No Request From The Bahamas For Volunteers From Antigua And Barbuda


The National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) has not received any request from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) for volunteers to assist with
relief efforts in the Bahamas following the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian.

Apart from the request prior to the impact for trained individuals to assist with the Rapid Needs Assessment, there has not been any other appeal to Caricom countries so far to send volunteers to assist in any way.

Presently, a team from CDEMA is on the ground working with groups from the United Nations
and other partners to deal with the disaster and to meet the needs of the Bahamian people.
It should be clear that other than CDEMA, NODS is not working with any group here in Antigua and Barbuda or elsewhere or has had any discussions with anyone on providing relief to the Bahamas.

NODS is appealing to individuals wanting to assist residents of the Bahamas to send cash to the Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund set up by the Bahamas government at the RBC Royal Bank
Bahamas Ltd., with the account number 05625 1281013. Individuals can also donate to the Red Cross or collaborate with a Faith-Based Organisation like a church. These monies can be used to purchase items in the capital, Nassau, which was generally unaffected by Hurricane Dorian.

Additionally, any group wishing to send relief items to the Bahamas must ensure that they pay the required shipping costs to do so. NODS Director Philmore Mullin, who was part of the CDEMA-led Rapid Needs Assessment Team (RNAT) (pronounced R-Nat) in the Bahamas, is expected to share his experience with local agencies and partners and further discuss issues coming out of the disaster. Port Manager

Darwin Telemaque was also part of the assessment team in the Bahamas.

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  1. There are about 700 islands that made up The Bahamas.They all combined for a population of about 390,000.There are enough experts to take care of their own crap.They do not need any help from Antigua in terms of personnel assistants.You would need to stay and go over to Barbuda and clean that up after 2 years.Where persons are still living in tents.And going into the bushes to do their business.NODS,what do you stand for?What do you do? Absolutely nothing.

  2. What the hell Telemaque knows about Port emergencies. He can’t even run our own Port which currrently operates as if it has been hit by a CAT 6 hurricane. The man is a disgraced ex employee of Tropical Shipping and Crowley. Give me an asprin.

  3. Perhaps we should just go un-invited and assist with the search and rescue. I mean we all know they need help. Perhaps they are just too overwhelmed to deal with all the protocols. remember in any disaster the first 48 hours are the most urgent ones to provide water and food for the victims. Thereafter most die from dehydration.
    The Bahamas need help. And it seem as if the government is not able to organize it all. They should have not allowed the cruise ship to come and take people to the USA without proper paper, to then to be so humiliated by Trump.

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