With sustained winds of 185 mph and gusts up to 220 mph at the time of landfall in The Bahamas, Dorian destroyed everything in its path.
By Wednesday the storm tide reached 20 to 25 ft (6.1 to 7.6 m) flooding the islands. It is estimated that 70,000 people have been left homeless and 45 people have been killed while hundreds are still missing.
Employees at Atlantic Sapphire which is located in Miami, Florida came together and started a campaign to help their Bahamian neighbors.
“The Atlantic Sapphire team is contributing to the efforts to alleviate the impact of the devastating Hurricane Dorian by sending supplies such as non-perishable food, drinks, cleaning supplies, and emergency tools and generators to The Bahamas,” said Johan Andreassen, chief executive officer for Atlantic Sapphire.
Help those affected
“Atlantic Sapphire is following the unfortunate developments in The Bahamas regarding the destructive storm. The Atlantic Sapphire team swiftly activated a campaign to collect a diverse range of items from employees and other players and is collaborating with Miami-Dade County which is in charge of transporting the goods. Atlantic Sapphire hopes that this employee led initiative can help those affected by the events.
“However, we are aware of the magnitude of this catastrophe, and we are calling for a wider contribution from other actors to achieve stronger results in the task of helping The Bahamas community through these difficult times.
“Our fellow neighbour’s in the Bahamas lost everything by fierce Hurricane Dorian. The people in the affected areas are in desperate need for help. Our team at Atlantic Sapphire has worked this week to gather supplies that will be sent over the Gulfstream as a contribution to our neighbour’s. We encourage other companies to do the same.”
Atlantic Sapphire was not in Dorians path but caused Florida residents concern due the proximity of the hurricane. Miami, Florida was only 120 miles from the eye of the hurricane.
“Atlantic Sapphire’s Homestead operation was far away from the storm’s center. We had no power outages, no damage to the buildings and construction site, and most importantly for our operations, no negative impact on the fish,” said Andreassen.
The category 5 hurricane in The Bahamas has left behind $7 billion in damages and destruction. By Saturday Dorian was downgraded to a category 4 hurricane with waters slowly receding.
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