How to Help After Hurricane Dorian

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The footage coming out of the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian is sobering. Bahamian citizens are asking for help even as the storm continues to batter the islands, and communities up and down the United States’ east coast are scrambling to prepare for impact. In social media posts about the destruction, we keep seeing one question asked over and over: “What can we do to help?”

If you want to contribute to Hurricane Dorian relief efforts, here are some options for you:

Support the First Responders

Some major nonprofits have already deployed help to the Bahamas, and many others are preparing to offer relief in the Bahamas and the United States. The American Red Cross is, as usual, one of the first to arrive on the scene, and they’re asking for donations to help. You can make a gift here. The International Medical Corps is also preparing to get to the Bahamas quickly, bringing much-needed supplies and offering healthcare to residents. You can support their efforts here. You can also support Heart to Heart International, which is preparing to deploy relief efforts across areas in the US affected by Dorian and is working with partners to administer aid in the Bahamas. You can support them here.

Find the Helpers

No matter how devastating a storm is, there are always people waiting to help. Already, several nonprofits in our area (in Central Florida) are preparing to shuttle food, medicine, building materials, and other supplies to the Bahamas. If you want to support a smaller nonprofit, here are some great options.

Give People a Place to Stay

Airbnb has launched their “Open Homes Program” and are offering free housing to people displaced by Hurricane Dorian and to disaster relief workers who are involved in recovery. If you’re interested in opening your home to people who need a safe place to stay (or if you know someone who needs a place to stay), check out this Airbnb page.

Keep an Eye on This Page for Updates

As more and more nonprofits mobilize to send relief, supplies, and aid to those affected by Hurricane Dorian, we’ll update this list.

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