04 September 2019

The Salvation Army
Caribbean Territory
Media Contact: Mike Michels, Captain
876-929-6190 office phone
876-881-5468 cell phone

September 4, 2019


The Salvation Army in The Bahamas has started relief efforts while continuing to plan for entry into Grand Bahama and Abaco

Nassau, The Bahamas

Majors Clarence and Karen Ingram, and their staff, are actively setting up relief efforts as the first of the evacuees begin arriving from Abaco.  In Nassau the efforts are focused on preparing Salvation Army shelters for occupancy as evacuees arrive, receiving and sorting clothing items for distribution and meeting with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and visiting government shelters to assess needs both in Nassau and the devastated northern Bahamas islands. 

The Salvation Army corps (church) on Eleuthera island is also ready to receive evacuees as they arrive.

The Salvation Army corps in Freeport was partially damaged in the Hurricane, but they are operational with a working generator, a functioning kitchen and a supply of food.  Their biggest challenge is transport as most of the Grand Bahama island is still flooded with a second challenge of having sufficient supplies and staff to meet the burgeoning need on the island.  Major Sumter, the officer in charge in Freeport reports that the shelters are all over capacity but that transportation is limited to large machinery and jet skis tasked for rescue efforts.  As soon as they are able, the staff and volunteers in Freeport will be preparing meals for distribution to the shelters.

Back in Nassau,  Majors Ingram are viewing this disaster not only in terms of the immediate response to immediate needs, but also planning for a long-term response to this catastrophic event.

To support The Salvation Army's relief efforts in the Caribbean, please direct your contributions to The Salvation Army, 3 Waterloo Road, PO Box 378, Kingston 10, Jamaica, WI - Attention: Emergency Disaster Services or direct the funds to the following…


Name Of Account:          The Salvation Army Donation Account (Savings)
Account Number:            936476
Bank Name:                     The Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Ltd
Bank Address:                 The Corner of Duke & Port Royal Street
                                          Kingston CSO

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 130 years in the Caribbean. The Caribbean Territory serves sixteen countries throughout Caricom including Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, French Guiana, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Sint Maarten, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos.  More than 60 thousand persons receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army has served survivors of major disaster since 1900.

Tags: Emergency Disaster Services