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How to help those affected by Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian made U.S. landfall at Cape Hatteras on Friday morning, flooding homes on North Carolina’s Outer Banks and trapping some residents who didn’t follow evacuation orders. At least 370,000 people in the Southeast were without power, and at least four people in the U.S. were killed from causes related to the storm. Meanwhile, international aid and rescue efforts have started to ramp up in the Bahamas after the storm caused widespread devastation.

Dorian ravaged the islands with high winds and flooding, devastating thousands of homes and resulting in the deaths of at least 30 people there. Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis called the storm a “historic tragedy.”

Here are some ways you can help people who have already been hit by the storm and those in its path.

National organizations

Red Cross volunteers are providing supplies such as tarps, hygiene products and hand-crank cellphone chargers for those affected in the Bahamas. In the U.S., the organization is preparing evacuation centers with cots, blankets and food while mobilizing emergency response vehicles. To make a donation to its relief efforts, call 1-800-RED CROSS, text the word DORIAN to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or donate online here.

The nonprofit Mercy Corps is accepting donations to its Humanitarian Response Fund to help mobilize its emergency first responder team to the Bahamas. You can make a donation here, call 1-888-747-7440, or print this form to send a contribution by mail.

International Medical Corps is an international nonprofit that delivers emergency services to places in conflict or in the path of natural disasters. To donate to its efforts to provide healthcare and First Responder training to impacted communities, donate on its website here.

The international humanitarian aid organization Direct Relief has had staff on the ground in the Bahamas and the U.S. assembling and delivering first-aid kits and critical medications to impacted areas. To help with transportation and supply costs, you can make a donation online. Donors can specify that their money should be used for Hurricane Dorian relief efforts.

All Hands All Hearts is accepting volunteer applications. The group said it is currently monitoring the storm and will launch volunteer initiatives once it assesses needs on the ground.

The Humane Society of the United States is helping to rescue animals in the path of the storm. To assist with their efforts, make a donation online.

A woman walks in a flooded street after the effects of Hurricane Dorian arrived in Nassau, Bahamas, on Sept. 2, 2019. Photo by REUTERS/John Marc Nutt

The Bahamas

Founded by renowned chef José Andrés, World Central Kitchen is providing on-the-ground relief efforts with multiple kitchens and shelters located across the Bahamas and Florida. To donate $10, text FOOD to 80100 or provide a larger donation on their website.

“I believe cooks like me ⁠— we can serve the many,” Jose Andres told the PBS NewsHour. “The best I can do for them is just show up, and try to help in these moments of need.”

Sol Relief was started by former Virgin Islands resident and pilot Jennifer Lockwood, following the 2017 hurricanes Irma and Maria. The humanitarian relief organization uses small aircrafts to deliver aid to places like Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, which were hit by other recent hurricanes, and now ⁠the Bahamas. Visit the organization’s website to see a complete list of supplies needed for Hurricane Dorian or donate to the group’s efforts.

North Carolina

The North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund distributes 100 percent of donations to nonprofit organizations engaged in hurricane response efforts. People can donate on its website.

The New Hanover County Disaster Coalition is accepting financial donations. It is partnering with the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh to accept donations of food, baby products and cleaning supplies, among other items.

The Diaper Bank of North Carolina aims to provide victims of Hurricane Dorian access to hygiene products for both babies and their families. Donors can drop off diapers, wipes and sanitary pads to warehouses in Durham and Wilmington.

Baptists on a Mission are accepting sign-ups for volunteers. The nonprofit plans to make assignments now for when it is safe to send volunteers into the field.

Severe flooding conditions can been seen in Ocracoke Island after Hurricane Dorian landfall, in North Carolina on Sept. 6, 2019, in this still image obtained by a social media video. Image by Ann Warner via REUTERS

South Carolina

The Central Carolina Community Foundation is collecting donations that it will then distribute in the form of grants to nonprofits helping in disaster recovery efforts.

Feeding the Carolinas, an organization that serves both North and South Carolina, is preparing to distribute food to Hurricane Dorian victims once the storm passes. The nonprofit is currently accepting monetary donations.


Most of Florida was spared by Dorian but some groups are still accepting donations to distribute to those affected in other areas.

The City of Miami is donating relief supplies that were purchased for its own residents before Hurricane Dorian shifted course away from the city. Locations have now been set up to collect supplies such as water, canned goods, can openers, diapers and first aid items. For a full list of items needed and drop-off locations, click here.

United Way of Miami-Dade, in collaboration with the Miami Herald, has started Operation Helping Hands to support recovery efforts. All of the funds raised will go directly to help people affected in the Bahamas and other impacted areas. To donate, visit the United Way website, call (305) 643-2501, or send a check payable to Operation Helping Hands, c/o United Way of Miami-Dade, P.O. Box #459007, Miami, Florida 33245-9007.

The Catholic Charities of the Archdioceses of Miami, is accepting donations that can be specified for Hurricane Dorian victims. The group plans to aid people who were affected in Florida as well as the Bahamas.