October 7, 2019
When Hurricane Dorian made landfall in early September, the people of the Bahamas faced a crisis they could not have imagined. As one of the deadliest storms on record in the archipelago region, Dorian came ashore as a category 5 storm with sustained winds of 185 mph and gusts up to 220 mph. The storm was relentless. The aftermath is even more devastating.
Teams from the Medical Evacuation Disaster Intervention Corps (MEDIC Corps) arrived in the Bahamas on September 3 while Dorian was still actively battering the region. MEDIC Corps crew immediately began assisting in rescue operations and disaster relief efforts. “The destruction from Dorian in the Bahamas is catastrophic,” said John Duggar, a MEDIC Corps pilot. From the preliminary MEDIC Corps flyovers of the region, the team assessed thousands of homes and buildings that were severely damaged or destroyed. Video footage and still photos from MEDIC Corps aircraft were broadcast on international news outlets, as these images were among the first glimpses of Dorian’s fury while winds still pummeled the Bahamas.
Hurricane Dorian moved over the Bahamian islands very slowly, causing an unprecedented amount of damage and it was relentless to everything in its path. MEDIC Corps aircraft transported emergency items, water, and food, as well as disaster relief specialists and crisis volunteers directly to the devastated islands.
Martha Brown and her husband Tyrone survived the hurricane on Abaco. MEDIC Corps volunteers were able to load their car with much needed food and supplies at Marsh Harbour. “Our roof is gone, but we are so grateful to be alive! Thank you for everything you have given us!” Martha said.
MEDIC Corps primarily worked in the Abaco region distributing supplies to hundreds of people via air support. Team members were also instrumental in services including fixing equipment and generators, providing airport assistance at Cherokee Aviation (an Abaco-based FBO airport facility), and supporting fueling operations, ground crew management and relief flight coordination. MEDIC Corps helicopters and fixed wing aircraft transported medical, elderly, and priority evacuees, and helped coordinate with private and government organizations to bring relief to affected areas.
The scale of destruction in the Bahamas is extensive. MEDIC Corps was able to provide life-saving relief assistance to Marsh Harbour, Hope Town, Elbow Cay, Man-o-War Cay, Great Guana Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay, Sweetings Cay, and Fox Town, among others. We praise God for the MEDIC Corps volunteers who sacrificed their time and resources to serve in the Bahamas bringing hope and healing to those in need. Please pray for the Bahamian community as they continue to heal and rebuild post-Hurricane Dorian.
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September 5, 2019
THANK YOU for your donations! MEDIC has dispatched trained medical professionals ranging from firefighters & EMTs to Emergency Trauma Medical Doctors to the Bahamas. All donated funds are 100% supporting the relief effort of our all-volunteer team serving needs on the ground right now. Medical Evacuation Disaster Intervention Corps is a non-profit organization based in the USA with IRS 501(c)3 pending status.