Hurricane Dorian became “the strongest hurricane in modern records” to hit the Bahamas, according to the National Hurricane Center. The slow-moving storm has caused massive flooding, including constructional damage in the Bahamas and continued to move slowly along the eastern coast of the U.S., impacting several states along our shores. As we begin to see the full effects, here are partners who are currently responding to the most immediate needs.
View the Hurricane Dorian Coordination Webinar held on September 9.
Businesses wanting to assist with Hurricane Dorian recovery efforts can use the following resources to coordinate their efforts and make sure they are meeting the immediate and long-term needs of the communities on the ground.
- To offer medical assistance through the Bahamas Ministry of Health, click on “Volunteer Forms” at this link.
- Up-to-date information and needs from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Agency
- USAID Center for International Disaster Information
- USAID CIDI Call Center (202-661-7710): In times of sudden onset disaster, USAID CIDI’s Call Center opens to coordinate private sector engagement and donations inquiries from 900-1700ET.
- UNOCHA Humanitarian Response
Access the Corporate Aid Tracker to see what businesses are doing to assist the Hurricane Dorian relief effort.
U.S. Chamber Foundation Resources
- Small Business Preparedness and Recovery Quick Guides, made possible by Shell.
- U.S. Chamber Foundation's Resilience in a Box, made possible by the UPS Foundation.
- To reach the U.S. Chamber Foundation's Global Resilience Director, please contact Brooks Nelson
- Our Disaster Help Desk Line is available at 1-888-MY-BIZ-HELP, powered by the PwC Charitable Foundation.
- Finally, to watch the recording of our Hurricane Dorian coordination webinar, click on this link.
Learn more about organizations who are currently providing aid on the ground.
Airlink is coordinating with partners and have begun transporting responders to assist the most heavily impacted areas.
All Hands and Hearts arrives early and stays late (e.g. we are still working in TX, PR, etc), and this hurricane is no different. Their International Response team is deploying to Abeco. Based on remote assessments, previous work in the region, donor interest, and very high volunteer interest so far, they will likely do 3-6 months of response work (e.g. debris removal and mucking/gutting) followed by 12+ months of recovery work (e.g. home and school reconstruction). Learn more here.
ALAN has been actively monitoring several disasters, including Hurricane Dorian, and is frequently updating their site with the latest updates and needs.
Bahamas Red Cross volunteers and pre-positioned relief supplies—such as tarps, hygiene items, jerrycans, and hand-crank cell phone chargers—are at the ready.
In the U.S., the American Red Cross is preparing to help tens of thousands of people in the path of Hurricane Dorian as the extremely dangerous storm tracks towards the southeast coast. While the exact path of Dorian is still uncertain, millions of people live in areas that could be impacted by wind, rain, flooding and a high storm surge, even if the storm doesn’t make direct landfall on the coast.
The Red Cross is coordinating with community partners and emergency responders to prepare evacuation centers as planning estimates indicate as many as 60,000 people in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina may need help.
Americares intends to deploy a team to the Bahamas to conduct needs assessments and determine the best response interventions. Americares has reached out to over 200 on-going partners and continues to coordinate with state and local emergency management agencies and NGO partners, as Dorian makes its approach to the US.
Direct Relief staff are on the ground, monitoring Dorian’s path, and ready to respond as required.
Through formal agreements with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, the Pan American Health Organization, and dozens of NGO and government entities, including in the Bahamas, Direct Relief is able to deploy emergency resources rapidly.
Emergency caches of medicine have been pre-positioned already across the Caribbean, Florida and the Eastern seaboard.
Good360 has launched a major humanitarian effort to get critically needed relief supplies to impacted communities in the Bahamas. We have already secured commitments for more than $1 million in donated goods destined for the islands.
At this stage, one of their most important tasks is to ensure “last mile verification” — making sure that the supplies they are procuring from donors actually reach the people who need it most.
With about 77,000 people across the affected islands in the Bahamas, International Medical Corps has a team member on the ground with additional response experts on standby to deploy once conditions allow. It stands ready to ramp up our response efforts should international assistance be requested.
On its current track, life-threatening storm surges and dangerous winds are still expected along Florida and the southeast coast up to Virginia. At the request of the Florida Department of Health, International Medical Corps’ medical teams are in Florida providing healthcare as the storm affects the state.
Mercy Corps is mobilizing a team of emergency responders — which includes members from our Puerto Rico team — to the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian’s landfall.
NetHope is currently setting up vital communication networks and temporary power in the Bahamas to connect response organizations, allowing them to efficiently coordinate recovery and distribute food, water, and medications to the communities most in need. NetHope. a consortium of 56 leading global nonprofits and more than 60 of the top technology companies, brings together the expertise of the tech sector with the on-the-ground experience of global nonprofits to create a network for committed, forward-looking organizations to address the immediate needs of those affected by emergencies.
Operation Blessing’s U.S. Disaster Relief Team is moving equipment to pre-staged in the Carolinas, to prepare for Dorian’s impact. In the Bahamas, Operation Blessing teams will soon arrive with emergency relief for the beleaguered survivors.
Project HOPE has deployed an initial response team, including volunteer medical personnel, to the Bahamas to provide health care and humanitarian assistance where it is needed most. We’ve activated our volunteer roster of medical personnel for additional deployments and are working with partners to coordinate shipments of health and hygiene supplies.
Save the Children's emergency response team stands ready to support the urgent needs of children and families affected by Hurricane Dorian.
Team Rubicon’s National Operations Center (NOC) has been closely monitoring the storm to see where TR can strategically pre-stage personnel, tech, assets, and resources to possible affected areas. Teams at the NOC have issued requests for additional personnel to ensure the rapid response has robust support as they await the next batch of storm updates.
The Salvation Army Freeport Corps is currently the main base for Salvation Army operations on Grand Bahama.
SBP engages five strategic interventions, which range from hands-on rebuilding work to highly influential government advisory work to respond to disasters. Currently, SBP working with partners to procure solar-powered generators and desalination systems, which will be transported to the Bahamas within the next few days. Additionally, SBP is preparing to send a team to the Bahamas to meet nonprofit partners, municipal leaders and to assess how SBP can be most helpful.
Since Sunday, Water Mission’s disaster response team has been working to provide emergency safe water solutions to people in dire need in the Bahamas.
WCK’s Chef Relief Team is currently on the grounds in Great Abaco and Grand Bahama. Chef José Andrés and his team of about a dozen people from World Central Kitchen are aiming to deliver 30,000 meals daily to the Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands that felt the brunt of Dorian's wrath.
World Hope International (WHI) is in the Bahamas actively responding to the devastation of Hurricane Dorian and using boats to reach people where no flights can. WHI is harnessing solar power to produce clean and drinkable water from the sea, distributing emergency supplies, removing debris, and more.