The Bahamas Stop Off and Drop Off Wish List

The Most In-Demand Rebuilding Supplies and Relief Items
Hurricane Joaquin
The central and southern Bahamas are in desperate need of rebuilding supplies. Courtesy Lindsay Gigler

In October 2015, the most powerful Atlantic basin storm in six years, Hurricane Joaquin, wreaked havoc across the central and southern Bahamas. Families lost power and access to food and water. Hundreds of homes and community centers were razed to their foundations by the storm surge.

Rebuilding has begun, but these beautiful island communities still have enormous challenges ahead. The Bahamas Stop Off and Drop Off campaign asks the divers, anglers and captains who visit these islands to lend a hand (or a hammer) during their Caribbean travels. Those who donate building materials, equipment and relief items (foodstuffs, hygiene products, etc.) will receive a night of free slip space for their generosity. Learn how to contact each island’s Stop Off and Drop Off coordinators.

Anyone with Internet access can donate funds to the Long Island Runner News’ Hurricane Joaquin relief CrowdRise page, but local volunteers need supplies and tools as soon as possible. Every wood board, nail and pallet of water bottles handed off directly to Stop Off and Drop Off organizers brings a new beginning that much closer for devastated Bahamians.

Hurricane Joaquin, Crooked Island, Bahamas
Crooked Island was among the hardest hit islands in the Bahamas. Courtesy Lindsay Gigler

Building Supplies Wish List:

Plywood Sheets for Roofing and Building (½” or ⅝”)
Wood 1-by-4 (pressure-treated, if possible)
Wood 2-by-4 – (pressure-treated, if possible)
Wood 2-by-6 (pressure-treated, if possible)
Sheetrock Screws
Shingles (three-tab, asphalt)
Nail Tabs / Tin Tabs
Nails (2½” and 3½”, hot-dipped galvanized or stainless steel)
Nails for roofing (1″ or 1¼” ring shank)
Drip Cap / Drip Edge (metal or PVC)
Hurricane Clips for Roofing
Roofing Underlay (ice & water shield or Weather Watch)
Roofing Underlay (30 lb., felt — if using felt, must have tin tabs or nail tabs)
Joint Compound
Taping Knife and Pan (for joint compound)
Paper Drywall Tape
Plain White Ceramic Indoor Floor Tiles
Thin-Set Mortar / Thin-Set Cement
Grout for Tiles
Tile Scorer
Notch Trowel
Grout Float
Tile Crimpers / Mason’s Trowel
Paint (indoor & outdoor)
Paint Primer
Paint Rollers, Brushes, Extension Sticks, Paint Pans

Tools Wish List:

Hammers, saws, skill saws, bubble levels, squares, screw guns, drills, bits and tips, measuring tape, chalk, chalk line, pliers, silicone sponges, buckets, ladders, wrenches and screwdrivers

Home Furnishings Wish List:

Beds (mattresses, box springs, bed frames)
Bed Sheets
Blankets, Comforters, Throws
Doors (indoor & outdoor)
Doorknobs, Locks
Extension Cords (heavy-duty and regular)
Appliances (refrigerators, stoves, freezers, washers and dryers)
Pots, Pans, Plates, Bowls, Cups and Silverware
Fans (standing and ceiling)


Relief Items Wish List:

Medical Supplies (antibiotic ointments, aspirin, ibuprofen, Tylenol, Band-Aids, rubbing alcohol, gauze, peroxide and hydrocortisone cream)
Insect Repellents (Raid, Off Deep Woods)
Beverages (water, soft drinks, juices, coffee and tea)
Creamer (evaporated milk or canned cream)
Food Items (rice, flour, sugar, canned goods and cereals)
Shampoo and Conditioner
Toilet Tissue
Deodorants and Lotions
Small Household Appliances and Housewares
Feminine Products and Toiletries
Baby Items (Pampers, clothes, baby food and formula, baby medicine like Calpol, children’s Tylenol)
School Supplies (notebooks, workbooks, pencils, pens, toys, reading and activity books)
Adult and Child Clothes
Adult and Child Shoes