THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED CONTINUALLY THROUGHOUT THE DAY. PLEASE KEEP CHECKING BACK TO FOLLOW OUR PROGRESS AIDING COMMUNITIES IN THE SOUTHERN BAHAMAS IN THEIR RECOVERY FROM HURRICANE JOAQUIN.
9:20 pm: An update from TIA President and CEO Paul F. Aranha: “Our efforts to provide airlift and coordination to all agencies and associations and individuals committed to help our Bahamas get back on its feet are paying off. Our cargo delivery has skyrocketed thanks to our partners at Florida Air Cargo and IBC Airways, we have now delivered over 100,000 lbs. of water, food, medical supplies and more. All of our numbers are growing exponentially with over 360 volunteers, 86 people evacuated and 235 hours flown. Today we flew additional RBDF Marines into Long Island along with the first team from CDEMA headed by Ret. Gen. Earl Arthurs from the Belize Army who will establish additional distribution and assist with getting the island on its Feet. We have now assisted in deploying RBDF Marines into Four of the Five Islands impacted by the Storm. We have additional DC-3 Flights lined up throughout the week to deliver another 35,000 lbs. of supplies in the next 48 hours. By Friday our total cargo delivered will surpass 180,000 lbs. nearly 36 lbs. of cargo for every 1 person hit by the storm.”
9:15 pm: Special shoutouts today go to Lowe’s Wholesale Drug Agencies for their donation of medical supplies & cleaning materials, Thompson Trading for their donation of ready-to-go pallets of mixed relief items, and Chef Kevin Culmer, who provided lunch for our volunteers – delicious Tropical Gyros.
5:15 pm: Items needed at Odyssey for tomorrow’s airlift operations: canned protein (think corned beef, tuna, and the like). And water. Always water.
5:10 pm: Last plane for the day just departed. We are getting items ready for early departures tomorrow.
4:00 pm: Just got confirmation that the last airport in the area affected by Hurricane Joaquin, Deadman’s Cay, Long Island, has reopened.
3:30 pm: Northern Long Island (reaching south as far as approximately Whymms) has power restored.
3:25 pm: Northern Long Island and San Salvador have cell phone service restored.
2:05 pm: Water, water, water. We need to get more water to the affected islands, and our supply is running low. Please bring water out to Odyssey Aviation.
2:00 pm: Shout out to Nassau Paper Company for their kind donation of two cases of Ziploc bags.
9:55 am: One plane standing by at PBI Atlantic in West Palm Beach. Loading.
9:50 am: Banyan Air Service is sending a Piper Cheyenne from Fort Lauderdale Executive to the southern Bahamas.
7:00 am: Crews back working at Odyssey, loading planes. Reports from busy activity all over Nassau harbour. Mailboats and private vessels pitching in, carrying goods and bulk and heavier equipment to aid in the relief effort for the southern Bahamas.