Dorian Relief Update
Tuesday, September 10: Please read this great update from Mark Zee and his team at OPSGROUP. They helped coordinate the initial air relief flights by providing info on Bahamas airports, TFRs, and other logistical information to the various operations. They did a tremendous job in a hectic environment, so our hats off to them. It appears the bigger operations have stepped in (UN, USAF, NGOs, etc.) so they are stepping down.
There is still a need for the business aviation community's help, though on a more specialized basis. If anyone would still like to assist, please reach out to Scott Ramsden and he can put you in touch with the appropriate parties.
There are still multiple drop off locations where you can donate and drop off much needed supplies. Below are a list of the most needed supplies and current drop off locations in the tri-county area (additional locations to be added).
If you would like your facility or office to be added as a drop off location or if you are interested in having your facility added as a staging area for relief flights please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be added to our list. The list will be published on the SFBAA website and updated regularly.
Our friends at Odyssey Aviation have given us some more information regarding how to help out in the Bahamas. Please see the pdfs below regarding information about Aviation Support Donations. Any questions can be directed to:
(561) 312 0953
Julie was also kind enough to share with us some photos from the ongoing relief effort which I've posted here.
It seems all FBOs in South Florida are willing to waive fees and provide fuel discounts to those interested in participating in relief flights!
DROP OFF LOCATIONS
Signature FBO, PBI: 1500 Perimeter Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Signature is accepting items that will be delivered via Cherokee Air Limited. Please contact Jose.email@example.com or 561-683-5939 for questions.
Signature FBO, BCT: 3300 Airport Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Signature will be accepting items. Fuel Discounts and waiving of Clearing Fees will be available for all aircraft participating in relief flights. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-955-9556
Banyan Air Service, FXE: 5360 NW 20th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Front Desk: 954-491-3170
Contact: Isadora 1st or Giselle 2nd
Sending e-mail to Banyan with regards to help for the Bahamas: email@example.com
As in the past the Banyan Team is ready to assist those that would like to send or fly aid to the Bahamas. As an official “Gateway to the Bahamas FBO” we are working with the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) through the Bahamas Tourist and Aviation Office.
We will be using Hangar 9 which is attached to the Jet Café to label and store cargo that will be airlifted to the Bahamas.
We have forklifts and manpower to assist.
There are those that wish to send supplies but have no way of getting the supplies to the islands and there are pilots that volunteer their aircraft and can carry cargo but this MUST be coordinated.
Just dropping off a pallet of supplies with no way of getting it to the Bahama is not wise.
We will soon know exactly what supplies are most needed (initial list is below, although some of the items must go by barge rather than by air)
Our team at the front desk can assist with Bahamas Flight Plans and with documentation for your flights and there is a special “helping hands” fuel price and no ramp fees to those flying relief.
Gold Aviation, FLL: 1420 Lee Wagener Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
Gold Aviation will be accepting donations and will be managing relief flights to and from the Bahamas. If you are interested in donating your aircraft and/or pilot services please reach out to the Gold Aviation Team (firstname.lastname@example.org or 954-359-9919).
Jetscape Alpha FBO Hangar, FLL: 350 SW 34th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315
Jetscape will be accepting donations and will be managing relief flights to and from the Bahamas. Please contact 954-359-9991 or email@example.com.
Privaira, BCT: 3690 Airport Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Privaira will be operating flights to assist those needing to get to and from the Bahamas. Please call 561-886-0380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Boca Raton Airport Administration (BRAA) office will serve as a collection site for donations that will be sent to the Bahamas.
Boca Raton Airport Administration Building
903 NW 35th St, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30a.m. – 4:30p.m.
US Customs at Boca Raton Airport
In support of the humanitarian efforts taking place in the Bahamas due to the impact of Hurricane Dorian, the Airport is suspending all customs clearing fees until Wednesday, September 18.
Atlantic Aviation FBO, BCT: 3700 Airport Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Fuel discounts and fees are being waived until rescinded include handling, facility and parking fees for aircraft participating in relief flights. Please contact the Front Desk at 561-368-1110.
