How Relief Organizations are Helping Recovery Efforts in the Bahamas — And How You Can Help

How Relief Organizations are Helping Recovery Efforts in the Bahamas — And How You Can Help

September 12, 2019

September 12, 2019 - For nearly two days, the world watched as Hurricane Dorian, one of the strongest Atlantic storms on record, stalled over the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm. It carried maximum sustained destructive winds of 180 mph and brought torrential rains that caused catastrophic flooding, destroying thousands of homes and wiping out much of the infrastructure, particularly in the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island.

With new updates, heart-breaking headlines, and devastating images about Hurricane Dorian’s impact in the Bahamas being shared daily, we’re still learning the full extent of the needs of thousands of residents who experienced this unprecedented storm.

Over the last week, recovery efforts have (rightly) focused on immediate life-saving needs for the thousands of injured, displaced, or stranded residents in need of immediate care – food, water, shelter, and emergency medical assistance.

During this critical period, we’ve seen an incredible level of engagement and support among both our private sector partners as well as the non-profit organizations who are on the frontlines in the Bahamas providing direct assistance and resources to those in greatest need.

How Healthcare Ready is helping the Bahamas in the wake of Dorian

Healthcare Ready has also been active in recovery efforts, assisting community organizations in the Bahamas by connecting them to resources and helping to establish partnerships across the sector. As part of our efforts to meet the needs of survivors during this time of recovery, we’ve leveraged our network of generous donors and connected them with our partners and other organizations who are meeting patients’ emergent needs.

Through communication, coordination, and flexibility, our team remains engaged to support the relief efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Dorian, providing assistance to our partners and community organizations.

Shifting from immediate needs to long-term rebuilding of the Bahamas

And, as important as immediate needs are, we’re seeing how organizations are beginning to balance their work with the more long-term task of rebuilding the affected communities in the Bahamas. This process will require continued, efficient engagement from various sectors to help get recovery efforts underway.

How to make the most of your donations to Hurricane Dorian victims in the Bahamas

Disasters like Hurricane Dorian create a tremendous need for help, but also create an immense desire to provide that help. To help organizations balance the work of providing both immediate relief and also the flexibility to engage in the long-term rebuilding process, cash donations to reputable relief organizations who are on the ground are a fantastic way to help.

Why cash donations are the best way to help sustainable recovery in the Bahamas

Cash donations can support sustainable recovery in the Bahamas, and here’s why:

  1. Cash donations enable organizations to spend more time providing aid and less time managing goods. Donations of supplies can be overwhelming and require much-needed “people power” and infrastructure to process—the very things a hurricane wipes out. With floods damaging many streets and storage facilities not available, there is simply no place to store or distribute and transport products. Cash donations can reach organizations and avoid the transportation costs, shipping delays, and customs fees that supply donations incur.
  2. Cash donations allow organizations to purchase relief supplies in the local market, which stimulates the local economy, boosts employment, and ultimately generates cash flow to get the economy back on its feet.
  3. Cash donations give local organizations the flexibility they need to respond as needs change over time. Frontline organizations in the Bahamas are telling us that the Hurricane Dorian recovery period will be extremely long and that needs will change over time. Cash donations give organizations the flexibility to purchase supplies in real time that are relevant to current relief needs.

How you can help Hurricane Dorian survivors in the Bahamas

Your contributions can make a difference and will help provide direct assistance to the thousands of Dorian survivors as they navigate the long road to recovery. Healthcare Ready is proud to support the organizations working around the clock to provide assistance for survivors in the Bahamas.

Melanie Mackin

Melanie is an intern for Healthcare Ready, where she provides support on a variety of projects. She graduated from Elon University in 2017, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health Studies with a Socio-Cultural Context. During her undergraduate career, Melanie worked with a local housing authority to help create health promotion experiences for residents, including a series on nutrition education. Melanie is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Epidemiology at The George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. She is passionate about behavioral and mental health conditions, specifically anxiety and mood disorders among adolescents, and understanding them as determinants to various health outcomes,