How you can as­sist res­cue and re­lief ef­forts in Ba­hamas

The Morning Call - - LOCAL / NATION - By Jes­sica John­son

Do­rian hit the Ba­hamas as a Cat­e­gory 5 hur­ri­cane ear­lier this week, dev­as­tat­ing en­tire com­mu­ni­ties. The death toll con­tin­ues to rise and res­cue ef­forts are well un­der­way.

The Ba­hamian gov­ern­ment and sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions are ac­cept­ing do­na­tions of money to sup­port the res­cue, re­lief and re­cov­ery ef­forts that are on­go­ing.

If you’d like to help:

■ The Amer­i­can Red Cross is ac­cept­ing do­na­tions by phone at 800-435-7669 or on­line.

■ Ameri­cares, a non­profit that pro­vides emer­gency med­i­cal care, is al­ready on the ground in the Ba­hamas, as­sess­ing health needs. You can do­nate on its web­site www.ameri­cares.org/.

■ The Caribbean Dis­as­ter Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency has posted in­for­ma­tion on its web­site how to make mon­e­tary do­na­tions. www.cdema.org.

■ Global Giv­ing, a global crowd­fund­ing plat­form, has set up a Hur­ri­cane Do­rian Re­lief Fund to ac­cept do­na­tions. www.glob­al­giv­ing.org.

■ The Grand Ba­hama Port Au­thor­ity through their Grand Ba­hama Dis­as­ter Re­lief Fund and Foun­da­tion is ac­cept­ing do­na­tions for the is­land. www.gb­dis­as­ter re­lief.org/do­na­tions.

■ In­ter­na­tional Med­i­cal Corps, a global hu­man­i­tar­ian non­profit sends med­i­cal teams to ar­eas stricken by dis­as­ters. You can help ef­forts by do­nat­ing on its web­site give.in­ter­na­tionalmed­i­cal corps.org.

■ Mercy Corps, a global team of hu­man­i­tar­i­ans who part­ner with com­mu­ni­ties, cor­po­ra­tions and govern­ments to help peo­ple around the world are in the Ba­hamas and are meet­ing with emer­gency man­agers and other re­spond­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions to co­or­di­nate our re­sponse ef­forts. They are ac­cept­ing mon­e­tary do­na­tions to as­sist with the ef­forts. www.mer­cy­corps.org.

■ The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of the Ba­hamas, based in Mi­ami in con­junc­tion with the Ba­hamas con­sul gen­eral have set up a Hur­ri­cane Re­lief Fund. do­nate.wck.org/give/236738/ #!/do­na­tion/check­out

■ The Sal­va­tion Army is ac­cept­ing mon­e­tary do­na­tions to help sur­vivors of Hur­ri­cane Do­rian in the Ba­hamas and the United States. www.sal­va­tion­armyusa.org/ usn/

■ World Cen­tral Kitchen, an or­ga­ni­za­tion founded by chef José An­drés, has sent teams to pro­vide food to the com­mu­ni­ties of Grand Ba­hama and the Aba­cos. Do­na­tions are wel­come. do­nate.wck.org/ give/236738/#!/do­na­tion/ check­out

■ YachtAid Global, which co­or­di­nates yachts in pro­vid­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian aid is de­liv­er­ing life-sav­ing aid, equip­ment, and dis­as­ter re­cov­ery & as­sis­tance teams to the Ba­hamas to as­sist lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in re­lief work. Mon­e­tary do­na­tions are be­ing ac­cepted. yach­taid­global.org/do­natenow.

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