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DEHS notice to Long Island residents
Submitted by BIS   
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 06:29

Residents of Long Island are asked to begin separation of household and hurricane debris.

Please place in separate piles at the front yard for collection beginning Monday, October 12, 2015.

Please be further advised that there should be no unauthorized burning on premises.

Social Services Minister and staff assist in South Long Island
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 09:09

SOUTH LONG ISLAND, The Bahamas -- Minister of Social Services & Community Development Melanie Griffin tries to assist an elderly lady in South Long Island, who is trying to deal with the effects of Hurricane Joaquin on her home and her community.

Minister Griffin and Social Services staff were in Long Island when these photos were taken on Sunday, October 11, 2015 showing devastation of wind and water by Category 4 Hurricane Joaquin that pummeled the Southern Bahamas over a week ago.

(BIS Photos/Eric Rose)

HMBS Durward Knowles provides hurricane relief to Long Island residents in Clarence Town
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 08:30

Group photo of crew of HMBS Durward Knowles giving supplies to locals.CORAL HARBOUR BASE, Bahamas -- The Royal Bahamas Defense Force patrol craft, HMBS Durward Knowles, arrived at Clarence Town, Long Island on Monday 5th October 2015.

Acting Lieutenant Commander Carlon Bethel, Commanding Officer HMBS Durward Knowles, immediately contacted Mrs. Bootle-Bethel, the Island Administrator.

During discussions with Mrs. Bethel, it was revealed that parts of Long Island had been cut off due to flooding, which made streets impassable for impact teams to reach disaster stricken areas.

Marines from the ship’s company were quickly deployed to assist with relief efforts underway with locals within the community.

Teams included an engineering team that assisted in the repairing of the Community Centre’s generator. Teams were also dispatched to investigate the environmental impact of a beached vessel near the community.

Deadman’s Cay airport opened and operational
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 08:09

The Department of Civil Aviation advises the general public that the airport at Deadman’s Cay, Long Island is now open and operational to receive commercial flights however, due to structural damage sustained during the hurricane, the airport’s terminal is out of service.

Public notice on contaminated water due to Hurricane Joaquin
Submitted by NEMA Bahamas   
Friday, 09 October 2015 11:19
NASSAU, The Bahamas - The Department of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) wishes to advise persons whose water supply has been affected by Hurricane Joaquin, to use only bottled water for brushing teeth and drinking.

Only use properly disinfected water for bathing and other domestic purposes.

Disinfection procedure:

• disinfect water using household bleach.
• only use regular unscented chlorine bleach.
• if water is cloudy allow it to settle
• add ½ cap full for every gallon of water
• water should stand for a minimum of 30 (thirty) minutes
• water should have a slight chlorine odor. if it does not, repeat the dosage and allow to stand for 15 (fifteen) minutes before use.
• wherever possible for drinking purposes, bottled water should be used.

All persons in areas still affected by flooding are reminded that flood waters contain many contaminants and therefore contact should be avoided. Persons working in or around flood areas should wear proper footwear (boots) to limit the risk of infection and injury.
BTC 4G LTE services restored to Deadman’s Cay
Submitted by Chauntez Wilson   
Friday, 09 October 2015 11:13

NASSAU, Bahamas -- BTC remains committed to restoring services to the stricken South East Islands. BTC advises that 4G LTE data services have now been restored to Deadman’s Cay Long Island. This allows customers with LTE data services to use the internet on their mobile phones. Additionally, BTC has advised that a Call Center has been opened at the Deadman’s Cay location, where customers can access landline and internet services. Today, BTC also opened another Call Center at the main station in Cabbage Hill, Crooked Island will be available for residents daily, between 9am-5pm.

As an update:

1. BTC’s Assessment and Restoration teams were on the ground in the affected islands once the “all clear” was issued by the meteorological officials

2. BTC has restored all services in Exuma and Cat Island

3. Cellular services in Cockburn Town, San-Salvador have been restored

4. On Monday, October 5th, BTC opened Call Centers in Ragged Island, Clarence Town Long Island and Inagua, allowing residents to make calls and send emails to family members and loved ones.

Telecommunication services being restored on hurricane ravaged Family Islands
Written by BIS   
Thursday, 08 October 2015 06:50

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s Chief Executive Officer Leon Williams has affirmed that the company is working to restore communication services to all areas affected by the passage of Hurricane Joaquin and restoration to the “main” islands should be completed by the end of this week depending on the location of the island.

BTC, today October 7, announced that the company is conducting assessments and restoration efforts for the southeastern Family Islands devastated by the Hurricane during a press conference at headquarters on JFK.

Mr. Williams said, “BTC is fully committed to rebuilding its network to help residents in the South-East Bahamas return to some semblance of normalcy.

“We’re doing a magnificent job. We’re doing the best we can do,” stated Mr. Williams. He said the organization is sending generators to the islands, technicians are on the ground, and teams of engineers and human resources are visiting the islands.

To date, services have been restored to Cat Island and Exuma; mobile cellular services to Cockburn Town, San Salvador. Call Centers have been established in Ragged Island; Clarence Town, Long Island; and Inagua for residents without phone services.

Crooked Island: 'When Hurricane Joaquin washed the sea into his home ...'
Written by BIS   
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 09:43

CROOKED ISLAND, The Bahamas – Michael Carroll, a resident of Landrail Point, Crooked Island, recalls the horror he and his wife endured when Hurricane Joaquin washed the sea into their home.

NEMA, the Prime Minister and key officials toured Acklins and Crooked Island on October 6.

The photos here of Crooked Island tell the story.

(BIS Photos/Peter Ramsay)


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