The Bahamas was scourged by Hurricane Dorian, leaving thousands of people without power and in need of water, food and shelter.
Below are nine ways you can help the victims Dorian left behind:
1. Donate unused hurricane supplies:
Many Florida residents were left with more supplies than they could use. Instead of trying to return bottled water, canned food etc., you can donate the items to Good360 or other participating relief organizations listed below.
2. Volunteers needed:
Roll up your sleeves and help! All Hands and Hearts Smart Response is looking for volunteers and monetary donations. The group provides first-hand relief to those hit by the storm.
3. Help provide meals:
World Central Kitchen’s Chef José Andrés set up a kitchen in the Bahamas and is feeding the victims of Dorian.
4. Medical supplies and vaccines:
Heart to Heart International sent mobile medical units to the Bahamas stocked with medical supplies and vaccines. It is accepting donations to support the supplies and teams.
International Medical Corps, which sends medical teams to disaster areas, is looking for donations to help with medical care.
5. Animals need help, too:
The Humane Society has transported animals out of harm’s way from shelters across Florida’s east coast.
To help in its mission, donate here:
6. Donate blood:
The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations following a summer shortage. You can schedule an appointment to give blood with the American Red Cross by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or activating the Blood Scheduling Skill for Amazon Alexa.
7. Provide Emergency assistance to survivors and first responders:
If you donate to help Dorian victims through The Salvation Army, 100% of your donation goes to relief efforts, according to the organization’s website.
8. Pilots, fuel and medical professionals needed:
There is a need for aircraft, pilots, fuel and medical professionals. To volunteer, call the Abaco Relief Hotline at 407-497-1138.
Air Unlimited is focusing on sending the following donations that meet the most critical needs first, which is a list provided to Rep. Plakon's office from the Bahamian government: Non-perishable foods, lightweight non-perishable high protein food items (MRI's), medical supplies; Band-Aids of all sizes, rubbing alcohol, ace bandages, personal sanitary items; soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, diapers & baby wipes, water, water tablets, dog & cat food, tarps, solar lights, flashlights, batteries, blankets & pillows.
9. Watch out for scams!
HOW TO HELP: Helping the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian
HOW TO HELP: Martie Salt WFTV and the Heart of Florida United Way's Jeff Hayward discuss ways you can help Hurricane Dorian victims. Read: at.wftv.com/2k1LL1PPosted by WFTV Channel 9 on Thursday, September 5, 2019
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