Update: Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Task Force in the Bahamas
Senior Officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Task Force in the Bahamas met with the Director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Captain (N) Stephen Russell and personnel from the Pacific Disaster Relief to coordinate operations for Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) with a focus on Damage Assessment and Food Distribution to Bahamian citizens affected by Hurricane Dorian.
That meeting took place on Monday 9 September 2019.
Senior Officers of the TTDF Task Force were airlifted by Helicopter on Tuesday 10 September 2019 from their base of operations in Nassau to conduct a reconnaissance of the Grand Bahama Islands to determine strategic relief operations.
Areas of Freeport and East Grand Bahama were highlighted as the places where the TTDF Task Force would focus operations for Damage Assessment and Food Distribution. The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Task Force will continue to be briefed daily by the officials from NEMA in Bahamas for tasks to be assigned and operations to be executed.
On Sunday 8 September 2019 one hundred (100) TTDF personnel left Trinidad to provide disaster relief and security to the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. The TTDF Task Force is expected to stay in the Bahamas for thirty days in the first instance for relief operations.
The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force remains committed to providing the Bahamas with support to aid the country to return to some relative normalcy.