President Donald Trump on Friday night suggested that cruise ships provide shelter for Bahamians left homeless by Hurricane Dorian.
“The @USCG, @fema, and all others, along with other countries that have been helping, have been asked to move people in the badly hit sections of the Bahamas to other sections of the Bahamas that were not hit – and that are in good condition,” the president wrote on Twitter, referring to the US Coast Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “Any cruise ship companies willing to act as stationary housing, etc., I am sure would be appreciated!”
But FEMA is not playing a direct role in the assistance provided by the US to the Bahamas after the storm.
“As we respond to #Dorian’s impacts in the US, our partners at @USAID @theOFDA are supporting the Bahamas with their storm response & recovery,” the agency said on Twitter, referring to the US Agency for International Development and the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance. “They are working closely with @nemabahamas to coordinate help on behalf of the entire US government.”
Cruise ship companies, however, including Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Norwegian Cruise Line Holding Ltd. and Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, have already been involved in relief efforts in the Bahamas since the hurricane smashed into the islands, pulverizing entire neighborhoods and leaving at least 30 people dead.
“In the wake of Dorian, we’re mobilizing our fleet to help those who need it,” Royal Caribbean tweeted on Wednesday.
“We are loading all kinds of goods into our ships — generators, water, cleaning supplies, towels and more — for direct delivery to the Bahamas,” the company said in a statement.
Norwegian tweeted earlier this week that the liner Norwegian Breakaway was sailing for the islands with supplies.
The Coast Guard said in a statement on Friday that its ships and aircraft had rescued 205 people since Dorian struck the Bahamas.
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