Pandemic making a bad situation worse for Dorian victims

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April 21, 2020

Nearly eight months after she lost her home in Hurricane Dorian, Beverly Sawyer, 55, said she feels totally unprepared for the upcoming hurricane season.

Sawyer said COVID-19 is complicating the recovery process.

“I don’t know what we’re going to do because so much work has not been done over these last four weeks because of these lockdowns. We’re going to be in a bad state if we get a hurricane,” she said.

Sawyer added, “Some roofs have been fixed, but there are still a lot of people with blue tarps on their roofs not completed because they don’t have the money to buy the materials, or they got the money to buy the materials, but can’t pay someone to fix it.”

Dorian flattened parts of Abaco and Grand Bahama last September, killing at least 70 people and leaving thousands homeless.

Sawyer, who worked as a legal assistant before the storm, was living in a tent up until February. She said she is now in a dome on her property.

“It’s not completed because of the virus,” she said. “The contractor and his men went back to Nassau for the weekend with the intent of coming back and then got stuck in Nassau. So, it’s livable, but it’s not finished.”

She said that despite having applied to the Department of Social Services months ago for appliance assistance and extended unemployment benefits, she and others she knows have heard nothing back and received no funds.

“They have not reached out to facilitate the many ways in which they said they would assist Abaco. I’ve been waiting since the end of January when I applied for a social services grant to buy a stove and a refrigerator. Application in, and not a word. And I’m not the only one.

“[M]arch 1st, they had us apply for the extended 13 weeks of unemployment pay — nothing yet. I keep on checking with National Insurance.”

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News date : 04/21/2020    Category : Covid-19, About Bahamians, Nassau Guardian Stories

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