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      Bahamas Chatter: “US Coast Guard Warns Against Heading to Bahamas with Relief” plus 1 more

      US Coast Guard Warns Against Heading to Bahamas with Relief

      Posted: 07 Sep 2019 02:52 PM PDT

      RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — With so many people and groups looking to lend a helping hand the U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary is wanting to get its message out to think hard about critical details before heading over there.

      “Not only will there be no gas, but there’s no lodging, no food, no electricity, there’s probably very limited cell coverage,” said USCG auxiliary division commander Chris Haarer.

      Haarer says the number of people wanting to help victims of Hurricane Dorian is remarkable, but it’s just as important you don’t become a rescue case yourself.

      “We certainly would like to discourage this and have everyone think ahead just think about all the destruction that’s taken place and what’s not available to the general citizen as they go over there,” said Haarer.

      Dorian death toll in Bahamas rises to 30

      On Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard released important information about what their crews have seen since beginning rescue missions. They report a high risk of debris in the water, sunken vessels and destroyed or missing aids to navigation and pier facilities. They also warn about the risk of chemical spills and topography in ports and marinas from the storm surge of the Category 5 hurricane.

      “We can’t stop people from going out there to do this but we certainly would like to discourage this,” said Haarer.

      They ask you to answer important questions such as:

      Have you made the trip before?
      Do you have a float plan? Who is it left with?
      Do you have lifesaving safety equipment on board such as EPIRB, life jackets, flares, marine radio, food, and water?
      Do you have a contact in the Bahamas?
      Do you have enough gas to return?
      If you can’t answer all of these questions, officials ask you instead donate to a reputable organization providing relief instead.

      The USCG auxiliary also says they are increasing inspections for boats coming into inlets along the coast of Florida. They are checking for people illegally bringing back Bahamians without proper documentation.

      You can call the coast guard for safety requirements: (305)415-6869.

      Report from Valentines, Harbour Island

      Posted: 07 Sep 2019 08:19 AM PDT

      We are thankful for the outpouring of support from friends of Valentines Residences Resort and Marina during and after Hurricane Dorian. We are grateful that our property was not negatively impacted by the storm. We experienced minimal impact and are already taking care of everything without any disruption of service. However, so many of our fellow Bahamians and residents in The Abacos and Grand Bahama are experiencing devastating life-threatening conditions. Many have lost everything.
      Valentines is working with Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund to provide much needed relief including food and supplies. Many of you have contacted us asking how you can help. Please donate here: www.bahamas.com/relief to help with the recovery efforts on these northern islands.

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