Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas on September 1, 2019 and over the next 24 hours, the storm caused catastrophic damage as unrelenting winds destroyed everything in its path. This category 5 hurricane was the worst natural disaster ever to hit the Bahamas.
In the weeks following Dorian, Sea Shepherd volunteers delivered over 60,000 lbs of aid to the communities hardest hit by the storm. The crew of of the M/V John Paul DeJoria have been on the ground in Freeport, Crown Haven, Sweetings Cay, Mores Island, Fox Town, and Maclean’s Town Cay, distributing essential aid to survivors to meet their immediate needs and help facilitate the long and difficult process of rebuilding their lives.
Sea Shepherd supplied gasoline to local vessels, enabling skiffs to reach the M/V John Paul De Joria at anchor and stock up with boxes of relief supplies, creating a lifeline to settlements cut off from the Grand Bahama Highway due to bridges being washed away.
Over 6000 lbs of food, enough to provide over 48,000 meals, have been distributed to-date to the people in these settlements.
Family emergency kits (containing hydration salts, solar-powered lights, hygiene products, and water filtration units), first aid supplies, drinking water, pet food, temporary shelters, and cleaning materials were also distributed to the survivors.