FREEPORT, Bahamas (Sept. 30, 2019) Grand Bahama International Airport (GBIA), a privately-owned joint venture between Hutchison Ports and The Port Group (The Grand Bahama Port Authority) today provided an update to the operating capabilities of the airport post hurricane Dorian. The facility incurred extensive damage during the storm, including complete destruction of all passenger and cargo handling buildings, administration and operations buildings as well as damage to navigational aids and perimeter fencing.
Limited Airport services resumed a day after the all clear and the runway was made available for emergency rescue and relief flights on September 5th and airport staff began the arduous task of assessing damage and establishing temporary operations capabilities. Thanks to the valiant efforts of the nearly 100 airport employees and many others, runways and
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, September 22, 2019…. Just over two weeks have passed since Hurricane Dorian, the second strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic and the strongest hurricane ever recorded in The Bahamas, impacted Grand Bahama Island.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is the Bahamian government agency coordinating the relief and recovery response. The first phase of the emergency management response centered on immediate activities such as search and rescue, rapid damage and needs assessments, and the provision of first aid. A critical partner in this effort was the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to partner with NEMA at the request of The Bahamas Government.
The next phase is focused on restoring basic services and
GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND BEGINS THE JOURNEY TO RECOVERY FOLLOWING THE PASSAGE OF HURRICANE DORIAN
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, September 13, 2019…. Hurricane Dorian passed over the Northwestern Bahamas on Monday, September 2nd through Tuesday, September 3rd. The unprecedented Category 5 Hurricane generated180 miles per hour winds, and 200 mile an hour gusts, and brought heavy rains island wide, storm surges (18-25 feet) and widespread flooding before departing. Tragically, the Commissioner of the Royal Bahamas Police Force has advised that to date, eight persons have lost their lives, and many more are still presumed missing.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is the Bahamian government agency coordinating the relief and recovery response. Grand Bahama Island has been severely impacted by the storm, with thousands of homes and businesses