About the Hurricane
Hurricane Dorian, the second strongest Atlantic storm on record and the strongest to ever strike The Bahamas, made landfall as a category 5 storm on the northern Bahamian island of Abaco midday on September 1 and on Grand Bahama Island September 2. It carried maximum sustained winds of 180 mph and a possible storm surge of 23 feet above normal tide levels. The storm has caused significant damage to infrastructure, knocked out electricity, and left many people displaced.
In response, local and international humanitarian organizations are working to address urgent needs and provide lifesaving assistance, including water, sanitation, and hygiene and shelter supplies, to the people who have been affected by this devastating storm.
For more information on USAID’s response to Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas, visit this webpage.
How You Can Help
When disasters occur anywhere in the world, Americans generously offer assistance to those in need. Decades of experience in disaster relief and recovery have shown that the best way to help people affected by disaster is to make cash donations to reputable relief and charitable organizations on the ground. These groups work closely with affected communities, and know what people need and how to strengthen recovery efforts.
Cash donations are the most efficient form of assistance. Unlike material donations, cash involves no transportation costs, shipping delays, or customs fees. It also enables relief organizations to spend more time providing aid by spending less time managing goods. Cash donations also allow relief supplies to be purchased in markets close to the disaster site, which stimulates the local economy, thereby boosting employment and generating cash flow to stimulate the local economy.
If you are considering making a monetary contribution to a relief organization, you can find detailed financial and programmatic information at GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and the Better Business Bureau.
Organizations Responding to Hurricane Dorian*
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USAID has launched an initiative with NeedsList to provide a real-time platform that works like a registry – compiling humanitarian needs from vetted nonprofits and matching them with corporate resources. If your company is interested in helping with the Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in The Bahamas, register on NeedsList and get connected with relief actors on the ground.
Hurricane Dorian Business Guide
The UN’s Hurricane Dorian Business Guide provides information on how the private sector can help The Bahamas crisis response.
Amazon recently mobilized two Amazon Air flights full of verified goods to partners operating on the ground in the Bahamas. Visit the “Disaster Relief by Amazon” team webpage for more information on Amazon’s response and how you can still help, linked here: https://www.amazon.com/disasterrelief
The National Emergency Management Agency is leading the Hurricane Dorian response efforts on behalf of The Government of the Bahamas. Financial donations can be sent to the Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund. You can also sign up here for donor registration, volunteer registration, NGO accreditation, and more.
About USAID CIDI
USAID created the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) in 1988 one month after Hurricane Gilbert made landfall as a Category 5 storm that affected 10 countries. An outpouring of unsolicited donations took up space needed to stage and deliver life-saving relief supplies, and USAID and other responders spent valuable time managing unneeded clothing, expired medicine, and other non-critical items. USAID established the Center to educate the public about the advantages of giving monetary donations to relief organizations and the downside of donating unsolicited material goods www.cidi.org. USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) leads and coordinates the U.S. government’s humanitarian assistance efforts overseas, responding to an average of 65 disasters in more than 50 countries every year. Learn More About USAID/OFDA