Responding to Hurricane Dorian

September 9, 2019

In dynamic emergency situations, often the best way to offer assistance is by making financial donations to organizations with skilled teams in the location. NGOs and charities near an emergency location can direct the funding via their local teams with the best knowledge and skills to provide relief where it is most needed and will have the most impact.

The following is a partial listing of the many organizations accepting contributions for relief and assistance relative to recent natural disasters, particularly Hurricane Dorian that devastated the Bahamas and impacted other areas of the Atlantic coastline. The University of Notre Dame is not formally endorsing any of the organizations listed.

Americares saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster so they can reach their full potential. Americares teams are working with government authorities in the Bahamas to evaluate the extent of destruction, and provide healthcare assessments, emergency medical supplies and mental health services. 

American Red Cross has committed to providing a safe haven in Florida for those evacuating the Bahamas in response to Hurricane Dorian, including shelter, food, medical supplies and assessment, and emotional support. Red Cross responders are also supporting relief to impacted communities throughout the southeast United States. 

Catholic Charities USA supports disaster response and recovery efforts including direct assistance, home repair, home rebuilding, health care services and other programs. Catholic Charities uses case management that enables long-term disaster recovery and directs all funds raised to CCUSA agencies which serve affected agencies in North Carolina and the southeast coast of the United States.

Catholic Relief Services is working in the Bahamas to provide emergency shelter, water, food, and hygiene supplies to affected residents. They continue to assess where resources are needed most in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in collaboration with local authorities.

Mercy Corps is distributing solar lanterns to the heavily impacted islands of Abacos and Grand Bahama, and will continue to assess damage and provide emergency kits in the coming weeks. 

Save the Children distributes aid to affected families in the Bahamas and North Carolina, with a particular emphasis on children, by providing immediate relief and supporting the return of local agencies that serve children. 

UNICEF delivered its first shipment of emergency aid days after Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas, and will continue to provide access to sanitary water and other supplies in the coming weeks. 

World Central Kitchen, founded by chef José Andrés, is providing thousands of fresh meals daily to those affected by Hurricane Dorian in Abacos, Grand Bahama, and Nassau. 

World Vision provides emergency services to Americans impacted by Hurricane Dorian in North Carolina and along the southeast coastline including water, temporary shelter, hygiene kits, diapers, and flood muck-out kits. 


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