Hurricane Dorian left a path of heartbreaking destruction through the Northern Bahamas. The storm made landfall as a category 5 hurricane and remained mostly stationary over Grand Bahama Island for more than a full day resulting in catastrophic damage. Several lives and countless homes were lost as a result of the storm’s high winds and extensive flooding.
Search and recovery operations as well as a massive clean-up is currently underway and the relief efforts are expected to take months.
We have been encouraged by the positive response and the number of divers willing to help out and donate in any way they can. There are several options for this. We will be looking to directly assist the local community of West End. Our friends and their families on the West End have either completely lost their homes or have suffered serve damage making it unlivable. This comes only 3 years after Hurricane Matthew made landfall on the West End of Grand Bahama Island and things just started to feel normal again. If not making a donation here, please consider the Bahamas Red Cross.
If you are able to donate physical goods/items, there are several drop off locations established in Florida:
5610 NW 12th Avenue, Suite 203
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Dania Beach City Hall
100 W Dania Beach Blvd.
Dania Beach, FL 33004
Christ Episcopal Church
3481 Hibiscus Street
Miami, FL 33133
Sand Harbor Resort & Marina
125 N Riverside Dr.
Pompano Beach, FL 33062
The items in greatest need are:
- Basic survival items, such as canned food, baby food, juice boxes, and water.
- Medical supplies, including gauze, bandages, and antiseptic. Another big need is bug spray and citronella candles to fend off mosquitoes.
- They are also in need of clothing and shoes for adults and children, diapers, baby wipes, personal hygiene items, and feminine products.
- Lastly, we are looking for basic tools and shelter supplies including tarps, nails, duct tape, hammers, rope, batteries, flashlights, generators, power cords, and boxes/containers to consolidate items.
Please keep the people of the Bahamas in your thoughts as they have a long road ahead. We hope spirits can remain high during such a desperate time.
Thank you all in advance!