We have transported RBDF personnel to various southern islands for distribution. We will be setting up distribution centres on other islands tomorrow. Unless you are infirmed, elderly or immobile, persons must make it to one of the distribution centers below. If other organisations are transporting supplies and would like to stage at our distribution centres, please feel free to do so. Distributions centres for Long Island are as follows:
- St. Theresa’s Church – Gray’s
- St. Athanasius Church – Lower Deadman’s Cay
- N. G. M. Major High School – Buckley’s
- A&M Convenience Store – Mangrove Bush
- Community Centre – Clarence Town
- St. Michael’s Church – Roses
Distribution centres are open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.
We have two DC-3 planes at Odyssey Aviation tomorrow, one going to Long Island and one going to Acklins. This means we can move at least 14,000 lbs. of supplies tomorrow alone. If you could please help us fill them, here’s your shopping list for wholesale packages:
- Feminine Products
- Corned Beef
- Rice – 3lbs
- Boxed Grits
- Sugar – 2lbs
- Scrub Brushes
- Boxed Mac & Cheese
- Instant Noodles
- small Tins of Cream
- Baby Formula
- Baby Food
- Baby Wipes
- Baby Diapers
- Toilet Paper
- Hand Towels
- Mosquito Repellent
- Mosquito Coils
- Hair Brushes
- Sanitizing Wipes
- Laundry Detergent
- Plastic Bottles
- Heavy-Duty Garbage Bags
- Scrub Boards
- D & C Batteries
Today we moved over 15,000 lbs. of supplies from Nassau, evacuated nine more people from Acklins, delivered RBDF Marines into Long Island and Mayaguana, and delivered communication systems to Marines stationed in Crooked Island, Acklins and Stella Maris. Additionally we delivered a much needed drive shaft to Acklins, allowing the only vehicle capable of reaching a remote settlement to be repaired and enter into service tomorrow. Our volunteer group, made up almost entirely of women, made hundreds of mixed goods, baby and medical care packages to be easily distributed in the islands. Our efforts are now running at a cost of nearly $25,000 every day with a total of over $100,000 in expenses incurred so far.
With more and more ships departing to the islands affected by Hurricane Joaquin (the first ones already returning to Nassau, in fact), the situation of a general scarcity of relief items is beginning to improve considerably. Ships, rather than planes, can carry much more cargo much more economically. We therefore request that heavy and bulky items no longer be dropped off at Odyssey Aviation at the airport.
However, our airlift operations will continue to provide the high priority items of which there are still shortages as well as emergency items that cannot get there fast enough by shipm, such as prescription medicines, as this is the true advantage planes offer over boats.
This also means that we are now better able to carry much needed experts as passengers in our planes, such as the team from Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency we carried yesterday. Tomorrow, we will provide airlift to a team of psychologists trained to assist persons suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders; many of the residents on the southern islands suffer from this condition due to their experiences during Hurricane Joaquin.
Today’s high priority items needed at Odyssey Aviation include: canned protein (e.g. corned beef, tuna, etc.), water, and packing/duct tape.