Grand Cay Bahamas Relief

Report Date: September 5, 2019

BAHAMA RELIEF UPDATE

THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR TODAY

BEFORE THIS GETS LOST IN MY DEBRIEF.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS AT THE JET CENTER FOR A TEAM MEETING TMRW MORNING AT 7:30 PLEASE.

WE HAVE WHEELS UP ON ASSETS BY 8AM.

JAMES JOLLY OUR LOGISTICS COMPUTER COORDINATOR FROM 2016 WAS ABLE TO MOVE WORK AROUND TO HELP TODAY BUT HES ONLY AVAILABLE FOR A SHORT TIME TMRW. I NEED A VOLUNTEER WITH A LAP TOP TO MEET WITH HIM THEN TAKE OVER FOR REMAINDER OF DAY TMRW.

We had a monumental effort today out of the Stuart Jet Center at 2501 SE Aviation Way. Lots of moving parts. Lots of ups and downs dealing with Logistics but we were able to provide some immediate relief to Grand Cay with two Helo loads and a couple of Helo loads to west end and a load to Treasure Cay.

NONE OF THIS EFFORT IS POSSIBLE

1)without our pilots donating time
2)owners of planes donating time
3)donations from the public to take to the islands
4)donations for fuel to fund the projects

I THANK YOU WE THANK YOU AND THE HUGS I GOT ON GRAND CAY TODAY I CAN PERSONALLY TELL YOU THE BAHAMIAN PEOPLE THANK YOU.

hundreds of people have been calling and asking about Grand Cay and I’m sorry I haven’t been able to get back to everyone. So please share this information with anyone who needs info about Grand Cay. I’ll be shutting down after I eat and shower.

First we had a generous offer for a light load light to grand cay this morning. And then I flew with the crew with a 6,000lb payload to grand cay today.

What I can tell you from what I observed.

1)the ocean looked fairly clean I personally didn’t see any debris
2)the bank on our route looked clean for a while
3)when we got within 9 miles of Walkers the water looked like cement.
4)I could not determine depth or shoaling
5)I could not asses the channel because of water clarity
6)I didn’t see any docks expect the concrete town dock.
7)I hugged it out with Brooks LOL and we talked for the 2 minutes I had after we unloaded the HELO
8)everyone is alive
9)no one injured
10)he said “they cleared the channel”
11)he said “they cleared around the town dock”
12)he asked for Plywood as there is significant structural damage to many places
13)we took a bunch of water, poweraide, food, paper goods, hygiene products, tarps, nails, hammers, chainsaws and so much more.
14)I don’t know but will assume gas and gas cans may be important at this point to run stuff, generators, more food and water, and maybe a lift pump that can run of generator if they have bulk fuel anywhere. We can’t carry fuel by air. This is going to be a long process for them and all the Bahamas.

I wish I Had more information but because of the hot unload and fuel we couldn’t hang out. We do have a plan for tmrw for another drop but the time is undisclosed.

 

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