The U.S. Mission to The Bahamas is working together with the Government of The Bahamas and the Bahamian people to respond in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The U.S. Government provided The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands with satellite imagery to aid in recovery, and relief efforts. The information gained from the imagery has been helpful in directing resources to those most in need.
One day after Hurricane Irma devastated the southern islands of The Bahamas, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded the Bahamas Red Cross $100,000 to be used to purchase: potable water, debit cards, cleaning supplies, mosquito bands and repellant, mattresses, bedding, towels, sheets, shipping boxes, garbage bags, pallet wrap, sealing tape, and other necessary supplies. The USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) also chartered a flight to carry NEMA supplies on September 12 went to Great Inagua, Crooked, and Acklins Islands.
In addition, on September 15, U.S. Chargé d’ Affaires Lisa Johnson along with USAID/OFDA handed over relief supplies valuing over $166,000 to NEMA. Royal Bahamas Defense Force (RBDF) Marines supported the handover of the supplies, which included 300 rolls of plastic sheeting, 1,000 hygiene kits, 1,020 kitchen kits, 2,400 collapsible water containers, and 1,500 blankets. The RBDF will deliver these relief supplies to the affected southern islands as well as to Grand Bahama and Bimini.
The U.S. Mission will continue to work collaboratively with the Government of The Bahamas in support of its efforts to bring relief to those severely impacted by Hurricane Irma.