Treasure Cay Relief
SEPTEMBER 8, 2019
This morning is already busy on the mission front. While private aviation flights continue, the United States Air Force will be providing airlift and logistics support. Today, efforts by the Air Force will be focused on evacuation flights. The aircraft available have a large capacity and can airlift a large number of people. In order to make this a success, the number of general aviation aircraft flying in and out of TCB and other airports in the region may be greatly reduced. For the pilots, a new TFR was issued by the FAA and can be found here: https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_9_5109.html. (Sources: https://ops.group/blog/bahamas-relief-operations-summary/?fbclid=IwAR0yF328wxL019Bd5Bk7sIa2gO6TTi7tc-S9RW-Dmea54L-Yx24NVZZiBqE and https://ewnews.com/united-states-steps-up-relief-efforts-in-the-bahamas-u-s-military-providing-airlift-and-logistics-support?fbclid=IwAR0omJpn-dzVpP5XHfjRV4VUWPOtvBqlEKVu4GhukDA-fC94haL1B_XYqFs)
The security situation on the ground in Treasure Cay remains fluid. However, we do have confirmed reports from those inside TC that Bahamian Defense Forces now have boots on the ground inside the gates. They are aggressively checking on who belongs and who does not belong. Those who are not verifiably part of the relief effort are being told to leave immediately. Theresa and Chris Roach recently landed back in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Chris was acting as a coordinator on the ground throughout the first few days of the disaster and did an incredible job of pulling things together. Their assessment is that while there is looting and squatters, overall the situation is fairly secure. (Source: On the ground information.)
Other nations are rallying support into the Bahamas. In addition to the US Air Force, USAID, and US Coast Guard, British forces are spinning up to assist in efforts. In addition, the Dutch Navy has joined relief efforts. In addition, Team Rubicon is on the ground with a Type-1 medical team. For those unfamiliar with Rubicon, they are an NGO that source their talent from military veterans and provide relief to areas impacted by disasters such as Hurricane Dorian. You can learn more by visiting https://teamrubiconusa.org/.
Rumors have been circulating that a quarantine order was put into place by the Bahamian government. These rumors are untrue. According to the Ministry of Health, no quarantine orders have been put in place and as of yet there have been no detected cases of cholera at the moment. (Source: https://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/241692/bahamas-quarantine-cholera-epidemic)
A dedicated processing center for evacuees reaching New Providence has been established at Odyssey Aviation. NEMA, in conjunction with national and international NGOs and private sector volunteers, are set-up and receiving evacuees. Private vessels facilitating evacuations should contact the NEMA Shelter Coordinator, Leonard Cargill to arrange transportation for evacuees to the center. His phone numbers are (242) 823-5413 or (242) 323-1398. (Source: Volunteer vetted and https://reliefweb.int/report/bahamas/notice-accommodation-evacuees-new-providence)
Yesterday, a letter went out from TCPOA to the team from World Central Kitchen thanking them for their work and their efforts in and around Treasure Cay. The letter can be found at https://www.treasurecaycommunity.com/press.
Setphen Kappeler, Treasure Cay Limited manager, who was on the ground in Treasure Cay and helped organize rescue and relief efforts, reports that he has left the area for so much needed and well deserved rest and recovery. He is ok and not injured. He flew safely into Nassau. You can read his post on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157832332706977&set=a.10152975807901977&type=3&theater.
For those of you who may have been wondering, No Name Cay still has pigs (and even a few chickens). They successfully rode out the storm and are safe. There are two men staying on the property and watching over things. As is the case throughout the Abacos, their shelter is severely damaged and they lack supplies, but they are alive and well. (Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1226666880852119/permalink/1231530180365789/)
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 email@example.com.
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
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