A Beacon of Hope – Hurricane Dorian Update

Elbow Reef Lighthouse lit for the first time after Hurricane Dorian.
Photo: Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society

Pictured here is the Elbow Reef Lighthouse in Hope Town, Elbow Cay. Probably the most recognizable landmark in Abaco, the lighthouse is one of the last operational kerosene-fueled lighthouses in the world. On September 11th, the lighthouse was lit (by an electric lightbulb) for the first time since Hurricane Dorian ravaged the island; a great symbol of hope for The Bahamian people.

Resilience. Strength. Hope. – These are the incredible, recurring themes we have witnessed in our islands over the last two weeks.

Hurricane Dorian struck parts of the Bahamas, the Abacos and Grand Bahama, with a devastating blow. Outpourings of concern and offerings of assistance have come in from every island and many other countries.

Charities including Rotary, The Red Cross, HeadKnowles, ShelterBox and many others sprang into action working with The Bahamas National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) to provide shelter & supplies, ship in supplies donated abroad, and volunteer their time. Individuals have volunteered private boats and planes to bring in hundreds of thousands of pounds of relief supplies, and evacuate people from the islands. The governments of the US, Canada, the UK and many other countries have pledged support and provided supplies and humanization assistance, search and rescue operations and other disaster response measures.
We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the support that The Bahamas has been shown by both the local and global community.

We are also grateful that the capital of New Providence, the economic center of our country, was not hit. Relief efforts began immediately here in Nassau, and are ongoing. Our office is fully operational and is a drop-off spot for supplies for those affected by the storm.

While The Bahamas is experienced in withstanding powerful storms and enforces a stringent building code to prepare for disasters such as this one, the combination of Dorian’s slow pace, incredible wind speeds and heavy rainfall created an unprecedented storm. Many of our agents and employees have families and second homes in the Family Islands, including Grand Bahama and the Abacos. They are unmatched in beauty and small town solidarity. The Bahamas’ archipelago is made up of over 700 islands and cays with a population of less than 400,000 people.
Our islands are small and close-knit, but collectively strong. Together we will rebuild.

To find out how you can help visit www.bahamasrealty.com/dorian

Elbow Reef Lighthouse before the storm

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