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Update 9/16: Dorian Relief Effort Updates

Monday September 16th:

UN chief: Bahamas cannot foot the cost of Dorian alone

Friday September 13:

Tiger Woods announces One Bahamas Fund for hurricane recovery efforts as government lists 2,500 people missing

By Joel Beall for Golfworld

Tiger Woods announced the creation of the One Bahamas Fund on Thursday, aimed to support relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Dorian.

Visit and make a donation to the One Bahamas Fund.

“We’ve established the One Bahamas Fund with a challenge gift of $6 million, matching dollar for dollar the next $6 million raised,” Woods said in a statement. “Help us turn this first $6 million into $12 million, and join our efforts to restore and rebuild the Bahamas.”

The islands were victim to a Category 5 hurricane on Sept. 1, with wind gusts reaching up to 225 mph, the strongest landfall winds ever recorded. At least 50 people have been killed by Hurricane Dorian, 42 from Abaco. However, the Bahamas government announced on Thursday morning that at least 2,500 people remain missing from the storm. The death toll is expected to rise as search-and-rescue crews comb through the devastation in the Grand Bahama and Abaco islands.

Visit and make a donation to the One Bahamas Fund here.

Read full article…

Thursday September 12:

From the Fishing Wire

“Coalition of Anglers to Collect Funds for Bahamas Relief “

Double Haul for Dorian Relief – Anglers for the Bahamas – DONATE TODAY!

The devastation in the Bahamas is absolutely tragic and will have a profound impact on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama for years to come. An impact that will be felt by the fly fishing community for years to come as well. These fisheries, and the local communities that rely on them, are so familiar that many of us almost consider them home waters. And that’s why it’s imperative that we step up as an angling community and help our Bahamian fly fishing brothers and sisters in this immense time of need.

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA), Yellow Dog Community & Conservation Foundation (YDCCF) and Angling Trade have formed a single coalition to collect funds that will go directly toward relief efforts for those in our fly fishing family who have lost everything to Hurricane Dorian.

To-date, the Coalition has raised over $150,000 and has already paid for the delivery and logistics of three relief flights into Grand Bahama.

But there’s so much more that’s needed. DONATE TODAY!

Read full article…

Wednesday September 11:

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and the Bahamas National Trust

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and the Bahamas National Trust have established the Hurricane Dorian Relief and Recovery Fund to benefit fishing guides, lodge staff and others in the Bahamas’ fishing industry who have been impacted by Hurricane Dorian, the worst natural disaster in the nation’s history.

“Our success as an organization has been shaped in large part by our experience over the years in Abaco and Grand Bahama,” said BTT President and CEO Jim McDuffie. “We simply wouldn’t be the organization we are today without the Bahamas. This fund acknowledges the importance of our collaboration and friendship with guides, lodge staff, and others who have always been such great stewards of the Bahamas’ natural resources. We will do all that we can in partnership with BNT to aid the recovery efforts.”

The Hurricane Dorian Relief and Recovery Fund will be multi-faceted, providing immediate support to relief efforts, followed by support of long-range recovery, including promoting the recreational fishing industry as guides and lodge staff return to work. Additionally, BTT and BNT will collaborate further on future efforts aimed at also addressing the needs of impacted natural areas.

“Fishing guides epitomize key natural resource users of areas impacted by Dorian, including in National Parks,” said Eric Carey, BNT Executive Director. “This effort is aimed at helping to get them back on the flats—with paying clients—and rebuilding their local economies, as soon as possible.”

Please make your most generous contribution today.

All contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law. Please contact BTT Director of Development Mark Rehbein with questions. He can be reached by email ( or phone: 786-618-9479

Please make your most generous contribution, which is tax deductible as allowed by law, by clicking here.

Tuesday September 10:

The latest update from Postfly’s blog, The Wade

The storm tore into a community we know well and truly love. Many of us have friends, colleagues, and loved ones across the islands and are devastated by the destruction left behind. We follow the fishing stories and have made our own memories chasing life-list species down there and we’re not ready to call it quits.

Recovery will be long and challenging, we know this; so to help, we are sharing three ways you can support the Bahamas and its communities.

Read more…

NPR: ‘You Can’t Stay Here’: Dorian Leaves Parts Of The Bahamas Uninhabitable

In the Bahamas, people are desperately trying to escape Great Abaco Island, days after Hurricane Dorian demolished homes and obliterated infrastructure there. Faced with no running water, no electricity and with food stores running out, residents say there’s nothing left for them.

“You can’t stay here,” Sharona Etienne-Cole of Great Abaco tells NPR.

At least 43 people are confirmed dead, but that number is expected to rise as rescue and recovery efforts continue on the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama, two of the hardest hit areas.

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US Department of State – DipNote Bloggers

Cash donations are the most efficient form of assistance. Unlike material donations, cash involves no transportation costs, shipping delays, or customs fees. It also enables relief organizations to spend more time providing aid by spending less time managing goods. Cash donations also allow relief supplies to be purchased in markets close to the disaster site, which stimulates the local economy, thereby boosting employment and generating cash flow to stimulate the local economy.

Go to to find out how you can help those affected by Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas.  For more information on the U.S. Agency for International Development’s response to Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas, visit this webpage.

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Videographer Brandon Clement of WxChasing / LSM took the Aerial helicopter footage of the Marsh Harbor area of Great Abaco in the Bahamas on September 3, 2019. Many of the homes and businesses were blown out to sea – wiped off the island.


The tiny island nation, with just 0.1 percent of the United States population, has been overwhelmed by the catastrophic storm. Its residents are losing patience with their government’s response. New York Times . . .

Friday, Sept. 6. 2019:

Agencies are mobilizing to offer disaster relief assistance. Here’s what you can do to help

The tragedy that has struck the Bahamas is astounding and they very badly need your help now. Hurricane Dorian has left thousands without food and housing. During these times it is tempting to give to the first charity that your are presented with. Here are a few verified charities that will quickly direct your donations to those that need it most. If you care to donate to other charities, you may want to research established organizations on a site like Charity Navigator or Guidestar, and donate through its website directly, rather than through an email or other medium, which could be a scam. The Federal Trade Commission offers more tips here. If you suspect someone is running a scam relief effort, you can report it to your state’s Attorney General’s office.

Photo credit United States Navy via Navy Live – official blog.

National Association of the Bahamas

The NAB is a Bahamas-based nonprofit that has been operating since 1993. You can donate to relief efforts on its website. There are also drop-off locations in Florida for goods such as water bottles, non-perishable food, clothes and basic toiletries.


The crowd-funding company has set up a page of verified campaigns from individuals, families and organizations impacted by Hurricane Dorian. It’s advised to give to these campaigns as opposed to random ones you might find online, as scams abound after disasters

Bahamas Red Cross

The Bahamian branch of the Red Cross is seeking donations of money and supplies, including non-perishable baby clothes, cleaning supplies and bedding.

Salvation Army

When disasters strike, The Salvation Army is there, providing emergency assistance to survivors and first responders.

The Federal Trade Commission offers more tips here. If you suspect someone is running a scam relief effort, you can report it to your state’s Attorney General’s office.

Other efforts from within the Fly Fishing Industry can be found at the following links:

Fiberglass Manifesto

Nassau Guardian Newspaper

East End Grand Bahamas

Angling Trade 

Frontiers Travel

Yellow Dog Community and Conservation Foundation


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