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Old 13-09-2019, 12:47   #91
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Adventuress.
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Old 13-09-2019, 13:10   #92
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30 years experience; Project Manager, Superintendent and "hands on" all trades. Will bring owns tools. All I need is a bunk. Also want to help prior to re-construction, scheduling, shipping, material estimates etc.

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From experience not all help is equal.
The most effective long term and short term is the cash one injects directly into the issues on the ground .
This directly stimulate the local economy ,goods and services coming from the outside have a big negative effect .apart from the immediate food water health care.
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Greetings and belated welcome aboard the CF, IanR.
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Old 13-09-2019, 15:57   #95
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Class act....for helping the Bahamas to Recover by hands on clearing and rebuilding.

Also, the Bahamian Govt. put out a notice, that what they also need is for
people to come back to the Bahamas.

The news report said that there are plenty of islands that were not effected,
and those returning to and helping to support the businesses are very
important to the over all recovery.

That help along with assisting in the rebuilding would be a godsend and help
them to get back on their feet again.

After irma, we tried to send money, but the contact emails , etc, were not up and
running . Nothing we tried and would go thru.

The BVI put out the same request for people to sail or do land trips , they wanted us back, and we were able return for two and half weeks of sailing and also staying
ashore. We also added on extra cash to the individuals that we delt with in the
bars, restaurants, dock staff, shops, taxi cabs, etc. office staff at Conch, and
their dock staff as well.

Five stars and good on those who are heading down their to help rebuild.

Good hearts and caring people.

Denny and Erica

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Old 13-09-2019, 15:59   #96
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This is from Michael Albury on Man O War posted on the Abaco Forum:

Dorian, an update from Man O War
Man O War, my island home. Where my great grandfather would have walked along the shore with his grandfather. A shore line that had evolved into what it was 2 weeks ago.

For those of you that have seen pictures of the man of war Harbor it is Clear many of those generational changes have been wiped out.
As many have said it is time for a new beginning.

Why do men do what they do. How does an island, a group of men and women sitting on a rock, in the middle of the sea attract the bountiful love of God and man.
I continue to cry as I am overwhelmed, totally overwhelmed.

The 1st wave of support hit the beaches just days after the hurricane. Our brothers from Spanish Wells and others arrived in full force. Food water diesel gas and heavy equipment and the muscle to know how to use it. Helping to drag us from the rubble and spark us into action. Clearing the roads and making passages to the shoreline. Aiding our own freight company to spring back to life.
Sharing in our tears and giving us words of encouragement. May God bless you.

The 2nd wave hit the island about 3 days ago. Many of you are part of that 2nd wave the giant barge from Fort Pierce. We are still unpacking. Opening containers reminds me of Christmas. Many items that we dream of getting and are extremely useful. Other items make you laugh out loud and get put aside for shipment on to Marsh Harbor and other islands. (Ie. 1000 toothbrushes, or what looks like a million home depot buckets or pallets and pallets of baby diapers (we have one baby on island). Or how about cases of Depends. Could have used them during the storm. Other islands will be screaming for some of these products and they are staged for transportation to them as soon as possible. But then the good stuff the very good stuff, batteries flashlights generators, chainsaws, plywood stripping 2x4, tarpaulins and the list goes on and on, food water fuel and VERY IMPORTANT, equipment. The ability to pick up and move large heavy objects increased the productivity of our work teams tremendously
Items purchased by people who love us and who, with little time, thought desperately about what we could use and absolutely needed. Well just let me say, you did good, so so good.

Before during and after the tsunami waves of help came constant ripples by air from MFI and a hundred others. Much needed medicine and medical supplies. Doctors nurses and emergency response personnel all dropped from the sky, taking out the injured sick and shell shocked as well as mothers with small children the pregnant and elderly. (We are now a stable work force of about 100 men and women, with a revolving number of second homeowners). Much of the airlift arrived as if by magic. I had never commanded a fleet of helicopters before, and never want to do it again.

With your help we are now ok! We have abundant food water medicine health care, tools and some building material. Many more waves will have to hit our shore before we return to the glory days of pre hurricane But I feel I can see them on the horizon, HELP coming from everywhere and everyone. I will update as waves actually hit the shore. (Don't want to spoil the surprise).