Atlantic Aviation FBO, PBI: 3800 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 334406
Fuel discounts and fees are being waived until rescinded include handling, facility and parking fees for aircraft participating in relief flights. Please contact the Front Desk at 561-683-4121.
Atlantic Aviation FBO, SUA: 2240 SE Witham Field Dr, Stuart, FL 34996
Fuel discounts and fees are being waived until rescinded include handling, facility and parking fees for aircraft participating in relief flights. Please contact the Front Desk at 772-781-4720.
Atlantic Aviation FBO, OPF: 15000 NW 44th Ave, Opa Locka, FL 33054
Fuel discounts and fees are being waived until rescinded include handling, facility and parking fees for aircraft participating in relief flights. Please contact the Front Desk at 305-455-2295.
Presidential Aviation, FXE: 1755 NW 51st Place, Hangar 74, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Presidential Aviation will now be accepting supplies and donations to be deliveredy by aircraft to the Bahamas. You may contact them at 888-772-8622 with any questions.
Relief Supplies Most Needed
Please send New and Unopened items only. Thank You!
- Water (all sizes - small and large 1 & 5 gallon)
- Deodorant (men & women)
- Wash Cloths
- Pull-Tab Can Good (Soup, Vegetables, Meat)
- Plastic Jar of Tomato Sauce
- Breakfast (pop tarts, granola bar)
- Individual Cereal Boxes
- Manual Can Openers
FOOD (Non-perishable Items) Pull-Tab Can Goods (Soup, Vegetables, Meat), Breakfast (Dry Cereal, Pop Tarts, Granola Bars), Peanut Butter, 100% Fruit Juice, Sports Drinks, Individual Snacks (Crackers, Rice Krispies), Individual Fruit (Fruit Cup, Applesauce)
CLEANING SUPPLIES Bleach, Disinfectant, Mops, Buckets, Rubber / Plastic Gloves, Sponges, Brooms, Trash Bags (Kitchen, Large Heavy Duty)
BABY SUPPLIES Diapers (All Sizes), Baby Wipes, Baby Formula, Baby Food
HYGIENE KITS Towels, Wash Cloths, Razor, Shaving Cream, Body Wash, Bar Soap, Shampoo, Feminine Products, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Mouthwash, Hand Sanitizer, Hand Soap, Deodorant
MEDICAL SUPPLIES First Aid Kits, Non-Prescription Drugs, Band-Aids, Medical Tape, Ointments, Disinfectant Spray or Wipes, Eye Drops, Chapstick, Sunscreen, Bug Spray.
BEDDING Blankets, Sheets, Pillows, Sleeping Bags, Cots
CLOTHING Underwear (All Sizes), Socks (All Sizes)
PAPER SUPPLIES Plates, Bowls, Cups, Paper Towels, Toilet Paper, Pre-Wrapped Flatware, Plastic Bags (Storage, Gallon)
PET SUPPLIES Dry Food, Canned Food
- Portable generators
- Hurricane shutters
- Emergency ladders
- Batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt or 9 volt)
- First aid kits
- Fuel containers
- Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits
- Axes and chainsaws
- Mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers
- Nonelectric coolers and ice chests for food storage
- Nonelectric can openers
- Portable self-powered light sources (hand cranked flashlights)
- Portable self-powered radios, including two-way and weather band radios
- Reusable and artificial ice products
- Smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors
- Tarps and other plastic sheeting
- Tools - Drills, Wheelbarrows, Buckets, Hammers, Screwdrivers etc.,
- Heavy Duty Trash Bags
- Face Masks
- Construction gloves
- Solar lights
- Duct tape
- Extension Cords / Power strips
The SFBAA is not accepting monetary donations for hurricane relief directly, but if you would prefer to help in this manner, here is some helpful information:
The Grand Bahamas Port Authority set up a Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation which appears to be a direct way of getting relief funds to those in the Bahamas in need. You can read about and donate here: www.gbdisasterrelief.org
Here is a NY Times article with some other avenues to donate to as well: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/03/world/americas/hurricane-dorian-how-to-help.html