The U.S. Mission to The Bahamas is assisting victims of Hurricane Dorian in Abaco, in The Bahamas. The U.S. Coast Guard has launched search and rescue operations.  U.S. Coast Guard helicopters are evacuating injured persons from the Marsh Harbour clinic to Nassau for urgent care.  As of 4:30 pm on September 2, these helicopters have air lifted 12 persons out of Abaco.

The U.S. government is also working with Bahamian counterparts to begin coordinating broader relief efforts. The U.S. government will be providing overflight support to collect imagery of critical infrastructure to provide to the Bahamian government to assist in its response efforts.  Relief agencies will move quickly to assess the affected areas for humanitarian needs as soon as the weather permits.

On behalf of the U.S. Mission, Chargé d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers has said “as always, the top priority of the U.S. Embassy in Nassau is the safety and security of U.S. citizens.  As of now, we have no reports of Americans injured.  As for our disaster response efforts, our top priority is search and rescue for all of those affected in Abaco and Grand Bahama.  U.S. Coast Guard helicopters are currently evacuating injured out of Marsh Harbour.  We are simultaneously working with Bahamian authorities to launch humanitarian relief efforts as soon as it safe to do so.”

U.S. Embassy Assistance to U.S. Citizens

The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit at the U.S. Embassy is in communication with local authorities, hotels, and shelters to keep track of any requests for assistance from U.S. citizens in The Bahamas.

Since before Dorian made landfall, The U.S. Embassy has been providing emergency messages, contact information for local authorities, locations of shelters, and other information to U.S. citizens both directly and via social media.

The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit is fielding calls from U.S. citizens in the affected areas who are requesting assistance. We have not yet received any reports of injured U.S. citizens in Dorian’s wake.

Attachment: Full List of Supplies Requested by NEMA

1. Tents (100 x 20 to 30 man tents)

2. Cots (1,000)

3. Hygiene kits (1,000)

4. Water bladders (10 x 2,500 gallon bladders)

5. Water containers ( 2,000 x 3 gallon bottles)

6. Portable generators (30 x 15-25kw generators)

7. Chain saws (18)

8. Plastic tarpaulin (1,000 rolls)

9. Debris removal tools (500 each x shovels, rakes, axes, wheel barrows)

10. Portable single-burner stoves (500)

11. Portable outdoor lamps (24 sets)

12. Water purification kits (12)

For more information, contact PAO Daniel Durazo at +1 (242) 376 1599