The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) Limited has declared that it is committed to the restoration of Grand Bahama following deadly Hurricane Dorian, and that it has already begun to execute its post-hurricane strategies to get Grand Bahamians back to a place of normalcy.
The GBPA explained in a press statement yesterday that its recovery and restoration strategy after the powerful Category 5 hurricane has been made clear and is being communicated to the people of Grand Bahama.
GBPA President Ian Rolle noted in the statement that “the entire community of Grand Bahama will emerge from this unprecedented natural disaster”.
“Our team of hardworking and dedicated individuals mobilized to inform residents about what was essential for water and electricity restoration,” Rolle said.
“We then coordinated our resources around the removal of debris within impacted communities and this allowed us to clear major thoroughfares to better assist with recovery and restoration efforts.”
The GBPA statement explained that residents who endured flooding and wished to have their power restored were instructed to have their electrical systems neutralized of salt water by a certified electrician before power could be restored. It warned that when the water supply is brought back online, that water should not be used for drinking.
“We recognize our responsibility to communicate with residents in a timely manner,” said Rolle.
“It will help them to be aware of what we need from them, in order to do our part with the restoration of utilities and sanitary services, through the Grand Bahama Utility Company, the Grand Bahama Power Company and Sanitation Services Company.”
Rolle also explained that the reopening of Freeport Harbour allows for the regular resumption of imports into the island, as well as hurricane relief supplies.
“The opening of Freeport Harbour allowed us to initiate our collaboration with FowlCo Import Export, Elnet and Tropical Shipping, who are licensees and designated partners for the importation of hurricane relief items for Grand Bahama,” he said.
“Through our partnership, items can be sent to South Florida and with this major port of entry being open, we can more quickly support those impacted within our community.”
The release added: “The president of the port was extremely touched by the outpouring of love and support displayed by key international partners from throughout the cruise line industry, including Bahamas Paradise Cruise, Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Balearia, along with national and international aide agencies including Jose Andres and World Central Kitchen, Atlantis resort, Inchcape, the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the Six Nations Tribe.”
Rolle said GBPA’s commitment to restoring Grand Bahama in the wake of Hurricane Dorian is “unquestionable”.