SITREP #28

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Treasure Cay Relief

Treasure Cay Relief
SITREP #28
October 9, 2019
2353 EST

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Amazon Wishlist: The response to the Amazon Wishlist has been astounding! But 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.
 
Boats and Vehicles: We have put out requests for loaner boats and vehicles over the past few weeks and would like to thank those of you who have helped. We are still in need of land and sea craft at this time to help with security and cleanup.
 
Many vehicles were left in the parking lot at Coco’s in Treasure Cay. We’ve posted photos of many of these vehicles on the website that can be found at https://www.treasurecaycommunity.com/car-gallery. If you know your vehicle is parked here, we would appreciate you lending it to the security and cleanup efforts. Even if you cannot loan it out at this time, we would like to know the location of the keys to many of these vehicles so they can be moved as the resort will be setting up a camp for relief and reconstruction efforts in that area. If you would like to loan out your boat or vehicle and know where the keys might be located, please email us at hello@treasurecayinfo.com.
 
Treasure Cay Resort Layoffs: With nothing left to sustain employment, Treasure Cay Resort has had to lay off most of its staff. As a worst-case scenario, they may not be able to re-employ staff for up to two years. Robert Meister is quoted as saying that every building they have was left in ruins or extensively damaged. Some employees have been reassigned and kept on depending on their skills, such as at the fuel station. He said nobody wants to be in this position and that it will be hard for a long time, but the resort will do their part to make Treasure Cay even stronger. For more on this story you can view it on the Nassau Guardian at https://thenassauguardian.com/2019/10/09/treasure-cay-resort-lays-off-most-employees/.
 
Ground Conditions: We wanted to send a reminder to those homeowners who wish to go into Treasure Cay. Conditions on the ground are still very difficult. If you are going to be flying into TCB, you need to arrange your own ground transportation – no taxi services are available at this point. In addition, you need to be prepared to be self-sustaining while there for the day as resources on the ground are still limited. If you have any questions, please email us at hello@treasurecayinfo.com.
 
Message from Bob Goossens & Alan Hauch: TC homeowners Bob Goossens and Alan Hauch recently spent 13 days on the ground building 4 of Atlantis as their basecamp.
 
Bob and Alan were able to distribute several generators, gas, food, clothing, supplies, tools and cash to many victims of Dorian during their stay in Treasure Cay. They were able to gather personal belonging from the condos of several Atlantis residents upon the request of the owners, as well as take photos of the properties with Bob also taking drone footage to share with other homeowners. They cleared access to units to make it easier for insurance adjusters to enter units. Bob and Alan were able to meet with insurance adjuster Richard Parker, who flew in for the day.
 
When Bob and Alan’s buddy’s boat (Mark Smiley & Joe Belanger) arrived in Treasure Cay, it was loaded with meat, produce, building supplies, tarps, clothes, work boots, shoes, more generators, and other items. Bob, Alan, Mark, and Joe quickly got busy distributing supplies as they knew the weather window to leave the island was open the next day. Thursday morning the four cooked a hot breakfast of bacon and eggs for the locals before they departed back to Florida.
 
Bob continues to correspond with Richard Parker, the insurance adjuster. Bob has shared his drone footage with him as Richard believes it will be helpful. He has also recommended that engineers inspect cases. (Source: Internal communications.)

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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