Government has pledged $100,000 towards hurricane relief in The Bahamas following the country’s recent destruction due to Hurricane Dorian.
Announcing the donation on Friday, Premier Fahie also said roughly five dozen local emergency professionals and service workers have are planning to visit The Bahamas to further assist.
He said: “Some 60 skilled persons such as heavy equipment operators, nurses, doctors, emergency medical technicians, carpenters and infrastructure specialists have indicated their willingness to travel to The Bahamas to put their God-given talents and professional expertise to use in the Hurricane Dorian response and recovery efforts.”
“I wish to thank these persons from the bottom of my heart. You all make me proud of this territory and its people,” Fahie added.
In the meantime, the Premier said his government has already met with a number of non-governmental organizations along with the Financial Secretary, Permanent Secretaries and heads of key response agencies to “establish a plan for the coordination of relief for the people of The Bahamas”.
“The Department of Disaster Management will continue to provide the necessary updates on the operations taking place on the ground in the Bahamas coordinate the relief support from the BVI on behalf of the government. I urge you to reach out to them for any assistance or information you might need,” Fahie said.
He further stressed on the importance of monetary donations to the hurricane-ravaged country at this time.
How to donate
He also advised persons to donate either to the official Bahamas Hurricane Relief Fund or to any registered local non-profit organisation.
“For those generous individuals and groups who would like to contribute monetarily to the relief efforts, I would urge you to give either through the many registered BVI non-profit organisations who are authorized to raise funds for these purposes and which have counterparts on the ground in The Bahamas such as Rotary, the Red Cross, ADRA, or VISAR; or else directly to the Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund at the RBC Royal Bank (Bahamas) Limited,” the Premier stated.
Fahie also addressed those persons who may want to donate relief supplies as opposed to money.
He said items such as water, food or equipment are acceptable and said donations of clothing or medication are not recommended.
Those individuals are asked to contact The Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling or texting (242) 341-0127, or coordinate non-perishable donations through the Lions Club.
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