hurricane Joaquin update
In the meantime, we've been in touch with many of our friends throughout the islands and are happy to report that everyone we've reached is fine and moving ahead with a strong attitude of unity and planning for rebuilding and repairs in the places where that is required. As everyone knows, the southern Bahamas was hit the hardest, with extensive damage in southern Long Island, Crooked and Acklins Islands, San Salvador, Rum Cay, and parts of Cat Island.
While the government of Prime Minister Perry Christie has been widely criticized for a slow and inadequate response to people in need of aid, the government has said they've responded the best they could to the "freak nature" of the hurricane, which fooled some model predictions and weather prognosticators. Well, we've seen governments in other places react slowly also, but at this point, many relief efforts are underway, including many sponsored by individuals, companies, and organizations.
And a special thanks to Nervous Waters.Although their lodges; Bair’s, on South Andros and Abaco Lodge, on Abaco, were both unaffected by the hurricane, Nervous Waters has set up a disaster relief fund to help friends throughout the island nation. For every dollar contributed to its Bahamas Out Island Hurricane Relief effort the company will match those funds up to $10k.In addition, the Bahamas Fly Fishing Hurricane Relief Fund was created to help members of the fly fishing industry who need help getting their businesses back up and running.
Andy Smith (Broad Shad Cay Lodge), Charlie Neymour (Big Charlie's Lodge), Frankie Neymour (Two Boys Inn) and other friends on Andros report they are open for fly fishing, and are already welcoming fall anglers to their lodges.
More information on relief efforts and ways to contribute: