The American Red Cross has committed an initial $2 million to assist in meeting the immediate needs of those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, while continuing to provide shelter and food to thousands of people in the United States.
The storm left unbelievable devastation behind in the Bahamas. Abaco and Grand Bahama were particularly hard hit. Initial aerial assessments show widespread devastation to the islands, from destroyed homes to contaminated water sources.
The first Red Cross aid flight landed in Nassau from Panama with 38 tons of relief supplies on board. Two additional flights are planned for this weekend. In terms of current Red Cross response, Red Cross volunteer EMTs and nurses have been helping people evacuated from Abaco and landing at the airport. They are providing first aid and transporting people back and forth to hospitals.
Red Cross organizations involved in the relief operation include the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), French Red Cross, American Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross, German Red Cross, Danish Red Cross, Ecuadorian Red Cross and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
HOW YOU CAN HELP
You can make a difference in the lives of people impacted by Hurricane Dorian in both the U.S. and the Bahamas. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word DORIAN to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. In the U.S., this includes providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance. In the Bahamas, the American Red Cross has committed an initial contribution of $2 million to support relief efforts and is partnering with the IFRC and the Bahamas Red Cross to help the islands recover.
For those interested in helping people specifically in the Bahamas, they should write “Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas” in the memo line of a check and mail it to their local Red Cross chapter with the completed donation form available at http://redcross.org/donate.