Thursday 20 February, 2020

RBC Bahamas evacuates staff and their families from Abaco Island

RBC Royal Bank (RBC) says it has successfully evacuated its employees and their families from the Abaco Island in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

That's according to a statement issued on Friday.

“While many areas of The Bahamas were affected by Hurricane Dorian, conditions on Abaco are particularly severe,” said LaSonya Missick, Managing Director and Head of Personal Banking for RBC in The Bahamas.

“We acted to ensure the safety and security of our employees who were essentially stranded on the island. As conditions begin to normalize and the infrastructure is re-established, we will begin the process of restoring RBC banking services to our clients and the community.”

The RBC branch in Marsh Harbour was hit hard by the hurricane, the full extent of which is not yet known. As a result, the branch is closed until further notice.

RBC assures, however, that once conditions improve and there is a better understanding of the needs on the ground, it will look at ways to re-establish banking services for the community while clean-up efforts get underway.

“In this time of crisis the outpouring of support from our employees, clients, and communities across the Caribbean and in other parts of the world has been overwhelming,” Missick stated.

“Until there is more information and infrastructure, we’re asking everyone who wants to help to please donate to the Bahamas Red Cross. This organization is on the ground helping with water, food, first aid and other forms of relief and they need our support,” she adds.

RBC branches on New Providence, Exuma and Eleuthera are open for business and the Advice Centre is fully operational to help clients with their banking needs.

Clients with internet services can also access the bank’s digital and mobile platforms to perform most day-to-day banking transactions or they can visit an RBC ATM at various locations across the country.

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