As Hurricane Dorian batters the Bahamas, residents are reporting widespread devastation -- homes ripped apart, water covering everything in its path. Families are trapped and lives lost. Right now, the U.S. Coast Guard is helping the Bahamas Royal Police rescue people from their homes. And we're just beginning to understand how bad the damage is.
You can help raise funds for supplies and assistance that's so desperately needed.
Several U.S. charities are sending medical teams, tarps, radios, food, water and other relief supplies. You can contribute by clicking here .
For those in New York City who want to help or donate, The Bahamas Consulate is taking donations. You can donate any nonperishable items and clothing by bringing them to 231 East 46th Street. See a list at the bottom of this article for the types of emergency relief supplies needed most.
You can also mail financial donations in the form of check or money order to the address above, with the memo/label: "Hurricane Dorian Relief."
International Medical Corps is raising funds for the ravaged areas. Click here for more information.
HeadKnowles organized relief operations during Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Joaquin in 2015. They have set up a site through GoFundMe to help victims of Hurricane Dorian. Click here for more information .
We will keep you informed as the storm moves along the U.S. east coast and more opportunities to help become available.
Immediate assistance supplies needed include:
- tents, 20-to-30 person sized
- adult-sized cots
- hygiene kits - pampers, baby wipes, sanitary napkins, deodorant, toothpaste, soap, baby formula
- Potable/purified water
- Non-perishable food items
- First aid items - sterile bandages/gauze (all sizes), medical tape
- Portable generators (15kw to 25kw)
- Chainsaws (about 20)
- Plastic tarpaulin - 2000 rolls
- Debris removal tools - shovels, rakes, axes, wheel barrows
- Portable single and double-burner stoves
- Portable outdoor lamps/lights
- Water purification kits
- Insect repellents
- Portable radios
- Portable potty
- Cleaning supplies/disinfectants - bleach, brooms, mops, pinesol, garbage bags
UNICEF is on the ground, providing assistance to Abaco, the area of the Bahamas they say was most affected by Hurricane Dorian. UNICEF USA is also monitoring Dorian's impacts in Georgia and the Carolinas. Donate to UNICEF here: www.unicefusa.org/dorian .