Ordinarily, the schoolchildren of Grand Bahama would have been smartly uniformed on their way to school on Monday, September 2. Instead, they were hunkered down in a terrifying second-day of Hurricane Dorian.
The people of the Northern Bahamas suffered unimaginable losses as a result of the Category 5 Hurricane Dorian. As one of the strongest hurricanes on modern record, the storm’s unbelievably slow trek across Grand Bahama battered its residents for two days. The toll of its devastation on the built environment is amplified by the fact that the island has suffered the wrath of now nine major hurricanes since just 1999.
I can tell you that these people are smart, determined and brave. I wouldn’t be where I am and most importantly who I am, without them. They need help—now, more than ever.
Please help me to help the littlest of my courageous people—Bahamian children. “For the Children” is a fund to support supplying the purchase and distribution of school uniforms and supplies so that children in affected areas can return to school and the normalcy school provides.
Bahamian schoolchildren are expected to arrive at school with supplies and they are all required to wear uniforms. These little survivors will soon be required to return to school whether or not their parents have the means to support them. Your gift will make their returns with necessary provisions possible.
Whether great or small, you gift will go a long way and serve to help me to help the good people of Grand Bahama Island. All monies will be put to use in aid of children on Grand Bahama. Many are answering the call to rebuild Grand Bahama’s infrastructure. Please help building the futures of these brave children.
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Ellen Cranley. “Bahamians Used Social Media After Hurricane Dorian for Rescue Efforts.” | Business Insider | September 7, 2019.
“When citizens have to deputize themselves to rescue their fellow countrymen and women because those who were paid to serve and protect and lead are failing to do so, we have a serious problem,” deGregory said.
Freelance journalist Kimberly Mullings left the first days of her second year at North Carolina Central University to be with her mother during the storm in her native Bahamas. She told Insider that “the government failed” Bahamians, who saved countless lives because of their quick organizing.
“Our government has failed us,” Mullings said. “If we hadn’t stepped up, we don’t know where we would be.”
Rachel Ramirez. “As Hurricane Dorian aid stalls, frustrated Bahamians take relief into their own hands.” | Grist | September 6, 2019.
Although Hurricane Dorian damaged electricity networks on Grand Bahama and Abaco islands, most phone networks have been restored since the storm subsided. And as one of the few people with any signal during the storm, she immediately turned to social media so that “people can be aware of what is happening in the Bahamas, and that it encourages them to give us aid.” For the past week, DeGregory has using her Twitter account to signal-boost other Bahamanians’ requests for aid, on-the-ground reports, complaints about government inaction, and expressions of strength and resilience
“Social media can be used for noble causes,” deGregory said. “The Bahamas is a great example of this. Other nations will be wise to learn from this, even if it was a painful example.”
Alisyn Camerota. “Hurricane Dorian survivor: Bahamas relatives are alive, but not OK.” | CNN/New Day | September 6, 2019.
Crystal deGregory describes to CNN’s Alisyn Camerota her experience of riding out Hurricane Dorian as it decimated the Bahamas.
CD Davidson-Hiers. “In her own words, Grand Bahama native describes calls for help, the toll of Hurricane Dorian.” | Tallahassee Democrat | September 4, 2019.
Crystal deGregory, 37, lives in Nashville, Tenn., and is the founder of the website HBCUstory. She was visiting her mother in Freeport on the island of Grand Bahama when Category 5 Hurricane Dorian slammed into the archipelago. Her cousin, Rodney Wilson, is a former Florida A&M University student. Another cousin Lolani Green runs the designer cake boutique Q-Ti Cakes on Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee. Wednesday, deGregory participated in an interview with the Tallahassee Democrat answering questions via audio recordings through WhatsApp messenger. In her own words, she described what the island looks like in the aftermath of the storm. This interview has been edited for length.
Laura Lynch. “’Incredibly frightening’: What one woman faced when she decided to stay in the Bahamas during Dorian.” | The Current/CBC Radio | September 4, 2019.
Crystal deGregory didn’t have to stay in the Bahamas for Hurricane Dorian. She lives in the United States, and was back in Freeport visiting family when news of the impending storm hit. But she decided to stay put.
As the damage from the hurricane begins to be assessed, concerns are already growing about the impact similar storms could have on the Caribbean in years to come. And many experts worry that climate change will make it more and more difficult for people to continue living in these low-lying island nations.
That’s not making everyone run though — from the storms, or the islands.
“This Is a Climate Emergency”: Devastated by Dorian, the Bahamas Are on Frontlines of a Dying Planet.” | Democracy Now! | September 4, 2019.
It is a scene of utter devastation after the Category 5 Hurricane Dorian ravaged the Bahamas. Residents of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas are now bracing for the storm, which has been downgraded to Category 2. The official death in the Bahamas is at seven but is expected to rise. On the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, as many as 13,000 homes have been destroyed or heavily damaged. Rescue efforts have been hampered by widespread flooding. Some reports say 70 to 80% of the affected areas remains underwater, including the Grand Bahama International Airport. The Bahamas Red Cross and other relief groups are scrambling to help survivors. From Freeport in Grand Bahama, we speak to Crystal deGregory, and Sam Teicher, the founder and chief reef officer for Coral Vita, which is based in Freeport, Grand Bahama.
Rachel Knowles, Frances Robles and Elisabeth Malkin. “‘A Disastrous Outcome’: In Bahamas, Hurricane Cripples Rescue Efforts.” | MSN.com | September 3, 2019.
Desperate residents stranded on rooftops amid swirling currents. Rescue efforts stalled by flooded vehicles and roads turned to rivers. Communications in ruins and basic infrastructure — including shelters, hospitals and public buildings — under water.
And all around, vicious winds and crashing waves brought on by Hurricane Dorian, one of the most powerful storms recorded in the Atlantic, whipped the low-lying islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama in the northwestern Bahamas for a second day on Tuesday.
The true extent of Dorian’s toll was only beginning to emerge as the storm began to pull away.
An intergenerational story of survival.
“Here in the Bahamas, Every Generation Has Its Storm Stories. The Tale of Hurricane Dorian Is Still Being Written.” | TIME. | By Crystal A. deGregory | September 4, 2019
“The wind was howling. But at least it was daylight. Seeing daybreak meant I made it through the first night of Hurricane Dorian. People who have survived storms like this say that they are at their worst at night. And I believe them.”