More than a week after Hurricane Dorian pummeled the Bahamas, the work of assessing the damage and beginning to rebuild remains arduous. The official death toll is at 50 but is exptected to rise from the slow-moving, Category 5 hurricane that struck the islands. Thousands have been left homeless.
The government has estimated that up to 10,000 people from the Abaco islands alone will need food, water, and temporary housing as officials consider setting up tent or container cities while they clear the country’s ravaged northern region of debris so people can eventually return.
Many of the largest international relief organizations are accepting donations, both money and supplies, and volunteers, to aid Dorian victims.
People in the United States who still are searching for family members and friends in the Bahamas should contact the State Department’s Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747.
Here’s how to help:
■ All Hands and Hearts -- 508-758-8211
■ American Red Cross - 1-800-HELP NOW
■ Americares - 1-800-486-HELP
■ Caring for the Bahamas - 1-727-777-3204
■ People can also order supplies on Amazon to be sent to Bahamas.
■ Catholic Relief Services - 1-877-435-7277
■ Direct Relief International - 1-805-964-4767
■ Episcopal Relief and Development - 1-855-312-4325
■ Feed My Starving Children - 1-763-504-2919
■ Greater Miami Jewish Federation - 1-305.576.4000
■ Mercy Corps - 1-888-747-7440
■ Pan American Development Foundation - 1-202-458-3969
■ Salvation Army - 1-800-SAL-ARMY
■ Samaritan’s Purse - 1-828-262-1980
People can donate at https://www.samaritanspurse.org/our-ministry/hurricane-dorian-relief
■ People can sign up to volunteer at https://www.spvolunteer.org/project-response/209
■ Save the Children - 1-203-221-4000
■ The Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Fund and Foundation
■ The Smile Trust - 1-786-877-7826
■ UNICEF - 1-800-367-5437
■ World Central Kitchen - 1-202-844-6430
■ World Vision - 1-888-511-6548
Correspondent Sofia Saric contributed to this report.