Bahamas face critical shortages in Dorian’s ‘horrific’ wake

Bahamas face critical shortages in Dorian’s ‘horrific’ wake


>>Sreenivasan: JENELLE ELI IS
WITH THE HURRICANE DORIAN
OPERATION FOR THE AMERICAN RED
CROSS.
SHE JOINS US NOW FROM NASSAU,
BAHAMAS.
HOW SIGNIFICANT IS THE
DEVASTATION THAT HAS HAPPENED
THERE?
>>THE DEVASTATION HERE IS
MASSIVE, AND HONESTLY, IT’S
HEARTBREAKING.
I WAS ON THE ISLAND OF ABACO,
AND THERE WERE SO MANY HOUSES
WITHOUT ROOFS, AND OTHER HOUSES
THAT WERE JUST COMPLETELY
DEMOLISHED.
EVEN WHEN LANDING IN THE AIRPORT
I LANDED, YOU COULD SEE TREES
UPROOTED AND SNAPPED IN HALF.
PEOPLE ARE REALLY TELLING SOME
HORRIFIC STORIES ABOUT THE
DAMAGE.
>>Sreenivasan: AND HAVE MOST OF
THE PEOPLE MANAGED TO GET OFF?
ARE THEY ON THE OTHER ISLANDS
LIKE NASSAU?
>>SO THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE
WHO HAVE MANAGED TO GET OFF,
WHETHER BY BOAT OR HELICOPTER OR
PLANE.
BUT THERE DEFINITELY ARE MORE
PEOPLE STILL THERE AND IN NEED
OF ASSISTANCE.
>>Sreenivasan: RIGHT, WHAT ARE
THE MOST IMMEDIATE NEEDS?
BESIDES SHELTER– IF THEY HAVE
PLACES TO GO AND IF THERE ARE
GOVERNMENT SHELTERS?
BUT I MEAN, WATER, ELECTRICITY.
I MEAN, IT SOUNDS LIKE THAT
THERE IS NO INFRASTRUCTURE LEFT.
>>CERTAINLY ON THE ISLANDS,
WATER, FOOD, ELECTRICITY,
MEDICAL CARE AND EMERGENCY
SHELTER ARE HUGE NEEDS.
THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE STILL
SLEEPING ON STREETS.
THERE ARE PEOPLE IN NEED OF
CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION.
WE’VE SEEN IN DISASTERS BEFORE
THAT IF CLEAN WATER ISN’T
ADDRESSED WITHIN, YOU KNOW, THE
FIRST DAYS AND WEEKS, IT COULD
CAUSE SECONDARY HUMANITARIAN
NEEDS.
SO THAT’S ABSOLUTELY A PRIORITY.
AT THE RED CROSS WE’RE ALSO
FOCUSING ON SOMETHING ELSE,
WHICH IS HELPING RECONNECT
FAMILIES.
EVEN PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR
HOMES, LOST THEIR LIVELIHOODS,
LOST ALL THEIR PHYSICAL
PROPERTY, IF THEY HAVEN’T BEEN
ABLE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THEIR
LOVED ONES, THEIR FAMILY
MEMBERS, IF THEY’RE NOT SURE
WHETHER THEY’RE SAFE AND ALIVE,
THEY REALLY DON’T HAVE PEACE OF
MIND.
SO THAT IS TOP OF MIND FOR LOTS
OF PEOPLE AFFECTED BY THIS
DISASTER, AND AT THE RED CROSS
WE’RE REALLY HOPING IN THE DAYS
AND WEEKS AHEAD TO FOCUS ON
THAT.
>>Sreenivasan: SO ARE YOU
CREATING ESSENTIALLY AN
EQUIVALENT OF A VIRTUAL PIN-UP
BOARD WHERE PEOPLE COULD SAY,
HERE I AM?
HAS ANYBODY HEARD FROM SO AND
SO?
>>THAT’S A GREAT WAY TO PUT IT.
WE HAVE A PROGRAM CALLED
RESTORING FAMILY LINKS, AND WE
OPEN UP CASES OF PEOPLE WHO
HAVEN’T HEARD FROM THEIR LOVED
ONES AND FAMILY MEMBERS DURING
DISASTERS OR OTHER CRISES, AND
WE’RE ABLE TO HELP TRACE WHETHER
THOSE PEOPLE ARE ALIVE, SAFE,
MAYBE WHERE THEY ARE.
>>Sreenivasan: AND WHAT’S THE
EASIEST THING THAT SOMEONE FROM
MAINLAND UNITED STATES CAN DO
RIGHT NOW?
>>SO RIGHT NOW, TO HELP PEOPLE
AFFECTED BY HURRICANE DORIAN IN
BOTH THE U.S. AND THE BAHAMAS,
WE’RE ASKING PEOPLE TO GO TO
redcross.org AND DONATE.
BUT ANOTHER THING PEOPLE CAN DO
IS JUST TAKE THIS MOMENT TO
REMEMBER THAT DISASTERS CAN
HAPPEN ANY TIME.
BIG DISASTERS CAN AFFECT ANYONE,
AND THIS IS A GOOD TIME TO TAKE
STOCK OF YOUR OWN EVACUATION
PLAN, OF YOUR OWN EMERGENCY
PLAN.
HOW WILL YOUR FAMILY REACT?
WHAT WILL YOU BRING WITH YOU?
EVEN FIRST AID CLASSES, THESE
ARE THINGS WE RECOMMEND SO THAT
PEOPLE ARE REALLY READY FOR
DISASTERS WHEN THEY STRIKE.
>>Sreenivasan: YOU’VE SEEN A
LOT OF DIFFERENT DISASTER ZONES.
IS IT GOING TO BE POSSIBLE FOR A
PLACE LIKE ABACO ISLAND TO
RECOVER FROM THIS?
>>THE HEARTBREAK FAMILIES ARE
FACING, THAT’S NOT SOMETHING
THAT PEOPLE EASILY RECOVER FROM.
AND THAT WILL TAKE A LONG TIME.
BUT SO WILL THE PHYSICAL NEEDS.
RIGHT NOW, WE’RE REALLY FOCUSED
ON URGENT NEEDS, BUT IN THE
FUTURE, PEOPLE CERTAINLY WILL
NEED TO HAVE THEIR LIVELIHOODS
RESTORED.
PEOPLE LOST THEIR FISHING BOATS,
THEIR BICYCLES, THE STOCK IN
THEIR STORES.
AND SO THOSE ARE THINGS THAT
HUMANITARIAN AGENCIES WILL ALSO
WANT TO FOCUS ON, AS WE MOVE
FORWARD.
>>Sreenivasan: ALL RIGHT,
JENELLE ELI FROM THE HURRICANE
DORIAN OPERATION FOR THE
AMERICAN RED CROSS, JOINING US
VIA SKYPE FROM THE NASSAU,
BAHAMAS TODAY.
THANKS SO MUCH.
>>THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

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