04 Oct How Good360 is Tackling Pressing Disaster Recovery Issues in Hurricane Dorian Efforts
In late August of 2019, Hurricane Dorian–the strongest storm on record to hit the Bahamas—caused unprecedented damage and destruction, leaving tens of thousands of people without homes. Recent statistics show that 61 people lost their lives, 600 are missing, and at least 70,000 are without homes. Dorian is the most catastrophic storm to have ever hit the islands, and it will take a great amount of work and resources to repair the damage caused by the storm. Good360 is working with corporations by assisting them in donating critically needed product to nonprofits engaged in the response and recovery efforts on the ground.
Recently, representatives from Good360 were on the ground in the Bahamas shortly after the storm made landfall in order to gain an understanding of where the recovery efforts stand and how Good360 can aid nonprofits on the ground. There are many challenges and road blocks that the Bahamas are facing which slows down the recovery progress. Warehousing, transportation, unsolicited goods and last mile verification are among some of the most pressing issues.
Warehousing: Due to the destructive force of Hurricane Dorian, many viable warehousing options are no longer available. Warehouses that are still operational are now priced at a premium which makes it difficult for government and nonprofit entities to rent space for recovery efforts. Additionally, there are few groups on the island that have experience running a warehouse and tracking inventory.
Transportation: The transportation of goods has become a major barrier for groups trying to get relief products into the country. The cost to ship via ocean freight is usually prohibitive and entities who were providing in-kind shipping have begun scaling back or discontinuing their services.
Unsolicited Goods: As with any disaster, many individuals and corporations were compelled to come to the aid of the hurricane survivors. Although intentions were pure, the donations that started pouring into the country had no predetermined destination and began overwhelming the ports and tying up the supply chain. Nonprofit and government entities are now inundated with unsolicited goods and are unable to put their focus into the recovery efforts that desperately need to begin.
Last Mile Verification: The problem of unsolicited donations is exacerbated by the fact that many of these donations are arriving in the country with no pre-determined final destination. Product donations are sent to the country with the expectation that there will be a line of people to carry the donations off the plane or boat. That expectation is far from reality. Unsolicited goods with no destination clog the port and hinder nonprofits from receiving the shipments they need.
The challenges that the Bahamas face are complicated, and in some cases, overwhelming. Good360 has the experience to face these challenges head on and develop strategies for solving the issues. Good360 has established strategic relationships with nonprofits such as SBP, Afya Foundation, Crisis Response International, Manna Worldwide, All Hands and Hearts and IsrAID to ensure we are receiving up–to–date information regarding the critically needed goods on the ground. With the help of our logistics partner, UPS, we are able to transport those goods without any cost to the nonprofit. Through collaboration with the Port Authority on Grand Bahama and the nonprofits on the ground, we can guarantee last mile verification so that our products do not clog the port and put further pressure on an already fragile system.
Good360 is committed to the long-term recovery on the Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands and will continue working with donors and nonprofits that understand the importance of thoughtful giving in times of disaster.
Learn more about our Hurricane Dorian efforts and how to help here: https://good360.org/disaster/hurricane-dorian/