#Nassau, October 1, 2019 – Bahamas – The management team of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA and members of its Emergency Support Functions groupings will travel to Abaco on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 via Bahamasair flight.
The purpose of this trip is to facilitate the transition of responsibility from NGO partners, who were filling in as representatives in Abaco’s Emergency Operations Centre, to the Government. The decision was taken by NEMA to utilize representatives in its National Emergency Operations Centre on Gladstone Road in the immediate term to provide support to the Abaco EOC.
WATER AND SEWAGE CORPORATION
The Moores Island Reverse Osmosis Plant is operational and water is now being distributed to customers.
Well water was restored to the Marsh Harbour International Airport. Casuarinas well field is now connected to BPL so system now in normal operation.
GRAND BAHAMA: NEMA FOCUSED ON GETTING NEW DISTRIBUTION WAREHOUSE FUNCTIONING
The main thrust and concentration by NEMA is to get the new main distribution centre functioning from Fenestration and Glass Company on Queen’s Highway. All hands are currently on deck to ensure this happens. All Urban Renewal Centres will also be activated. The goal is to have 10 distribution centres open by Tuesday, October 1, 2019.
Hawksbill Distribution Centre as well as the Pineridge Urban Renewal Centre was actively distributing supplies to residents.
NEMA TEAM HEADS TO EAST GRAND BAHAMA
A team, headed by Coordinator Senator Kay Forbes-Smith, headed to East Grand Bahama on Monday, September 30, 2019 to access the progress on debris clean up, and where the residents are in relation to clean up and restoration.
GBPC CONTINUES ENERGIZING
The Grand Bahama Power Company has to date energized 15,500 customers. They are currently awaiting plans from government for East Grand Bahama so they may continue their efforts. There is power to all streets currently.
Power has been restored to the Department of Labour and it is currently waiting clean up. However the department is continuing to register residents for unemployment benefits. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is continuing to assist with shelters as well as distribution of supplies.
THE CLEAN UP OF THE ISLAND CONTINUES
As there have been complaints about fly infestations, which are expected as a result of the debris, the Department of Environmental Health Services is dealing with this matter by doing treatments.
SCHOOLS WILL RE-OPEN SHORTLY
It has been recommended that public schools reopen, and the Ministry of Education should advise shortly as to when this may happen.
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES (DOSS)
Update as of 4pm Monday, September 30, 2019.
· 9 shelters in New Providence with a total of 1,566 shelterees.
· 2 shelters in Grand Bahama with a total of 52 shelterees.
Grand Total is 1,618 shelterees.
Missing Person’s Help Desk Report
· 876 found and 3,481 evacuees registered with DOSS.
· A NEMA team previously travelled to Abaco on Sunday, September 30, 2019 to assist with the turnover of the EOC, and address shelter and mass care concerns.
· The team discovered 62 Haitian Nationals living in Mission Baptist Church, Sand Bank, Treasure Cay Abaco. 40 adult males, 20 adult females, 1 boy (5-years-old) and 1 girl (4-yearsold). They have been at the church since August 28, 2019. They are being supported by international partners (Red Cross, Samaritan’s Purse, World Food Programme and others). The Ministry of Health is providing medical support as well.
· There are no shelters currently open in Abaco. Pastor Herbert Edgecombe from Faith Walk Church of God in Cooper’s Town, Abaco, agreed to use his church as a shelter, as the hall previously used is now a distribution center.
· Central Abaco Primary School, which was previously used as a shelter, is now a distribution center.
· The team visited Abaco Beach Resort to inquire about accommodations. It was reported that due to lack of running water, it was not possible. The team was able to coordinate with Water & Sewerage Corporation in Abaco to address the situation.