PQMD Members Respond to Hurricane Dorian’s Destruction in the Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas and Abaco as a Category 5 storm, causing widespread destruction and damage. (Photo courtesy Heart to Heart International)

The Bahamas experienced the hardest hit from Hurricane Dorian as a Category 5, slow moving storm that stayed over Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands for two days. The result is almost complete destruction on the islands. The death toll is feared to be rising as many people are unaccounted for. Search and rescue operations are underway. Hurricane Dorian is currently a Category 2 storm and is moving directly to the Carolinas and Georgia.

PQMD members are responding to the devastation in the Bahamas and possible impact in the United States.

Abbvie, Amgen, Baxter Healthcare Corporation, BD, Boehringer-Ingelheim. Henry Schein, Inc., MedShare, Medtronic Inc., Merck & Co, Inc., Pfizer, and Sanofi US are monitoring how Dorian affects the United States before making funding and supply decisions. Bristol Myers Squibb Co. released

A Heart to Heart International team member providing assistance to a family in the Bahamas. (Photo courtesy Heart to Heart International)

$100,000 in grants for disaster relief on Wednesday. Eli Lilly and Company is working with Direct Relief to coordinate the distribution of insulin.

Americares is donating medicines and medical supplies and providing relief focused on hygiene and cleanup. They sent a medical team to Nassau on Wednesday.

CMMB, responding to requests from partners in the Bahamas, is looking to procure medical supplies, medications and wound care.
Direct Relief is currently in Nassau and arrived with two emergency health kits. They are coordinating with the National Emergency Management Agency and Ministry of Health to get supplies freighted to Nassau and other surrounding islands.

Heart to Heart International’s assessment team, physician and logistics team are flying to Abaco to do an assessment and coordinate with the Ministry of Health for requests. Their mobile team is currently in Florida with medications and hygiene kit support on standby.

IMA World Health is coordinating with partners in the Caribbean including Habitat for Humanity and ACT Alliance.

International Health Partners, UK has offered their Essential Health Packs and is working with other partners.

International Medical Corps is deploying teams to arrive in Nassau on Thursday with mobile and fixed emergency units to include nebulizer and labs.

IsraAid has a team arriving on Thursday to Grand Bahama with water filters and basic relief supplies.

MAP International is shipping hygiene kits and water filters using an aviation partner. Some of the kits are already on the ground.

Project Hope has a team of 5 medical volunteers in Nassau and is partnering with the organization Restoration Abaco. They are getting a barge out of

Nassau tomorrow morning with drinking water and hygiene supplies shipped to Abaco.

PQMD will continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian as it impacts the southeastern United States.

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