Currently standing flood water persists on Abaco and almost half of Grand Bahama. NEMA - the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency - conducted port site surveys. It has been determined that both ports will shortly be operational. The airports on both islands are still largely under water from the estimated 20ft storm surge. Relief goods are being shipped to Nassau for distribution to the islands as soon as possible.
At this time, there are a number of grass roots efforts under way for collection of needed articles but the Bahamian government is asking that all donations are distributed through established relief organisations. Doing so will allow for duty-free status and the supplies can be distributed where they are most needed.
Several established relief organizations include:
It is suggested to make financial contributions to allow the professionals to manage needs purchasing and distribution
The ocean carrier directly serving Freeport and Abaco from South Florida is Tropical Shipping https://www.tropical.com/
Kestrel Liner Agencies has been involved in a number of disaster relief and recovery initiatives stretching back to the Haiti earthquake where we were the first cargo agent
to bring in an NGO charter vessel to the country which operated for 18 voyages.
Please feel free to reach out to our offices for further information or advice
Below is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Post-Hurricane Dorian Immediate Assistance Supplies List