Treasure Cay Relief
October 7, 2019
BPL On The Ground: We received word today that BPL is on the ground with a fresh set of poles. They arrived today at Spanky’s just outside of Treasure Cay with three full flatbeds. While this is a positive development, it’s important to keep in mind that current power generation happens south of Marsh Harbour, about 45 miles away, so this is not a quick fix. But it is positive progress when it is much needed.
NARI Work Starting: The North Abaco Rebuilding Initiative (NARI) has started work in the Treasure Cay area. For a refresher on the initiative, visit our post at https://www.treasurecaycommunity.com/blog/the-north-abaco-rebuilding-initiative. Pictured below, crews have begun clearing debris from around homes in the area. (Source: Internal communications.)
Recovery Taking Place: We recently received a message that Bill Rainen breathed life back into a lawnmower at Atlantis. Abacky was able to put it to good use cutting the grass, doing his part for the recovery efforts. Keeping the grass short helps eliminate another potential hiding area for bugs.
Amazon Wishlist: The response to the Amazon Wishlist has been astounding! Many items have been received so far and to date, about 2,000lbs of relief supplies have been delivered to Treasure Cay. Your generosity is overwhelming! Thank you!
More items are needed, especially tools like chainsaws. If you cannot contribute directly yourself, maybe you know someone who can? Or, if you belong to a school group, church group, civic organization, or something similar, perhaps you would be interested in hosting a fundraiser to purchase some of the larger dollar items? We would appreciate the help and know that those on the ground in Treasure Cay would appreciate the support.
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.
Exigency Order: The Bahamian government recently released a set of forms related to the exigency order of September 2nd dealing with the importation of goods into the Bahamas from other locations. The forms can be found at https://www.bahamascustoms.gov.bs/hurricane-dorian-exigency-order-of-september-2-2019/. It is important that these forms be completed by anyone entering with goods prior to their entry. Keep checking back at that page for updates as they become available.
People-To-People: Many people are still looking for assistance outside of the Amazon Wishlist program. If you can offer any kind of assistance ranging from clothing to housing to other types of support, let us know. So far, People-To-People has been busy connecting folks. But more needs to be done.
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.
Message from Steve Finken: We just returned from TC to try and salvage anything we could. It’s still very hot there. We were only going for the day. Honestly, you should have a crew of people lined up before you go to meet you at your place. It’s a true disaster area. We did not think it was safe to try and clear any debris as it’s very heavy and you don’t want anything to fall on you. We felt extremely helpless while we were there and basically nothing was salvageable. Everyone’s situation will be a little different but wow it is worse than the pictures show. There are actually a lot of locals there looking for work. Debris that is being removed is being piled up along the street. We will not return until our house is bulldozed off and rebuilt. (Source: Internal communications.)
Haitian Deportations: In a quick reversal of policy, the Bahamian government announced that they will begin acquiring shantytown property on Abaco and deporting Haitians who remain without documentation. Many had work permits prior to Hurricane Dorian, however since the storm may have wiped out their source of employment, the government sees that as the work permits no longer being valid because of the lack of a job. In addition, even though the Treasure Cay dump is currently closed, word has been given that it will be opened to debris collected from sweeping through the shantytowns. For more information on this story, visit the Nassau Guardian at https://thenassauguardian.com/2019/10/07/tear-it-down/.
Operation 300 Update: Over the weekend, Operation 300 posted an update to their Facebook page. They have served as a critical first response group and a lifeline for those impacted in Abaco during the storm, having boots on the ground since just after the storm cleared. You can view their post at https://www.facebook.com/Operation300/posts/2875311642497200.
As of Friday, October 4th, 2019 Operation 300 is no longer accepting donated goods.
Since Wednesday, September 4th, volunteers have collected, sorted, boxed, palletized, shrink-wrapped, and shipped over 1.5 million pounds of targeted relief items to our neighbors in the Bahamas.
With your help, we brought relief to Fox Town, Marsh Harbour, Freeport, Grand Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Hopetown, Man-O-War, Scotland Cay, Treasure Cay, and West End by way of private and commercial aircraft, barges, and boats.
Our team has focused on the Abaco Islands, setting up —and operating ou of—a base camp in Treasure Cay for the past three weeks.
In that time we have established a reputation of trustworthiness and excellence, creating strong and lasting relationships with the islanders as well as local government officials.
Working together we have been able to clean up, set up, and backfill multiple points of distribution across the islands.
Your incredible generosity has quite literally sustained life on those islands for the past month. We are happy to let you know that many locals have been able to return to their islands, taking over the roles of distributors, one to another.
Our teams have restored multiple churches and homes that can now be used by locals for worship, habitation, and man camps as they begin to rebuild their lives.
We will continue working together with the residents of these islands by way of volunteer teams and coordination with their local charities and other organizations.
Monetary donations are still welcomed and needed to sustain our volunteer efforts and ensure delivery of supplies. Operation 300 has set up a dedicated account to receive tax deductible funds and 100% of these funds will go to aid the people of the Bahamas.
God bless each of you for the role you’ve played in this gigantic undertaking. What an extraordinary thing we’ve gotten to do together!
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.
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:
US Embassy in the Bahamas
US Coast Guard
Hurricane Dorian Relief for Treasure Cay, Abaco
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 email@example.com.