Response

The Eagles’ Wings Foundation provides emergency support to local government agencies affected by disaster impact.

Recovery

As communities recover from disaster impact, the Eagles’ Wings Foundation provides support every step of the way.

Volunteer

All services provided by the Eagles’ Wings Foundation are completed by a 100% volunteer staff of first responders.

Ongoing Hurricane Dorian Relief Update — Bahamas

ONGOING WORK UPDATE 11-4-19 - WE NEED YOUR HELP:

On September 1, the eye of Hurricane Dorian made landfall on the Abaco Islands with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph, making it the strongest hurricane on record to affect the Bahamas. On September 2, the eye of Dorian moved over the eastern end of Grand Bahama Island and drifted across the island, wreaking catastrophic destruction.

As soon as the storm cleared, Scott Lewis and the Pathfinders Task Force deployed to Abaco to assess the damage and begin relief work, clearing roads and debris, and distributing food, water and medical supplies. With substantial monetary donations from Bill Koch and Oxbow Carbon LLC, Hedrick Brothers Construction, The Community Foundation, Jones Foster PA, 3Natives Juice Company, The Hulitar Family Foundation, Baker Constructors LLC, The Baumer Trust, KaPow Boca, David Marshall & Associates--and many others--and a huge volunteer effort led by the downtown West Palm Beach business community, Rocco’s Tacos, Florida Power & Light, U&Me Moving (plus too many more to name!), The Eagles’ Wings Foundation (EWF) has already shipped 22 shipping containers (over 300 tons) of donated goods to Grand Bahamas and Abaco. The outpouring of donations, both physical and volunteer hours, made a huge difference to help the people immediately after the hurricane, but specific emergent needs still exist.

We have developed and continue to foster more extensive relationships with community leaders in Cooperstown, Foxtown and Treasure Cay. We are working closely with the principal of Cooperstown Junior High School and Cooperstown High School, as well as the administration of the Foxtown Primary School. Just yesterday, a large generator donated through EWF was hooked up and load-tested at Foxtown Primary School, supplying for the first time since the disaster enough power to help support classes, which only recently resumed there.

For all of the middle and high school students whose facilities were damaged heavily, there still is no school fit to attend, though it is among the local leadership’s top priorities to change that. Scott was back in Abaco Monday, and he met with the principal of the Sherlin Bootle School in Cooperstown. While he and his staff are trying hard to set up a virtual classroom for 75-100 local children, there is no running water yet, not even to flush the toilets. EWF has another duplicate sized generator being hooked up there this week, but with the size of the campus, one is not enough. These big generators are needed to get their facilities working again and needed to ensure backup power for future power failures.

Though many have helped with volunteer labor and invaluable donations, we are still in need of targeted financial and physical donations. We are grateful for the recently donated resources from our partner companies, Polyglass and Eastern Metal Supply. Currently we have an immediate need for sponsors of the following projects:

• Generators: 2-additional 25 kw industrial/military spec, including servicing, load testing, shipping, trucking, and installation via a Bahamian electrician – Cost: $30,000
• Shipping for 2,000+ rolls of peel and stick roofing material to assist over 1,000 homes with partial roof repairs - including all local transport, shipping, and Bahamas transport – Cost: $8,000
• Shipping for hurricane shutters for more than 100 homes including local transport, shipping and Bahamas transport – Cost: $5,500
• Sponsorship of Restoration of the Sherlin Bootle School campus – up to $300,000 for repair and upgrades of facilities, such as adding air conditioners to each classroom, furniture, sports field restoration and equipment, generators, school supplies, books, laptops, internet access via satellite, playground equipment, etc.

We are committed to the long-term recovery process of restoring and revitalizing these communities physically, mentally and spiritually. Your contributions directly impact many lives and you can leave a lasting legacy by donating to improve living conditions, educational facilities, and revitalizing local economies. We are grateful for your consideration and partnership in our mission to help local survivors help themselves. Thank you for providing critical support and thank you to everyone who has supported our efforts to date! www.ewfrelief.org

  1. Hurricane Dorian Update 9-4-19

    Posted By: John Simion on September 4 2019, 2:04 PM

    The Eagles Wings Foundation has sent a recon flight to the Bahamas today to check on locations where our fleet of 50 planes can land and deliver supplies to both Abaco and Grand Bahama Island. Here is a video showing the incredible devastation from the hurricane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZCptsYj27o To donate funds to help out with the […]

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  2. Hurricane Dorian

    Posted By: admin on September 1 2019, 8:32 PM

        Hurricane Dorian is set to be the most catastrophic storm to hit the Bahamas in recorded history. With hurricane winds subsiding hopefully by Wednesday morning, the Eagles’ Wings Foundation based in West Palm Beach, Florida is preparing to deploy an advanced team into Abaco, Bahamas to begin emergency response operations. The vulnerable population […]

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  3. Hurricane Florence Preparations

    Posted By: admin on September 11 2018, 7:26 PM

    The Pathfinders Task Force is preparing to deploy to the Carolinas for Hurricane Florence. We will be using Virtual Badge to help assist local responders and will be performing incident management duties as well as assisting with activities such as Points of Distribution, Search and Rescue, and Volunteer Management. If you would like to help […]

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  4. Volunteers

    Posted By: admin on July 23 2018, 4:56 PM

    The Eagles’ Wings Foundation is currently recruiting volunteers to support disaster response operations for the 2018 Hurricane Season! All of our missions are conducted by a 100% volunteer workforce, and we are always looking to expand our team of experienced first responders.   If you are interested in deploying with the Eagles’ Wings Foundation, please […]

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Emergency Management Professionals

Mass Care: The Eagles’ Wings Foundation provides local government agencies with emergency support for mass-care operations by combining spontaneous volunteers with professional first responders to create a force-multiplying effect for disaster response operations.

Training: Since 1999, the Eagles’ Wings Foundation has developed several Best Practices for managing spontaneous volunteers during disaster response operations, and provides training for local government agencies that wish to improve utilization of this invaluable resource during emergency operations.

Volunteer: 100% of missions conducted by the Eagles’ Wings Foundation are managed by first responder volunteers who dedicate their service to communities in need.