Hurricane Joaquin Relief Effort, Part 3

12144942_10153527815179961_4222400213852652531_nPlease donate to the Hurricane Joaquin Relief Effort via our crowdfunding page on YouCaring.com, or the following bank account following the instructions below:

Scotiabank Bahamas
Name: Hurricane Joaquin Relief Effort
Transit: 03465
Account No.: 170944

All Funds to be sent is US currency (wire instructions for other currencies can be provided on request)

Intermediary/ Correspondent Bank:
Swift: CHASUS33
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK
NEW YORK, NY, 1166 AVE OF THE AMERICAS 10036-2708
ABA: 021000021

Beneficiary Bank:
Scotiabank Bahamas Ltd
Nassau, Bahamas
SWIFT: NOSCBSNS
A/C # 001042940

Beneficiary Customer Information
Hurricane Joaquin Relief Effort
A/C # 170944
TRANSIT # 03465


12141519_10153527497544961_2421510531277806403_n

The day’s resume: Today we were able to fly a successful reconnaissance flight around the islands of Acklins, Long Island, Crooked Island, Long Cay, San Salvador and Rum Cay. This flight lasted 7 hours and allowed us to asses the needs of each area based on observed damages and in working with the Director of Civil Aviation we were able to provide the necessary information which lead to the opening of Stella Maris Airport. We have established a base in Exuma where the majority of flight operations will shift to tomorrow allowing us to rapidly serve more locations. We have continue to get an outpouring of support from the community. We would like to thank all of your for your support without which none of this would be possible. As of 8pm tonight, we have 21 flights scheduled for tomorrow to provide relief to all of the open airports and are utilizing a seaplane to reach flooded areas. There are numerous different efforts running at the moment to help the citizens. I cannot stress it enough that we are a group that is not politically affiliated or aligned with only one island, we are here to help the entire Bahamas to the best of our ability. While flying over the islands today it was shocking to witness the damage that was created by a single storm, however it was equally uplifting to see Bahamians on the ground coming together and working, before any supplies reached to rebuild their communities. Tomorrow along with Florida Air Cargo and Tropix Air Ltd we will be utilizing Odyssey Aviation Bahamas’s Exuma location to act as a forward operating base, making our operation more efficient and making your donations last longer enabling us to do more flights in less time.

19:15 Update: Minister Khaalis Rolle just advised that relief goods may be brought in to the country duty exempt.

18:30 Update: Awaiting return of last aircraft, then it’s time for some shuteye. We will be back at Odyssey at 7 o’clock tomorrow morning.

17:20 Update: Our seaplane has returned from Long Island. Pilot was able to land and distribute relief items. Waiting to hear a situation report.

17:10 Update: The volunteers and organisers of the Hurricane Joaquin Relief Effort are kindly asking that you please do NOT call our cell phones to inquire about loved ones on the affected islands. We understand that you’re anxious, but clogging up our phones impedes our work. When we hear from the residents in the South, we will relay their messages to you via our social media presence. Thank you.

16:00 Update: A Cessna Caravan has departed for Exuma to begin the establishment of a distribution hub, which will allow planes to carry less fuel – and thus more cargo.

13:30 Update: A Cessna Caravan Amphibian has departed Nassau with a cargo of relief goods destined for Long Island. We are hoping to be able to do several more flights with seaplanes before sunset.

12:20 Update: Our plane has been able to refuel in Exuma. Landing on Long Island is not possible yet. The crew is continuing to assess other islands.

11:50 Update: We need volunteers and drivers to help us transport relief items from Soldier Road to the airport. (Also, some refreshments for our volunteers would be much appreciated, they’re sweating in the hot sun.)

11:30 am Update on the Update: Thanks to Commonwealth Brewery and Darville Packaging, our box crisis has been resolved for the time being.

11:10 am Update: Another kind of item our team needs… empty cardboard boxes. Think beer case kinda size.

10:50 am Update: Civil Aviation just confirmed that all airports on the affected islands are closed until further notice. NEMA and U.S. Coast Guard crew are at Nassau airport.

9:53 am Update: The container has arrived.


Trans Island Airways' Cessna 402Trans Island Airways’ Cessna 402 departed from Nassau’s international airport at 8:30 am to fly over the southern Bahamas for an aerial assessment of the damage and the airport conditions on those islands. We expect the plane to return around 12:30 pm.

Then we will be in a better position to know which airports can be flown in to to receive relief items.

Aquapure, Caribbean Bottling Co. and Chelsea’s Choice have pledged substantial donations of drinking water. We therefore do not anticipate needing more bottled water at this time.

A container from Four Seasons Crane & Equipment Rental and Just In Time Trucking to receive in-kind donations is scheduled to arrive at Odyssey Aviation (southern end of Lynden Pindling International Airport, on the Coral Harbour Road) at 10:00 am. Priority items needed include: First Aid kits, non-perishables, heavy-duty gloves, baby formula, diapers, batteries, flashlights, tarps, yard bags, toilet paper, paper towels, matches, dry pet food, feminine products.

Collection points in New Providence are Seahorse Institute on Soldier Road for the East, and Odyssey Aviation on the Coral Harbour Road for the West. Until 3:00 pm today, you can also drop donations at the Auto Mall location on Shirley Street next to the Embassy of the Republic of Haiti.

We are also asking for financial contributions. We have pilots offering their time and the use of their aircraft, but we need to cover fuel and facility fees. If you can donate, please do so via YouCaring.com.

Advertisements

4 responses to “Hurricane Joaquin Relief Effort, Part 3

  1. Island Imports will make their warehouse in fort lauderdale available for anyone in the USA wanting to donate to the relief cause. I am also in contact with our air freight cargo operator to donate their time and aircraft

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s