HHI Disaster Relief Hub

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HHI Release on Hurricane Dorian, September 2019

Dorian cleared Grand Bahama on 3 September, allowing teams in Bahamas to perform aerial reconnaissance and begin assessing the scope of the damage.

Initial reports show severe widespread damage to housing and infrastructure across both Abaco and Grand Bahama.

Bahamas is reporting at least seven deaths so far and are expecting this number to rise.

Preliminary information on needs suggests that more than 60,000 people may need water and food assistance – further assessments are still pending.

International organizations are making additional deployments of personnel and resources to support the Government and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative strongly recommends financial donations over in-kind donations.

The American Red Cross is the nation’s premier emergency response organization, bringing shelter, food and comfort to those affected by disaster. However there are other many other relief organizations mobilizing to respond to Hurricane Florence.

To research organizations we recommend visiting disasterphilanthopy.org or charitynavigator.org or see our shortlist below for recommendations.

We recommend donating to:

The American Red Cross: Donate

The Red Cross supports both pre-landfall evacuation centers and post-landfall emergency shelters with trained workers, shelter supplies and other aid. Anyone coming to an evacuation center should bring items like blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, and items for children.

We welcome you to share your knowledge and expertise by recommending additional organizations and relief efforts taking place on the ground. Please email hhi@harvard.edu if you would like to offer suggestions for the bulletin board.