Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas and along the Atlantic Coast. While most of the cities and states originally predicted to be in the storms path were spared a Category 5 landfall, Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands were not so lucky. The islands suffered extensive damage and devastating loss of life as a result of the storm. The Outer Banks along the North Carolina Coast, especially Ocracoke Island, also have a long road ahead as they recover and rebuild. Restoring access to Cape Hatteras is expected to be especially difficult as flooding destroyed at least two large sections of highway.
Many areas impacted by the storm have suffered from wind damage, flooding, beach erosion and tornado damage. Organizations are already working hard to assist in the aftermath and help residents recover from this devastating storm. At Arwood Waste, we would like to encourage everyone to do what they can to support these efforts.
Because needs can change over time and there will be a long road to recovery for those affected, organizations assisting with recovery almost always prefer cash donations over material goods. This allows local organizations to assess needs and respond appropriately in real time. Blood supplies also run low with increased medical needs in disaster affected areas. Here are some of the organizations involved in this recovery and information how you can donate directly to support their efforts.
Blood collection agencies around the country are working to meet emergency blood supply needs. Eligible donors across America are encouraged to make donation appointments as soon as possible. American Red Cross is one of the organizations serving communities impacted by Hurricane Dorian. You can make an appointment online or contribute to the national blood supply through a donation center in your area.
Convoy of Hope is a nonprofit organization that provides aid domestically and abroad. They are currently accepting donations to assist with Hurricane Dorian disaster services. You can donate online or over the phone. You can also follow their efforts online, including updates on relief supply deliveries and the services they are providing.
American Red Cross provides emergency relief nationwide. In addition to encouraging blood and platelet donations, the American Red Cross is accepting monetary donations to aid those impacted by Hurricane Dorian. You can make a tax deductible donation by visiting www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-dorian-donations.html. To learn more about their services and response to Hurricane Dorian, visit redcrossblood.org.
Charity Navigator, the largest charity evaluator in America, has compiled a list of highly rated organization in the Bahamas and United States that are equipped to provide disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. According to Charity Navigator, these organizations “have pre-positioned resources to deliver food, emergency shelter, medical care, and other critical items to people impacted by this storm.”
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) has also launched its 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund. The fund is focused on “medium- and long-term recovery needs, which may include rebuilding homes and livelihoods; meeting the needs of vulnerable populations; supporting mental health services; and addressing pressing needs that will arise after immediate relief needs are met.” This fund is not specifically created to support those impacted by Hurricane Dorian, but it is designated to assist with recovery from any storm that may hit during the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane season.
However you choose to give, thank you for your donation.
Arwood Waste is not endorsing any of these organizations but we do encourage you to help in whatever way you can. Whether donating to one of these or any other organization, we recommend doing your own research. A great place to start is Charity Navigator. You can also verify an organizations status as a nonprofit through the IRS Tax Exempt Organization Search.