The Voices of Dorian

In September 2019, the world watched as Hurricane Dorian stormed through the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco as a Category 5 hurricane. During it’s 3-day journey through these islands, this storm erased any evidence of life in some neighbourhoods and communities, leaving behind a trail of trauma, heartbreak, sorrow, disbelief, and death.

Hurricane Dorian cannot be considered a one-off incident for The Bahamas. This hurricane is just the latest example of the impact of climate change on the environment and how we experience natural hazards in The Bahamas.

To redefine the next century of Climate Action and Disaster Preparedness, the Voices of the Survivors of Dorian need to be amplified to tell a more complete story — stories of movement and migration, hardship, struggle, recovery, and hope. The Bahamas is more than beautiful geology, wildlife, and scenic views. It’s a homeland—a place of history, library of cultural knowledge, a den of life and memories—to many.

We hope you’ll read, listen and learn about the experiences from The Voices of Dorian.


New Providence

“I didn’t think that Dorian was gonna be a killer storm.”

“I didn’t think that Dorian was going to be as massive and overwhelming as it became. I didn’t think that storm would slow to a stop. I didn’t think that we would have days of it’s tortute.”
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New Providence

“The feeling was kind of like hopelessness ‘cause you wanted to do something, but there was nothing you could do.”

“Jokingly I told her, ‘You don’t wanna be on no Family Island during no hurricane.’”

“The following Hurricane season, when they released the list of shelters, I started to pay attention”

“Back then it was just regular preparation. But now Dorian showed us that there’s a lot more we need to put in place to be prepared when we have hurricane coming.”


New Providence

“We have to start looking long-term instead of just reacting to these storms. When we try to just react we can never keep up.”

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Other Islands

“Hurricanes come, and they hit, and they go. What we saw with Dorian is that this was going to be a very unpredictable storm.”

“The storm just sat there. Like it wouldn’t leave.”

Share Your Story With Us

Have a connection to Hurricane Dorian you’re ready to share?

To redefine the next century of Climate Action and Disasters in The Bahamas, voices need to be amplified to tell a more complete story.

Can you remember your first hurricane experience? What was your experience of Hurricane Dorian? Do you think The Bahamas can handle another disaster at the level of hurricane dorian? What are you doing differently to prepare for the next hurricane?

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