September 21, 2019
Rescue Global (RG) have been based at the NEMA (National Emergency Management Agency of the Bahamas) office and the National Training Centre Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in Nassau. The EOC is the central command and control facility responsible for carrying out the principles of emergency preparedness and emergency management at a strategic level, and is where representatives of the responding agencies have been based to coordinate their efforts over the past two weeks since Hurricane Dorian made landfall.
At this point following a disaster of this type, we routinely see many of the immediate relief agencies, both civil and military, beginning to slow their operations and move to make space for the medium to longer-term actors that lay the foundations for reconstruction and eventually, recovery. Some of the complexities of this emergency centre around the extensive and absolute level of damage of parts of Abaco island, as well as the mass evacuation of residents to Nassau.
While our RG Liaison Officers continue to support the response planning with NEMA, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the various response and rebuild agencies, the RG Pathfinders have been working out in the community, assisting with keeping the large numbers of displaced people accounted and provided for in the many shelters around New Providence.
As local transport options between Nassau, Grand Bahama and Abaco remain limited, people continue to need life support. Many are beginning to return home to the damaged islands and agencies here supporting the medium to longer term recovery of the islands continue to require transportation. In support of the Bahamian government and CDEMA (Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency), Rescue Global is working hard to support this movement of people and supplies with additional aircraft alongside local commercial airlines resuming operations.