Hurricane Dorian Relief: What We Can Do to Help
The Destruction of Hurricane Dorian
Hurricane Dorian, the first major hurricane of the 2019 season and the strongest hurricane to ever make landfall in the Bahamas, has been wreaking havoc on the areas in the Atlantic since September 1st when it crashed head-first into Abaco Island before hitting central Grand Bahama with the same 220-miles per-hour intensity. As the scale of the Bahamas devastation begins to emerge, it has been reported that over twenty civilians have lost their lives in the storm and, “Hundreds of millions, if not billions” of dollars have been lost due to damage as was reported by the Bahama’s deputy prime minister Kevin Peter Turnquest.
Moving towards Florida’s eastern seaboard on September 3rd, the state was largely spared when the hurricane failed to reach the coast, making its way towards the Carolinas as a category 3 hurricane. As of today, over 1 million residents in the Carolinas have been put under forced evacuations from the government as the other residents have been told to stay put and wait out the storm.
What We Can Do to Help
With what has been described as one of the greatest natural disasters the Bahamas has ever seen, many organizations and individuals have pulled their resources together to raise money and provide aid to the Bahamas. One of these organizations is GlobalGiving, a non-profit organization, who has created the Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund in order to, “Support people impacted by Hurricane Dorian’s storm system in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine, in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild.”
To give these efforts a boost, Boatsetter, the world’s largest online marketplace for renting out boats has used their network of boat owners, captains, and renters to pull their resources together to provide aid and support to the residents of the Bahamas through GlobalGiving. In order to properly execute this campaign strategy, the company is creating a social and email marketing campaign to its network of thousands of users in order to raise funds for relief efforts. They have also compiled an in-depth guide on how boat owners can prepare for hurricanes during the 2019 season to keep themselves safe as well as their businesses.
If you are someone who is looking to help out the Bahamas during this crisis and want to join in with Boatsetter and GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Dorian relief efforts, you can make a donation at GlobalGiving’s relief fund page. Today, the fund has raised nearly $280,000 of its 2M goal from over 2,700 donations. All donations to this fund will, “Exclusively support relief and recovery efforts in areas impacted by Dorian.”