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Dec 4, 2019

Hurricane Dorian Response - Impact Report

Members of TR Canada deployed in the Bahamas
Members of TR Canada deployed in the Bahamas

With your support the Team Rubicon network was able to mount a rapid response to provide humanitarian assistance to the survivors of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas and then, critically, remain in the Islands for the weeks following the disaster to assist in the recovery efforts in the aftermath of the storms.

 

On Sunday 1st September, Hurricane Dorian made landfall over northwest Bahamas near Elbow Cay in the Abaco Islands as a Category 5 hurricane, the strongest hurricane in the Bahamas’ history. Maximum sustained winds of 295 km/h were recorded. Dorian continued moving slowly westward over Grand Bahama at approximately 1 mph, practically stalling over the island. As of 5:00pm EST, on 3rd September, Dorian finally cleared Grand Bahama on route to the eastern Florida coast.

 

More than 76,000 people were reported affected and in need of immediate humanitarian relief and as at 11 October, the official death toll in the Bahamas was at 61. The response to Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas was led by the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), supported by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), with Emergency Operations Centres (EOC) established in Nassau, Grand Bahamas and Abaco Islands, Bahamas.

Teams from Team Rubicon consisting of international volunteers and specialists from TR UK, TR Canada and TR Norway deployed to the islands and joined up with medical teams already deployed from TR USA.

The initial mission was To provide last mile logistic support on the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco in order to assist NEMA and other national and international disaster management agencies in order to provide life-saving aid to those affected by Hurricane Dorian. Follow on waves of volunteers joined the TR USA led recovery efforts.

Impact

TR advance teams arrived in the Bahamas on 4 September 2019 within hours of Hurricane Dorian’s passing and deployed 26 Greyshirts (17 veterans, 3 blue light services, 6 specialist civilians) over the next 32 days, working across 3 islands – New Providence, Abaco and Grand BahamaTRUK collectively, continuously assessed the needs of more than 30 affected communities, feeding this information back to the EOCs. They directly benefited 3,792 people most in need through the provision of over 142.3 tonnes of life saving aid, broken down into the categories of Food (47.3 tonnes), Water (42 tonnes), Shelter (8.4 tonnes) and Non Food Items (44.6 tonnes). The Teams from TR Canada completed 4000 hours of work orders as part of the recovery operation.

 

On Abaco our teams re-established power to critical infrastructure including the Government building complex, Central Abaco Primary School (key distribution centre for central and north Abaco) and Coopers Town Clinic (sole medical centre in northern Abaco). TR, alongside a partner NGO, were also able to conduct municipal water quality testing on Abaco and install/repair generators, conduct debris removal, erect tent shelters and fit tarpaulins to key municipal buildings, schools, churches, police stations, medical clinics, an airport as well as worst affected homes across both islands.

 

Earlier this month our final teams departed the islands – grateful to have been able to help the communities worst affected by Hurricane Dorian and we continue to monitor the region and develop plans for follow up work. None of this would have been possible without the generous support of our donors and partners.

Sep 17, 2019

TR Network responds to Hurricane Dorian

SUPPORTING RELIEF EFFORTS IN THE BAHAMAS FOLLOWING HURRICANE DORIAN

On Sunday 1st September Hurricane Dorian made landfall over northwest Bahamas near Elbow Cay in the Abaco Islands as a Category 5 hurricane, the strongest hurricane in Bahamas’ history. Maximum sustained winds of 295 km/h were recorded. Tens of thousands of people remain in need of aid. Dorian equalled the highest winds ever recorded for a hurricane at landfall when it struck the Abaco Islands.

Current reporting estimates over 50 fatalities in the Bahamas and according to the World Food Programme (WFP), more than 76,000 people were affected and are in need of immediate humanitarian relief.

 Team Rubicon Network Responds

The international response is being led by the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), supported by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has been set up in Nassau, Bahamas.

 Volunteers and staff of the Team Rubicon network have deployed to provide last mile logistic support on the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco in order to assist NEMA and other national and international disaster management agencies in order to provide life-saving aid to those affected by Hurricane Dorian.

Most recently members of TR UK on the island of Aboco team members spent their days loading and trucking donated supplies from the Treasure Cay airport into the center of the Treasure Cay community and from the port of Marsh Harbour into the community of Cooperstown. Members of TR Canada are deploying this week to assist team mates from the USA already on the ground as part of a huge response effort.

Support to the Operation

Through your kind and generous assistance Team Rubicon Global is providing support to the operation to sustain the efforts of the teams on the ground. Your donations have directly impacted the huge work underway to deliver humanitarian assistance to the survivors of this devastating natural disaster.

Wth thanks and in service,

Team Rubicon Global

Jun 21, 2019

An Update to our Supporters

 

Our major operation to support those survivors of Hurricane Idai in Mozambique has now concluded. As I write we have teams preparing to deploy to the Philippines to delive disaster resilience training to communites most vulnerable to natural disaster. As ever we can only conduct this work with your support and kindness.

Our teams recovered back to the UK in May having spent over 2 months in Mozambique. Team Rubicon was able to deliver over 300 tons of humanitarian aid reaching over 175,000 benificiaries affected by the Hurricane Idai.

Our teams were on the ground within 48hrs of the hurricane making landfall in March and worked witihn the UN Cluster system to deliver the last mile logistics to the most remote communites who had not been reached. 

Attached is a graphic describing the impact the teams had on the ground in Mozambique to assist the communites in the aftermath of the storms. This would not have been possible without your support,

We hope you will continue to support out work in disaster response across the globe in the future
 
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