Disaster Relief - Bahamas - Hurricane Dorian 2019

Disaster Relief - Bahamas - Hurricane Dorian 2019

Disaster Relief - Bahamas - Hurricane Dorian 2019

Hurricane Dorian – The Bahamas

K1 DIRECT, a team of 13 volunteer members from St. Maarten & Curacao were deployed to assist with relief and aid in The Bahamas. The islands of Abaco and Grand Bahamas were devastated by Hurricane Dorian in September 2019.  K1 DIRECT St. Maarten and Curacao have collaborated with various organizations and initiatives on ground to provide aid and assistance.

The team’s relief efforts took place within three main areas of data collection, shelter assessment and distribution management. In Nassau, the team worked with HeadKnowles, a local disaster relief foundation, and other private entities to assist with the registration of evacuees from Abaco and Freeport into Nassau, and to assist with providing information for accommodation, additional supplies, and medical support.

In Nassau, K1 DIRECT attended various EOC (Emergency Operations Center) partner meetings and lead the process of assessing properties that could be potential short to long term shelters, due to emergency shelters becoming over capacity. K1 worked closely with IOM United Nations (The International Organization for Migration), UKAID, USAID, Rotary International, American Red Cross, Bahamas Resolve, persons of The Bahamas private sector to investigate suitable properties.

In Freeport, Grand Bahama, the group worked closely with various ESFs and NEMA (National Emergency Management Agency) to help manage the distribution process of government supplies to the most affected neighborhoods in Grand Bahama, as well as warehouse set up and management. K1 DIRECT worked alongside volunteers from Public Treasury, Urban Renewal Grand Bahama, Team Rubicon, Royal Bahamas Defence Force, US Coast Guard, and others.

As Grand Bahama was one of the most affected islands, everybody that the team had worked with has suffered loss of loved ones. The team also provided trauma counseling and took the time to comfort and encourage those who lives that been affected by tragedy.