Hurricane Dorian –Ways to Help

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Hurricane Dorian was an extremely powerful and destructive Category 5 hurricane that devastated the northwestern Bahamas and caused significant damage to the Southeastern United States. The recovery effort for the Bahamas and various states will be in force for an extended period of time.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Individuals, regardless of where they reside, can help those affected by Hurricane Dorian. After a disaster, financial donations are the quickest and best way to get help to the people who need it most. Cash donations allow organizations to take advantage of wholesale purchase pricing and be flexible to adjust purchases to meet changing needs. Listed below are resources specific to recovery efforts in North Carolina as well as the massive search, rescue, and rebuilding efforts in the Bahamas. Additionally listed are national and international disaster relief organizations in need of donations to support their response in various regions affected by Dorian.

MAKE A DONATION

North Carolina

Bahamas

** Large organizations looking for information on goods that are needed, how to deliver them to the Bahamas, temporary flight authorization, etc, should visit https://www.bahamas.com/relief.

Other Disaster Relief Organizations Helping Dorian Survivors

**Important information about charitable giving: The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has tips for avoiding phishing scams from individuals attempting to pose as legitimate charity organizations. Click here for more information. The Better Business Bureau of Central New England offers tips to donors on avoiding scammers and donating money to legitimate disaster relief organizations.  Click here for more information.  Consumers may file a complaint regarding a charity at dcp.frauds@ct.gov. Highly rated organizations providing aid and relief via Charity Navigator: https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=7485

VOLUNTEER

If you wish to volunteer in response to Hurricane Dorian, please visit this link to find National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) members taking volunteers. Many of the organizations prefer or require affiliated volunteers, rather than unaffiliated volunteers. Visit https://www.nvoad.org/ to register as a volunteer.

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SOURCES:  American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Americares, Mercy Corps, VOAD,  National Hurricane Center

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CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: September2019