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NEMA Update for Tuesday, October 15, 2019
GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS IN GRAND BAHAMA TO OPEN ON WEDNESDAY, October 16, 2019
Grand Bahama schools are expected to reopen on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, according to
District Superintendent of Education for Grand Bahama, Mr. Ivan Butler.
Wednesday’s opening will be solely for administrators and teachers, with students expected to
be back into the classrooms on Thursday, October 17, 2019. It has been six weeks that students
of Government schools have been out of the classrooms because of Hurricane Dorian that
ripped across Abaco and Grand Bahama on September 1, 2019.
The announcement of the reopening of government schools will not affect all schools,
according to Mr. Butler. They are still awaiting word on the re-opening of Hugh Campbell and
Maurice Moore Primary schools, which were severely damaged by the storm.
Mr. Butler said that one of the things holding up the reopening of schools was a lack of a
constant supply of fresh, potable water. This problem, he said, is being solved, as bottled water
will be distributed to the various schools while schools are in session.
Mr. Butler noted that the schools would be operating in a “self-help” mode, while repairs will
be a constant, until all schools are fully restored. He added that an expert from the Ministry of
Health from New Providence would be in Grand Bahama to further assess all Government
schools.
SOCIAL SERVICES ASSESSMENT REVEALS INCREASE IN UNEMPLOYMENT
The Department of Social Services continues their assessment of the state of homes on the
island of Grand Bahama following the passing of Hurricane Dorian.
According to Mrs. Paula Marshall, Assistant Director of the Department, they are close to
wrapping up their assessment of homes in West Grand Bahama and will soon return their focus
to East Grand Bahama, where they will continue the work the Department has started there.
Mrs. Marshall noted that as they continue their assessment, they are finding that more
individuals are in a state of depression due to the lack of employment. With more people
getting word from their employers that the business has been closed, it has increased the
number of unemployed people on the island.
Mrs. Marshall said this increase in unemployment has placed a severe strain on the Department
of Social Services, as these individuals are seeking assistance from the Department.
A RISE IN PTSD AND DEPRESSION AMONG GB RESIDENTS POST HURRICANE DORIAN
Dr. Gregory Swann says that they are about 90% completed in their mental and emotional
assessment of all Government Employees post Hurricane Dorian. The next step, he said is to
begin carrying out individual counselling sessions with about 10 percent of those already
evaluated.
He said the concerns and challenges that have begun to arise include a high rise in depression,
behavioral adjustments and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He said it is necessary to
return to individuals expressing these concerns to further evaluate them and offer emotional
counselling.
Dr. Swann and a team have been tasked with the challenge of assessing all Government
employees in Grand Bahama who were severely affected by the passing of Hurricane Dorian.
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SERVICES – RODENT CONTROL
An expert in rodent control is expected to arrive on the Grand Bahama this week, to assist the
Department of Environmental Health Services in this area.
The Department is concerned that with so much debris in the front of homes and businesses
around the island, as that will attract rodents in huge numbers.
While the Department has dealt with the problem itself thus far, it has sought the help of an
expert in the matter to ensure that the expected infestation does not take place on the island.
It is said that normally, following a devastation like the one which Grand Bahama went through
because of Hurricane Dorian, it normally takes three to six months to see a full blown
infestation.
The Department wants to get ahead of that timeline in order to avoid such an infestation.
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE
• Completed visits to Abaco from October 9th to October 11th, 2019
• Continued to conduct farm assessments however, a challenge is that some farmers have
not yet returned to the island. Continue to deliver shipments of feed to farmers
• Plan is to ship additional feed of this Thursday, October 17th, 2019 to farmers
• Plan to continue farm assessments October 23rd to October 25, 2019
• Farmers also requesting chainsaws to assist with clearing debris and fallen trees.
ABACO
The following schools in Abaco are now open:
J A Pinder Primary, Crossing Rock Primary and Cherokee Sound Primary.
Moore’s Island School is partially open. Fox Town and Cooper’s Town Primary are to be
assessed before
reopening.

BAHAMAS POWER & LIGHT
(BPL)
The replacement generator is now in Abaco and is being installed. Installation should be
completed by Thursday, October 17, 2019. Repairs to distribution lines from Cooper’s Town to
Crown Haven and from Wilson Town to Marsh Harbor are progressing satisfactorily.
TRANSPORTATION
All roads and bridges in Abaco and Grand Bahama have been cleared and available for use.
Ferryboat services to Green Turtle Cay, Hope Town and Bakers Cay have resumed.
MASS CARE AND SHELTER SERVICES
· 6 shelters in New Providence with a grand total of 830 shelterees.
The Department of Social Services Registration of evacuees:
· 4,600 persons have been registered to date.
Distribution Assistance
· Distribution of supplies to evacuees began Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Penn’s Building
Supplies located on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway
Abaco
· The Department of Social Services has completed 461 assessments of homes, as of October
15, 2019.
Grand Bahama
· The Department of Social Services has completed 2,335 assessments in Grand Bahama. The
Department of Social Services continues their assessment of the state of homes on the island.
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For more information contact: Lindsay Thompson, Public Information Officer
Email: lindsaythompson@bahamas.gov.bs or NEMA@bahamas.gov.bs or
nemabahamas242@gmail.com
For NEMA daily updates. Visit website: www.bahamas.gov.bs/nema/dailyupdates
Contacts: 242-322-6081/5 or 242-361-5569 or 242-376-2042
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ABOUT NEMA:
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is a Bahamas Government agency, which
operates under the authority of The Cabinet Office.
Vision: An organization that anticipates the potential negative impacts of disasters and
emergency situations and develops effective and efficient plans, procedures and systems to
minimize such impacts, by relying on sound principles of disaster management, community
participation and inter-agency collaboration.
Mission: To reduce the loss of life and property within the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, by
ensuring that adequate preparedness and mitigation measures, and response and recovery
mechanisms are established to counteract the impact of natural, man- made and technological
hazards.

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