Will end first post now. Generator out of fuel, no problem food is cold and sun soon come, time for work. We have much of it to do and we will do it. With Gods help and the help of a loving family (I have a MUCH wider definition than most), we will be better than ever.

From the bottom of our hearts, WE LOVE YOU and God bless us all.
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To all our CF friends.

Many of you know for 12 years we have split our time between Annapolis and Hopetown on Elbow Cay in the Abacos. The first island to be hit by Dorian.

Please check out the info on the "hopetownsailingclub.com" website as so much first person info and pictures have been posted

I would encourage everyone to help out by using the various listed response groups on that site .

Additionally if you are attending the Annapolis Sailboat Show in Annapolis oct 10-14 please come by our Abaco Relief Booth and meet some of the folks who survived this catastrophe and those helping this devastated cruising destination recover.

ABACO STRONG ! BAHAMAS STRONG !
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Just a bit of good news for those who have visited Elbow Cay and Hopetown

The Elbow Reef Lighthouse was lighted last night for the first time since the storm!

This is the Last hand wound, kerosene lighted lighthouse in the world. Can you imagine the pride to see this icon illuminate the dark night !
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Check with official Bahamian Government. I just took a barge to Grand Bahama and was told that Bahamian customs is trying to ensure all relief goods get registered so that recovery supplies can be coordinated
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Check with official Bahamian Government. I just took a barge to Grand Bahama and was told that Bahamian customs is trying to ensure all relief goods get registered so that recovery supplies can be coordinated
Thanks for that info CaptBob. I don't know about others, but I'm only planning on bringing what it will take for us to operate self-sufficiently for several weeks. Our boats are really not good for hauling large amounts of building supplies.
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I've been thinking today about how to help the people affected by Hurricane Dorian. Giving money right now helps get some immediate assistance but afterwards they are going to need some long term help rebuilding.
Check in with operation 300. Sending tons of supplies out to the Bahamas now.
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Check in with operation 300. Sending tons of supplies out to the Bahamas now.
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TREASURE COAST - ABACOS RELIEF PROJECTTreasure Coast - Abacos Relief Project €” Operation 300

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Hello all. Somebody directed me to this thread. My name is Victor Patterson. I am the Chairman of the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Dept. an I am also the Chairman of the Central and South Abaco Branch of the Free National Movement (the governing political party). I have family and friends all over Abaco (including the aforementioned Scott Patterson, currently in St. Petersburg, FL, who responded on behalf of the HPVFR). Let me provide what I hope is some helpful information.
The government has no plans to forcibly evacuate any part of Abaco. They helped any who wished to leave and have done their best to provide aid when they reached the capital, but there has never been any mandatory evacuation order - such a thing does not even exist in Bahamas law. To some extent, the size of the voluntary evacuation was driven by an unfortunate security failure in the wake of the storm, but that is a discussion for a different time and place.
There is no question that Abaco will need voluntary labor in the months ahead. The idea of coming after the hurricane season has passed is very ideal as then the help can be better directed. It is true that there can be complex questions surrounding issues such as if voluntary labor takes jobs from Bahamians but given the scale of what needs to be done, I do not expect this to arise, especially if things are handled with tact and sensitivity. Off the top of my head, I expect the best jobs to deploy volunteer labor on will be repairing and rebuilding structures which would ordinarily rely on such - particularly community buildings like churches and poor people (single mothers and the elderly for example) who would not have the means or the ability to do so themselves.
The best thing is for those who wish to help organize themselves into a database listing skills, when they can arrive, how long they can stay and things like that. It has already been established that you will have to be self-sufficient and Abaco is incredibly dockless at the moment so you'll have to plan to anchor off. I can also make no suggestion that electricity will be flowing anywhere north of Cherokee Sound.
The Marsh Harbour Boatyard is mostly intact and will likely be pumping fuel - they are working on getting that going now, but I do not know if any other gas docks in the north survived or not.
Bless you all for caring and offering to help. We will certainly be able to use you. Please reach out to me and I will do what I can to facilitate things. You can find me on Facebook or you can email greatdarkspot@yahoo.com - I can't always reply right away, but I will do my best to get back to you.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Victor.
Thank you, so much, for offering your guidance and encouragement.
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There are 5 sailboaters in Miami that have the very same idea. Please let me know how we can coordinate with you
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