Even if you can't afford to donate 100 generators like one Florida man, there are ways you can assist those affected by Hurricane Dorian. Here's how.
How to help those affected by Hurricane Dorian
Hurricane Dorian leaves behind destruction as far as the eye can see in the northern Bahamas. Thousands of homes, hospitals and businesses are ripped apart, water covering everything in its path. Families are trapped and lives lost. Right now, the U.S. Coast Guard is helping the Bahamas Royal Police rescue people from their homes. And we're just beginning to understand how bad the damage is.
You can help raise funds for supplies and assistance that's so desperately needed.
Several U.S. charities are sending medical teams, tarps, radios, food, water and other relief supplies. Facebook's Crisis Response is also set up for people to mark themselves safe for friends and family.
Here are 10 organizations raising money for hurricane relief:
Team Rubicon organizes groups of military veterans and first responders to assist with disaster and humanitarian crises relief around the world.
The non-profit currently has teams in the Bahamas and was preparing to respond as necessary on the east coast of the U.S.
We are deploying our emergency medical teams to the Bahamas’ Abaco Islands. They are capable of moving into remote locations on the islands to triage patients, provide emergency medical aid, and establish clinical care sites with essential lab and pharmacy functions. pic.twitter.com/txcGIJpaGP— Team Rubicon (@TeamRubicon) September 5, 2019
World Central Kitchen
World Central Kitchen operates "emergency kitchens" in areas affected by disasters. Its team of professional chefs, logistics experts and other specialists led by founder José Andrés are currently in the Bahamas handing out sandwiches, hot meals and water across the areas hit by Hurricane Dorian.
The Red Cross
YachtAid Global organizes superyachts and other vessels that are capable of hauling large amounts of supplies to or near areas affected by disasters. Its website states that all donations go toward providing food, tarps, hygiene kits, medicine, and longer-term recovery assistance for residents.
Its current campaign for Hurricane Dorian relief has raised about $40,000 as of Friday morning.
HeadKnowles started as a small Facebook group of people wanting to help disaster victims. It has since evolved into a substantial volunteer organization that has raised millions of dollars for various disaster relief efforts.
Its current Hurricane Dorian relief fundraiser has collected almost $900,000 toward its $10 million goal as of Friday morning. The group's volunteers have already begun distributing water in Abaco, Bimini and Grand Bahama.
Crowdfunding site GlobalGiving has started a fundraising with a goal of raising $2 million for Hurricane Dorian relief. As of Friday morning, the fund had more than 5,000 donations totalling more than $500,000.
Support survivors of Hurricane #Dorian effectively through #SmartCompassion! Donating cash, not stuff, to organizations on the ground will make the impact of your generosity even greater. https://t.co/4hz1KUXFcs— GlobalGiving (@GlobalGiving) September 6, 2019
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has been around since 1865 and has been assisting with disaster relief since 1900 after a major hurricane killed thousands of people in Galveston, Texas.
The Salvation Army is currently helping with relief efforts in the Bahamas and the east coast of the U.S.
Waterkeeper Alliance is a nonprofit focused on clean water. According to its website, "Our goal is drinkable, fishable, swimmable water everywhere."
The group currently has teams in the Bahamas and the east coast of the U.S. that are ready "to evaluate environmental impacts, assist citizens, and inform the public."
The Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation
The Grand Bahama Port Authority has set up the Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Fund. It says 100 percent of the donations will go to relief efforts and funds will be managed by the non-profit Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina with donations tax deductible in the US.
Find information on donating goods here.
Still looking for ways to help?
Charity Navigator helps connect donors with non-profits. It evaluates charities and gives a score based on Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency.
Charity Navigator also divides organizations based on relief effort. It currently has a list of charities helping with Hurricane Dorian relief as well as guides for helping with fires in the Amazon and suicide awareness. Many of the previously mentioned organizations are featured on the site.
Find a charity here.