The Voices of Dorian
In September 2019, the world watched as Hurricane Dorian stormed through the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco as a Category 5 hurricane. During it’s 3-day journey through these islands, this storm erased any evidence of life in some neighbourhoods and communities, leaving behind a trail of trauma, heartbreak, sorrow, disbelief, and death.
Hurricane Dorian cannot be considered a one-off incident for The Bahamas. This hurricane is just the latest example of the impact of climate change on the environment and how we experience natural hazards in The Bahamas.
To redefine the next century of Climate Action and Disaster Preparedness, the Voices of the Survivors of Dorian need to be amplified to tell a more complete story — stories of movement and migration, hardship, struggle, recovery, and hope. The Bahamas is more than beautiful geology, wildlife, and scenic views. It’s a homeland—a place of history, library of cultural knowledge, a den of life and memories—to many.
We hope you’ll read, listen and learn about the experiences from The Voices of Dorian.
Ayla, New Providence
“It was a heart-wrenching experience hearing some of their stories when they came to New Providence.”
“So while I didn’t have a direct impact with respect to Dorian, I certainly felt the brunt of it whether through indirect means through family members or friends of family.”
“If that hurricane had happened to any island I would be sorry for them because a lot of structures aren’t prepared.”
“Everybody was in the same situation. So it wasn’t as if any other help from neighbours or friends could–they couldn’t help anybody.”Read More
“I wish the government took a different approach with helping the victims.”
“I felt that the government took too long and weren’t proactive enough.”
“A week after the storm hit, the Prime Minister was actually on the flight and the flight came full with the security, the police and the rescue, and left without any victims or persons who were desperately in need.”
“There were people begging to leave and I felt that it was almost politically driven to just show up, smile, let them know that you were there, and then left without being able to transport anybody.”
Trevor, Grand Bahama
“Being a part of a team that people depend on, you almost feel hopeless or helpless because you can’t help them at some point.”
“I was more concerned about the long term impact–how were we going to recover from it? Because I knew the government was not prepared or capable of dealing with a storm of that magnitude.”Read More
“I don’t think any country in the region has the resources to deal with another Hurricane Dorian.”
Branishka, New Providence
“The feeling was kind of like hopelessness ‘cause you wanted to do something, but there was nothing you could do.”
“Jokingly I told her, ‘You don’t wanna be on no Family Island during no hurricane.’”
“The following Hurricane season, when they released the list of shelters, I started to pay attention”
“Back then it was just regular preparation. But now Dorian showed us that there’s a lot more we need to put in place to be prepared when we have hurricane coming.”
Share Your Story With Us
Have a connection to Hurricane Dorian you’re ready to share?
To redefine the next century of Climate Action and Disasters in The Bahamas, voices need to be amplified to tell a more complete story.
Can you remember your first hurricane experience? What was your experience of Hurricane Dorian? Do you think The Bahamas can handle another disaster at the level of hurricane dorian? What are you doing differently to prepare for the next hurricane?
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