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.
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.
Go to www.cidi.org/hurricane-dorian to find out how you can help those affected by Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas. For more information on the U.S. Agency for International Development's response to Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas, visit this webpage.