8 Ways You Can Help The Bahamas In Its Hurricane Dorian Recovery Efforts

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Bahamas Prime Minister Hubbert Minnis (C) and US Coast Guard Admiral Scott A. Buschman (L) prepare to board a US Coast Guard plane for a reconnaissance flight to Hurricane Dorian devastated Abaco Island on September 3, 2019. (Photo by Jose Jimenez/Getty Images)
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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Sept 4, 2019: With 13,000+ houses damaged or destroyed including 45 percent of all dwellings on Abaco and Grand Bahama islands in the Bahamas according to the Red Cross, there is urgent need for supplies and monetary donations to assist the victims of Hurricane Dorian. Items needed included:

  • Water.
  • Ice.
  • Non-perishable foods.
  • Hygiene kits (tissue, toothpaste, toothbrushes, towels, sanitary napkins).
  • Cleaning supplies (bleach, mops, brooms, garbage bags, sponges, clothes pins).
  • Disinfectants.
  • Baby formula, bottles and supplies.
  • Jerry cans (plastic water bottles).
  • Beds, cots.
  • Blankets.
  • Portable toilets.
  • Flashlights.
  • Batteries.
  • Mosquito repellent (DEET-free).
  • Cooking utensils.
  • Temporary housing.
  • Tarpaulins.
  • Plastic sheeting.
  • Plywood.
  • Roof shingles.
  • Generators.
  • Chain saws.
  • Shovels.
  • Disposable plates and eating utensils.
  • Power banks.
  • Solar-powered chargers.
  • Portable radios (battery or crank).
  • Cloth bags or biodegradable bags.
  • First aid kits (bandages, gauze and tape).

Here are 8 ways you can help:

1: You can donate to The National Association of the Bahamas online. The non-profit organization is based in Miami and is supported by voluntary partnership of Bahamians and friends of the Bahamas, all working to better the communities in the Bahamas. Donations will be used to buy items that are deemed as immediate needs and including non-perishable food, clothes, and basic toiletries.

2: The Bahamian consulate in Miami has set up three drop-off sites where they will be collecting donated goods for those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. Here is where you can drop off donated items:

  • Rev. Archer- Christ Episcopal Church, 3481 Hibiscus Street, Coconut Grove, FL
    • Global Empowerment Movement 340 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL
    • Splender Realty, 1773 North State Road 7, Suite 200, Lauderhill, FL
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3: United Way
United Way of Miami-Dade and the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald have activated Operation Helping Hands to support the response, relief and recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas and surrounding areas impacted by this powerful storm.

To make a donation you can visit https://unitedwaymiami.org/ohh

United Way of Broward has activated the United Way Hurricane Dorian Fund to help with relief, rebuilding and recovery efforts in the Bahamas as well as any other areas that are affected by Hurricane Dorian. Donate to unitedwaybroward.org/donate.

4: Red Cross

The Red Cross is also collecting donations to help the people of the Bahamas. Donate here.

5: Neighbors 4 Neighbors
Neighbors 4 Neighbors is a nationally recognized nonprofit, created in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. The simple mission is to connect those in need with those who can help.
To donate, click here.

6: International Relief Teams
International Relief Teams has more than 1,000 disaster health kits at the ready for residents of Florida who may be impacted by Hurricane Dorian. The organization said it has been providing “humanitarian aid, including food, medicine, and relief supplies to families worldwide since 1988.” That includes in the wake of major natural disasters.

In 2017, International Relief Teams shipped more than $47,000 ready-to-eat meals to partner organizations in Victoria, Texas, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, amounting to more than 4,600 meals.

7: World Central Kitchen
World-renowned chef José Andrés is on the ground in the Bahamas getting ready to feed the people of there. He hopes to be able to be in the impacted areas by tonight. If kitchens are destroyed, his World Central Kitchen will build a makeshift one and cook in big paella pans.

World Central Kitchen has provided relief efforts for past storms, including in Puerto Rico for Hurricane Maria. Andrés and others collectively helped feed 3.6 million people.

8: Donate to the Global Empowerment Mission, another South Florida organization that is opening its warehouse in Little Haiti in Miami to entire collect mainly generators and chainsaws to their warehouse at 340 NE 59th terrace Miami, FL 33137. Supplies can be brought over from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 7 days a week. This will be sent on planes & barges immediately. All individuals who can contribute please email info@globalempowermentmission.org or donate by clicking the donate button above.

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