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Hurricane Joaquin Impacts The Bahamas


October 2, 2015


PDC map displaying islands that have reported damage, based on preliminary reports received by The Bahamas NEMA.

PDC continues to provide direct response support as Hurricane Joaquin impacts portions of south and central Bahamas. According to the latest alert from Government of The Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the cyclone is expected to remain in the area through tomorrow. Joaquin is an extremely dangerous category 4 system with threatening wind, rainfall, surf, and storm surge. 

For over five years, PDC has been working with NEMA, The Bahamas National Geographic Information Systems (BNGIS) Centre, the U.S. Northern Command, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), and other stakeholders, helping them prepare for a scenario such as this. Today, our partners in the islands are even better equipped to assist one another, and are familiar with the resources PDC can continue to deliver, like the situational awareness map above.

PDC has been issuing various products to disaster management officials, like this Estimated Impacts report, through the Emergency Operations (EMOPS) system.

Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) will continue supporting NEMA, BNGIS, and others responding to the effects of Joaquin across the country.
As forecast models have come into better agreement, landfall along the United States coast has become less likely. Additionally, the National Weather Service Marine Forecast indicates that Joaquin should begin a weakening trend Saturday afternoon, with lingering adverse conditions continuing to affect areas surrounding the cyclone into next week.

If you are an emergency manager or humanitarian assistance practitioner and would like access to DisasterAWARE through the Emergency Operations (EMOPS) system, click here.

For more information:

To read about PDC’s history in The Bahamas:
• View articles about the 2015 or 2014 Knowledge Exchange
• Read about the first PDC-NEMA Knowledge Exchange event series
• Learn how PDC assisted Northern Bahamas with disaster preparedness

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To keep yourself up-to-the-minute about hazards and disasters:

For the latest Weather and Disaster News, use the PDC Weather Wall.

While you are thinking of hazards, think of preparedness. PDC provides disaster preparedness information, including printable instructions for assembling a Disaster Supply Kit and rehearsing a Family Disaster Plan.

For more information on DisasterAWARE products:

  • For details, see the Training Guide for Web-accessible Disaster Alert,
  • Read and understand more about custom versions, such as DMRS and VinAWARE,
  • Watch the ASEAN DMRS video on YouTube.

About PDC:

Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) envisions a safer, more secure world—where populations live in more disaster-resilient communities informed by science and technology, and equipped with sound decision support tools. To help make that vision a reality, PDC is dedicated to supporting evidence-based disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts by providing actionable information and applications to the public and disaster managers worldwide. PDC, a program managed by the University of Hawaii, was established by the U.S. government in 1996.