Operation Compassion Updates Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts to the Bahamas

By , September 5, 2019

During the past two days, Operation Compassion (OC) has busy implementing a plan to help the survivors of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. With the catastrophic nature of the hurricane damage, getting into the devastated areas without interfering with recovery efforts has been daunting.

Currently, OC has been working with the Bahamian Church of God Overseer. He has obtained a government commitment that our shipments will be duty free and protected from confiscation. Initially, This process is approved by submitting Bills of Lading for each container being sent. Eventually, the Bahamian government will issue NEMA certificates which will simplify the shipping approval process.

OC has been in touch with our long term disaster relief partner, Abaco Relief Mission Project who has arranged for container barges to transport relief aid to the Bahamas.  Each barge can carry twenty containers each. Five barges have been scheduled for delivery, 100 containers full of disaster relief products and supplies. In addition, our partners will be using helicopters and planes to shutter product to remote areas of the islands for distribution.

A non-profit partner has offered OC the use of a boat with 45,000 square feet of refrigerated and dry storage for a total of 90,000 square feet of useable warehousing space. This will greatly aid in the logistical support of distributing relief aid. Also, Dennis Harris of the Church of the Highlands Disaster Response Relational Network (OC is a member) has been in contact with us offering their assistance. Other national charities such as Feed the Children are also donating semi-trucks of relief supplies for the Bahamian relief effort.

OC is working on a joint project with Mercy Chefs and Tom Sterbens to provide a barge that will travel from harbor to harbor feeding people in remote areas. David Lorency reached out to Gary LeBlanc of Mercy chefs who is willing to provide a fifty-three foot trailer full of frozen food, a custom cooking unit able to serve 5,000 meals per day and a water purification unit. Tom Sterbens is working to procure the barge, a large fuel tank, a water tank and a travel trailer to house the workers.

The past forty-eight hours has been extremely busy at OC! Financial partners are needed so our relief efforts can continue as long is necessary. It is easy to give online, by phone (debit/credit card), or through the mail. Become a financial partner of Operation Compassion!

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