Cruise Ships Can Shelter Hurricane Victims, President Trump Says

   September 7, 2019 ,   Accidents

President Trump Friday night, September 6, has suggested that cruise ships can provide shelter for Bahamians left homeless by Hurricane Dorian.

The current US President wrote on Twitter that "@USCG, @fema, and all others, along with other countries" that had been helping, had been asked to move people in the badly hit sections of the Bahamas to other sections of the Bahamas that had not been hit – and that were in good condition, referring to the USCG and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He added that "any cruise ship companies willing to act as stationary housing, etc., would be appreciated.”

FEMA is not a direct role player in the assistance provided by the United States to the Bahamas following the storm. The agency said on Twitter that as they responded to Dorian’s impacts in the USA, their partners at @USAID @theOFDA were supporting the Bahamas with their storm response and recovery, referring to the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance and the US Agency for International Development. 

Large cruise ship companies (including Carnival, RCCL-Royal Caribbean, Walt Disney, NCL-Norwegian Cruise Line, Bahamas Paradise) have already been involved in relief efforts in the Bahamas since Dorian smashed into the islands, leaving at least 30 people dead.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) said in a statement on Friday that its fleet of aircraft and ships had rescued 205 people since the hurricane struck The Bahamas.