this project, any and all assistance would be greatly appreciated. 
 
Currently, we are working through the insurance process, awaiting the release of hold on foreign work permits, assessing the need for building supplies, contracting with local Bahamian contractors, continually employing 6 of our maintenance staff for clean-up efforts and assisting other staff in securing new job opportunities as we begin the rebuild phase. Our Managing Director, Josh, is making frequent visits in effort to achieve maximum efficiency during this process.
 
Our plan is to start by opening our newly constructed project, Sunset Pizza first, with a tentative opening in February. This immediate action will continue to bring great hope. With the project sitting just outside the gates of Treasure Cay, on the main road, visible to all, we feel this energy will promote more of the same. Our intent is to establish a beacon of hope with this new opening. A place where everyone can step away from the physical aftermath, meet, mingle and share their ideas and excitement for a better brighter future in Treasure Cay.
 
Meanwhile, we will begin restoration and renovation efforts at Treasure Sands Club and the iconic "Pink Dock," loved by so many as a visual representation of the "good times."
 
We appreciate all the love and support that we have received and look forward to seeing you all 2gether with us once again.
 
Meanwhile, we are all 2gether in spirit as we conquer this challenge.
 
Teamwork makes the dream work!!

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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