Florida-based Bahamian association still assisting Hurricane Dorian victims over a year later

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — The National Association of The Bahamas, Florida, (NAB) recently donated 176 laptops, 480 school bags and miscellaneous school supplies to the children of Abaco more than a year after the massive category 5 Hurricane Dorian barreled through the island, flattening it and leaving scores dead and thousands devastated. The recent contribution […]

UNDP and UWI post-disaster Bahamas Resilient Recovery Policy endorsed by Cabinet

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government is moving to review and adopt a Bahamas Resilient Recovery Policy following recommendations from a United Nations Development Program (NDP) and University and the West Indies (UWI) policy study. The draft policy outlines a strategy and implementation plan on post-disaster recovery planning after Hurricane Dorian, as well as recommendations on […]

Hurricane Dorian EIAs being used to implement environmental recovery strategies in Grand Bahama and Abaco

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A series of environmental impact assessments (EIA) conducted in Grand Bahama and Abaco in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian are being used as baseline guides to tackle the restoration of environmental damage discovered. Director of the Department of Environmental Planning and Protection Rochelle Newbold said among those studies, officials looked at the forestry impact, […]

Govt. still assisting some Dorian storm evacuees

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Acting Director of Social Services Lillian Quant-Forbes said while all Hurricane Dorian shelters have closed, the government continues to assist storm victims with food, rent and other assistance. In the aftermath of the deadly storm, which ravaged Abaco and most of Grand Bahama, the government activated several shelters across the country, housing more […]

DRA: MOFA pursuing seven govts. for Dorian pledges

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government is still waiting to receive funds and services pledged from worldwide governments and institutions during the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Hurricane Dorian Private Sector Pledging Conference earlier this year. During a press conference with members of the media yesterday, Bahamas Disaster Reconstruction Authority Director Katherine Forbes-Smith explained that while […]

DRA records an influx in registrants for Dorian home repair program

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – An influx of registrants to the government’s Dorian Small Home Repair Programme has led to a delay of residents receiving supplies and vendors being paid, according to Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction Iram Lewis yesterday. “There was an influx,” Lewis told reporters outside Cabinet. “We expected x amount. Everyone […]

Experts warn Category 5 hurricane surge would cover most of New Providence

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Seventy-percent of New Providence would be covered by storm surge flooding if a Category 5 hurricane were to hit the island,  Scott Kuykendall from Pacific Disaster Center revealed yesterday. Kuykendall made the revelation during a presentation at the Bahamas Strong Alliance’s webinar series, commemorating the first anniversary of Hurricane Dorian. Yesterday’s discussion […]

Abaconians: Where’s the urgency?

More issues than COVID-19 Mounting concerns over food security and Hurricane Season 2020 NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Residents on Abaco said they feel neglected eight months after Hurricane Dorian, with food security among the greatest challenges on the island and the mounting threat of hurricane season less than a month away. In the months following the deadly […]

IOM study: Abaco shelters were unprepared for Hurricane Dorian

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The shelters on Abaco during the passage of Hurricane Dorian received “significantly less support” than those on Grand Bahama, according to the preliminary findings of a recent assessment led by the International Organization of Migration (IOM). The report titled, Assessment of Preparedness of Emergency Shelters on Grand Bahama and The Abaco Islands […]

Dorian National Service of Remembrance postponed

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Disaster Reconstruction Authority (DRA) has announced that it will further postpone of the National Service of Remembrance for victims lost during the passage of Hurricane Dorian last year, due to the nationwide coronavirus. The memorial service was planned for March 28, 2020 in Dundas Town, Abaco. However, according to the DRA, […]

Dorian burials delayed before COVID-19

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – As the government anticipates another delay of the burials of unclaimed Dorian victims due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), some Abaco residents insist it’s six months too late. Earlier this month, officials indicated that a national service would be held to bury the remains of 50 Hurricane Dorian victims still […]