Dominica takes action to assist Bahamas in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Dorian

The Government of Dominica has announced a course of action to assist the Government and people of The Bahamas which has been battered by Hurricane Dorian since Sunday, September 1, 2019. The slow moving hurricane continues to cause widespread damage to The Bahamas with reports of severe flooding, destruction of property and loss of life.

-The Government of Dominica stands resolute in its support for the Government and people of The Bahamas  and calls on every Dominican to offer prayers and compassion during this time of crisis.

-In this regard, Acting Prime Minister Hon. Reginald Austrie has announced the following actions and decisions that have been taken in an effort to immediately assist the Government and people of the Bahamas.

-The Government of Dominica will make an initial contribution of US one hundred thousand dollars (US$100,000.00) to the Government of the Bahamas.

-A Commonwealth of the Bahamas Disaster Relief Account has been established at the National Bank of Dominica. The account number is 115004385. Individuals and others desirous of making a monetary contribution to the Bahamas should make deposits to this account. It must be noted that due to logistical challenges, cash donations are most appropriate at this time.

-The deployment of fifteen (15) police officers (headed by an Inspector of Police) from the Common wealth of Dominica Police Force. The officers have been identified and are on standby to be deployed as required. The movement of the officers will be facilitated  by the Regional Security System.

-Eight (8) fire officers have been selected to assist in the recovery process.

-A team of six (6) from the Dominica Water and Sewerage Company (DOWASCO) with the skills and experience will assist in the immediate restoration of the water supply system.

-The Ministry of Health and Social Services will be providing a total of twenty (20) health professionals to assist in the provision of health services.

-DOMLEC is in contact with the Grand Bahama Power Company and is committed to deploying a team as required.

-DIGICEL is supporting ALIV in the Bahamas with free calls between the Turks & Caicos Islands and the Bahamas. DIGICEL is also ready to supply a technical team to restore the network and to assists in distributing information on recovery efforts.

-The collective membership of the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce has committed support when the Rapid Needs Assessment report becomes available.

-The Dominica Red Cross is on standby to deploy a subset of its trained volunteers to assist Government’s interventions when necessary.

-The Government of Dominica commits and offers to assist in the provision of school spaces to be determined by the number of Bahamian students in need of such.

From our experience with Hurricane Maria in 2017, we know that it will be a long and challenging road to recovery in the Bahamas. We encourage all Dominicans to continue to lift up the Government and people of the Bahamas in their prayers and encourage the donor community to be proactive in responding to their needs.” – Acting Prime Minister Hon. Reginald Austrie.

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12 Comments

  1. Mary
    September 4, 2019

    We can’t take care of our own but we can take care of others. Don’t get me wrong , we have to help them , but what about helping our very own people first .

    • Peace
      September 4, 2019

      Wow! Did you not see the magnitude of the destruction in The Bahamas? How stupid and heartless are you. Dominica benefited from assistance from all over the world after Maria just two years ago and you want to say that?
      I hope the DNO administrator would take down this post so that the rest of the world will not think we are all are cold blooded as you are, Mary.

  2. Nick coipel
    September 3, 2019

    Are they sending capable persons to assist in the rebuilding homes in the Bahamas?

  3. Andrew W. Hartley
    September 3, 2019

    As a Dominican and Caribbean person, I call on the UWP to cease meaningless protests and baseless accusations of generating dirty money directed at the government and people of Dominica, at a time when the government and people of Dominica are offering financial assistance of the people of hurricane-struck Bahamas.

    We wouldn’t want the people of the Bahamas to feel guilty that Dominica is giving them blood money, dirty money, terrorist money, as the UWP has been treasonously claiming for years now

    • Some ppl bold wii
      September 4, 2019

      Mr. Andrew W. Hartley. You will not prevent us from speaking about what is affecting us. The Bahamian people need our help and we are helping them. Period. Our issues with Skerrit and DLP have nothing to do with them. Now, are you going to help us ask Skerrit for our money? Or, are you just going to wait over there until we get it, to come for your share?

    • September 4, 2019

      Facts are facts and when the rubber hits the road it burns maybe you have something to hide but don’t believe the people of the Bahamas a foolish as you think, they are very smart, yes they are in a predicament and need all the help they can get and to hear that the Govt will be helping it’s good news, but that haven got to do with what is happening in Dominica at the moment regardless where the monies are we also need help from Govrt so stop your nonsense for no one is asking you to leave your party, all we are asking ” where is the money” so go and do some research for yourself and stop the lip singing.

  4. Way the money?
    September 3, 2019

    Good idea but sadly only a handful of Dominicans are able to make any financial deposits at this time. So I call on people like Savarin, Skerrit, Reggie, Blackmore, Blanchard, Justina, Dr. Darroux, Tongue, Daniel,
    Ian, Roselyn, Mcyntire brothers, Anthony Astaphan, Lawrence brothers, Nathan, Carbon, Christian, Sam Raphael, Karressah, Gretta, Zampolli, and other foreigners to all make a substantial deposit from our CBI passport sale on our behalf. The rest of us are damn broke and all we have to contribute is our prayers.

    • September 4, 2019

      Why are you selecting who make donation cant you read the article said those of you who can you don’t speak for Dominican unless you are speaking for UWP.
      and if you are so broke go find a job unless you don’t want to work until UWP
      win when that will be I don’t know as broke as I am I already make my small donation speak for yourself.

      • September 4, 2019

        Have you ever heard the saying some shall eat but no all shall eat so it’s nice you could make you donation, but I question why is it so difficult for you to understand the fact maybe you should stop listen to the deal makers and listen to the children and young persons of the Island they a very smart and can analyse the facts, because going to the red clinic or getting hand outs are not jobs. And where are the jobs when the contracts are given to outside companies and agents who bring in there own people using our own monies and Dominicans don’t get hired is that what you mean please check yourself again.

  5. Sylvester Cadette
    September 3, 2019

    I am very proud of the Dominican effort.
    We continue to pray for Bahamas
    I ‘m soon to be deployed with Telecoms Equipment.

  6. Vee
    September 3, 2019

    Thanks to the Dominica Government. In solidarity with the people of the Bahamas, we should stop inducing our political biases and keep them in prayers. Stop politicking.

  7. healing
    September 3, 2019

    Bahamas 🇧🇸. Nothing we can do now will rewind or undo this tragedy. What we aspire to do, is make your recovery a bit easier. You are always in our thoughts and prayers. I think we understand the feeling of hopelessness right now, but I promise you, THIS TOO SHALL PASS.

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