Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian Supplies
Critical relief supplies, like USAID plastic sheeting, arrive in The Bahamas to help communities affected by Hurricane Dorian.
Alison Harding, USAID/OFDA

Key Developments

A tropical storm warning for Tropical Storm Humberto was in effect on September 13 and 14 for northwestern islands of The Bahamas, hindering aircraft and vessel movements supporting Hurricane Dorian relief efforts on the worst-affected islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. Despite the two-day reduction of air and sea operations, relief and storm-preparedness efforts continued on the ground in Abaco, with the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team collaborating with partners and other organizations to distribute emergency shelter supplies and provide shelter facilities for people affected by Hurricane Dorian. Tropical Storm Humberto moved away from The Bahamas on September 14, causing no further damage to Hurricane Dorian-affected islands.

With the majority of affected populations’ immediate needs met by local and international relief efforts, the Government of The Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency is gradually shifting toward recovery. In line with this, USAID’s search-and-rescue team demobilized and departed The Bahamas on September 14. During the ten-day deployment, the team searched and conducted structural assessments of more than 1,000 houses and buildings across Abaco and surrounding cays.

To date, international donors have provided an estimated $26 million toward Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery efforts. Of this, the U.S. Government has provided approximately $21 million, including $12.5 million from USAID for humanitarian aid and search and rescue efforts, and $8.5 million from the U.S. Department of Defense for logistics and transportation support.

To enhance private sector engagement and encourage donation best practices for the Hurricane Dorian humanitarian response in The Bahamas, USAID’s Center for International Disaster Information activated a call center on September 9. This center is open daily from 9AM-5PM EST and can be reached at 202-661-7710. USAID partner NeedsList has also established an online platform to match NGOs engaged in the response with private sector corporations interested in providing assistance to meet humanitarian needs.

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Last updated: September 17, 2019

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