Five months after Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas, residents of Grand Bahama continue to live in catastrophic conditions. Abandoned, destroyed houses, flattened businesses and an absence of people does not even begin to describe the conditions found on the east side of the island.
On Feb. 20, 2020, local attorney Jordan Lulich, along with Matt Fulcher and Steven Lulich, set out on a mission to deliver relief supplies. Their journey across the island began when they landed at the airport in Freeport. OR DID THEY GO BY BOAT?
Driving a rented or borrowed? van full of relief items, they traveled 90 minutes to the east side of Grand Bahama. Along the way, they made numerous stops at locations that once were vibrant neighborhoods, but now looked like ghost towns.
Speaking with the locals, the situation is continuing to get worse each day, said Jordan Lulich. While the Bahamians are thankful of all the support they have received, primarily from the U.S., the problem they now face is that support is starting to dwindle.
As time passes people are less enthusiastic about the cause, said Lulich, and the relief supplies being shipped or flown there are decreasing each month. To make matters worse, the thought of the next hurricane season fills the residents with fear.
About 60 percent of the island was under water after Dorian, so there’s still no running water in many areas. The Bahamians struggle just to shower, brush their teeth and do their dishes, said Lulich.
Simple supplies, such as water or water purifiers and canned food, are still needed.
Caring for Catastrophes, a local nonprofit, is continuing to collect these supplies. To learn more about it, visit www.caringforcatastrophes.com, or contact Lulich at firstname.lastname@example.org or 772-589-5500. The website has a list of supplies needed and locations where they can be dropped off.
The Bahamians ultimately will need supplies to rebuild homes and businesses, but that can’t or won’t be accomplished until the economy there starts to recover. It has been depleted, said Lulich. The island derives 80 percent of its income from tourists, yet tourism has reached an all-time low.
The island has not had to recover from a storm like this for generations, said Lulich.