DSV is helping Danish Red Cross send equipment to the most affected areas in the Bahamas after hurricane Dorian hit the northern cost of the country on 1 September.
The area has been devastated with 50 confirmed dead but at least 2,500 listed as missing and expected to rise. Dorian equalled the highest winds ever recorded for a hurricane at landfall when it struck the Abaco Islands at Category 5 classification. The country is now bracing for a second tropical storm Friday evening EDT.
Danish Red Cross is sending equipment from the international Warehouse for Disaster Equipment in Denmark, sponsored by DSV.
Four people from Danish Red Cross have arrived in the Bahamas to set up base camps for the delegates. The base camps are fundamental in helping the local population, says Jesper Ranch Nielsen, Disaster Response and Preparedness manager from Danish Red Cross.
“A base camp covers all basic needs for a delegate and allows them to focus 100 per cent on helping the local population,” says Nielsen. “Thousands of Bahamians need food and shelter, and the best and most efficient way of providing that help is for the Red Cross to have a safe base to provide help from.”
The base camps are shipped from the international emergency relief warehouse. Here, Danish Red Cross stores all equipment needed in the aftermath of a disaster.
Within 48 hours of the call for help, Red Cross needs to be able to move out and get disaster relief to the affected areas, and that requires careful planning, says DSV. To get help to the Bahamas as fast as possible, DSV transported the equipment to the nearest airport and arranged for the equipment to arrive safely at the Bahamas.
“Making sure equipment is transported in a safe and efficient way is what we know best in DSV, and we’re proud to be able to contribute to Red Cross’ emergency response efforts”, says Helle Pedersen, senior manager, Corporate Social Responsibility in DSV.
The disaster relief equipment reached the Bahamas late Wednesday night.
Danish Red Cross is sending two smaller base camps to the Bahamas, not because the need for help is small, but because they need to be able to adapt to the situation upon arrival.
“The infrastructure and means of transportation are in such a bad state on the islands that it’s really hard to get to the affected areas and to assess the damages accurately,” Nielsen says. “With smaller camps, we are more agile, and we can provide help directly from the affected area. That also provides a better view of exactly which type of help is needed in a certain area.”
Delegates from International Red Cross/Red Crescent societies from all around the world will stay in the base camps for 3-5 weeks. The camps consist of tents, sleeping bags, a generator, a small kitchen and field rations and provides for 10 people each. These delegates are experts within community engagement, providing shelter, purifying water. They’re also relief workers, who are experts in finding necessities like food and distributing it to the people who need it most.
To increase the impact of their efforts, the International Red Cross/Red Crescent is working on different initiatives for the victims of Hurricane Dorian. For more information on how you can help, visit your local Red Cross/Red Crescent website for more information.