Cable Bahamas Ltd. board member Michele Merrell said the company began organizing aid for The Bahamas as Hurricane Dorian approached the northern Bahamas and has received an unprecedented level of support from throughout Florida.
Merrell told Guardian Business that Cable Bahamas’ call for supplies to be sent to Grand Bahama and Abaco quickly went viral and now those supplies are being consolidated to be shipped.
According to Merrell, boats and planes are ready and waiting to bring those supplies over to The Bahamas.
“As soon as we heard that the hurricane was coming here we mobilized, working with thousands of private citizens, churches and schools, working on supply drives,” she said.
“And I have seen viral sharing on social media of all the many, many sites across Florida that are accepting supply drop-offs. It is literally an unprecedented amount of concern and sharing and work people are putting into gathering supplies for The Bahamas.”
She said because Florida prepared to possibly be impacted by Dorian, Cable Bahamas asked people to send those supplies they did not use over to The Bahamas.
“The hurricane missed us, so we’re asking everyone to donate their supplies,” Merrell said. “We are staging boats and planes all across South Florida. We are staging sites in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville and Orlando.”
She added that efforts are being coordinated along with the Bahamas Consulate General in Miami.
“Many people vacation here from across Florida and also have second homes here,” she said. “There is just an absolute heightened concern to come as fast as we can.”
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