SITREP #31

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Treasure Cay Relief

SITREP #31
October 16, 2019
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No Fuel: We have received a report that Treasure Cay is once again out of unleaded fuel. They hope the situation will be cleared up soon, so please stand by for updates. As a reminder for those who seek fuel, since it is in short supply, rationing is in place for what fuel is available. (Source: Internal communications.)

UN Calls Out Bahamian Government: The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has called on the Bahamian government to immediately stop deportations to Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. Concern was expressed by the commissioner at a press briefing on October 11th that 112 Haitians had been deported. Initially the government said that all immigration enforcement activities would be suspended for affected islands, however, the policy position was reversed soon thereafter at the end of September. You can read more about this story at https://ewnews.com/39972-2?fbclid=IwAR1xafaleo0goHsHfHmpkRCWSA2ZsKHcPd5pjRD4ppoz5blVYhO9DFeROcY.

Pictured below is a fence that the Bahamian government installed around the ruins of the Sand Banks settlement on Abaco earlier this week, clearly signaling the priorities of the government.

Sand Banks Fence

Samaritan’s Purse to Stay: Good news on the NGO front. Samaritan’s Purse International Relief Organization has agreed to stay in The Bahamas to continue providing services to hurricane-devastated areas for another 6 months while recovery efforts continue. Due to the size and scope of Hurricane Dorian, including the destruction it left in its path, the ability of the government to deliver health services was debilitated.

Samaritan’s Purse has posted job listings online for open positions in The Bahamas. They have stated that the jobs are open to Bahamians as well as those from other places in the world. The government will waive work permit fees for the organization since they are a philanthropic group. You can read the full story at https://ewnews.com/samaritans-purse-to-extend-bahamas-relief-for-six-months.

Abaco Utilities: The Minister of Public works announced on Monday that Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) is planning to create an underground electrical network on Abaco with substations to provide power to the island and surrounding cays. In addition, there are plans in place to created microgrids in other places in cooperation with private sector partners. While more costly, an underground utility network will be more resilient if and when other storms pass through the area. The remainder of the story can be found at https://thenassauguardian.com/2019/10/15/bpl-planning-underground-network-for-abaco.

Pineapple Point: There has been a great deal of activity occurring with many of the condo and homeowner associations in Treasure Cay. Recently Pineapple Point engaged the services of Ceres Environmental Services. Ceres will be providing debris removal at Pineapple Point starting tomorrow morning. (Source: Internal communications.)

Ceres began staging equipment near Treasure Cay on Monday. Below are photos of their staging.

Condo & Homeowner Groups Update: Over the past several weeks since Hurricane Dorian tore apart Treasure Cay, there has been a great deal of cooperation amongst several condo and homeowner groups from the area. Presidents of 8 associations representing 425 homeowners have been working on plans for recovery of their places including debris removal, general cleanup, legal concerns, and other issues that have been arising. A team has nearly completed gutting one set of condos and will be ready to move on to the next very soon. (Source: Internal communications.)

Man Camp Setup: Today a shipment of tents and other goods arrived at the Marsh Harbour Airport and were transported to Treasure Cay in order to set up a man camp. The man camp will be used for those coming in to TC to help with cleanup and recovery efforts. Dan Proctor was able to secure the tents and goods while Dave Meldeau transported the tents from Florida to Marsh Harbour.

Solar Lanterns: Barefoot College International (www.barefootcollege.org) recently purchased 140 solar lanterns for use by people in the Treasure Cay area. The lanterns arrived in Florida early last week and were taken to TC last Friday. The lanterns will be distributed to the neediest families in the area, whether they are Bahamian or Haitian. A big thanks goes out to David Van de Wiel and Barefoot College for this generous donation. You can find out more about their relief work on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/donate/711057946071464/10157566540540903/.

Amazon Wishlist: The Amazon Wishlist is still alive and active. Thank you to those of you who have purchased items. They’re still coming in and the list is being updated daily with new items needed by those on the ground. 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 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.

 New Facebook Page: In an effort to further open communications to those outside of Treasure Cay, we have started a new, public Facebook page. This page will continue to be a place where we post updates to what’s happening in Treasure Cay, but as work with the North Abaco Rebuilding Initiative (NARI) progresses, we will need a space to share more about that information. This new, open page will also help provide a more public platform for fundraising efforts as they progress to help continue funding NARI. Please, like and share the page as much as possible. You can find it at www.facebook.com/TreasureCayCommunity.

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.treasurecaycommunity.com/donate-1 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