Hurricane Dorian struck the northern Bahamas as a Category hurricane on Sunday and stalled over the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island for two days. The destructive winds, torrential rains, and relentless flooding have probably destroyed more than, households and wiped out much of the substructure, especially in the Abacos.
Aid expert speaks there will be immediate emergency needs before the long, arduous task of rebuilding initiates.
Live updates as the storm turn toward the southeast coast of the United States.
Several organizations are working in the Bahamas:
The Red Cross has volunteered in the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama. Shelter, food, water, medicine, and communications are the most urgent needs, noted Stephen McAndrew, the deputy director for the Americas of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies.
“All shelter materials are going to be extremely needed,” he noted. “We recognize that there will be a need for a psychological assistant. That will continue.”
Universal Giving has established the Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund to create available emergency supplies and long-term assistance to aid in rebuilding.
Worldwide Central Kitchen, set up by the chef José Andrés, provides food to people after natural disasters. Andrés and a relief team have arrived in Nassau, the capital, and have begun to identify places where they have to set up kitchens on the affected islands.
HeadKnowles is a Bahamian organization that established relief operations throughout Hurricane Matthew in and Hurricane Joaquin in. They have set up a site through Go Fund us.
Yacht Aid Universal has set up “Operation Topaz” to bring emergency supplies like food, tarps, hygiene kits and medicine to Grand Bahama in addition to Abaco Islands. The organization works with yachts in the region to coordinate the assistant.
Team Rubicon, an organization of veterans that provides disaster relief, is in the Bahamas.
Charity Navigator gives this list of reputable charities that are working in the Bahamas.
Prime Minister Hubert Minnis noted people wishing to aid could donate to the Salvation Army, which works closely with the government s National Emergency Management Agency.
Waterkeeper Alliance, a charity that works with local partners to preserve water ecosystems and combat for clean water, is taking donations on behalf of its affiliate in Grand Bahama, Save the Bays. Type in “Bahamas” on its donation site.
The Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation was set up by the Grand Bahama Port ity, which acts as the municipal authority for Freeport, the chief city on the island. The site offers prescriptions on how to help, including several addresses where donors have to drop off supplies in the United States.
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