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How to Help Survivors of Hurricane Dorian

Thousands of people in the Bahamas are without food, shelter and water after the worst storm in the island's recent history. Here's how you can help.

Just 2 days after a category 5 hurricane hit the Bahamas, local officials and rescue crews have been assessing the damage the storm has caused - and it's not looking good.

The destruction from torrential rain, winds and non-stop flooding is massive and most of Abaco is now completely under water. More than 10,000 homes have been destroyed by the storm and tens of thousands of people don't have drinking water.

(Source: @p0sitivechange )

Rescue crews, including the U.S. Coast Guard and Britain's Royal Navy, have been seeking out people who are trapped in their homes and are getting them to safety. They're using jet skis, boats, even bulldozers to get people out of rushing flood waters to higher ground. Hospitals are without power, food and water and the airport on Abaco is unusable.

"It's total devastation. It's decimated. Apocalyptic," said Lia Head-Rigby, who helps run a local hurricane relief group and was able to see the damage firsthand.

"It's not rebuilding something that was there; we have to start again." - Lia Head-Rigby

There are many ways you can help with the relief efforts, including making donations to the following organizations:

  • The Red Cross is building shelters and providing aid to survivors. Donations will help get much needed supplies (such as tarps, hygiene items, jerrycans and hand crank cellphone chargers) to families that have been affected by the storm.
  • GlobalGiving has set up a Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund to provide emergency supplies including food, water and medicine to people on the island who were impacted. After the initial stage the funds will be transferred to local organizations to support long-term recovery efforts.
  • HeadKnowles , the Bahamas' leading hurricane relief foundation, has set up a GoFundMe campaign to provide both short-term and sustainable relief to the islands. HK is working with local water distributors in Grand Bahama and Abaco to provide free water to storm survivors.
  • Team Rubicon is a non-profit that sends skilled military veterans to help those hit by natural disasters and humanitarian crises. They're prepping to send people to the Bahamas to help out relief efforts.
  • We mentioned World Central Kitchen in a previous Sparkt story . WCK arrived to the Bahamas on Sunday. They've been setting up kitchens and shelters to feed those impacted by the storm. You can donate directly to their cause by visiting their website , or by texting FOOD to 80100.

Here's an update from Chef José Andrés with World Central Kitchen who recently landed on Abaco Island with food and supplies.

(Source: World Central Kitchen Facebook )

Do you know of other ways to help those affected by the storm? Please share your ideas below, or post to the Sparkt Facebook page. Let's work together to #StartSomethingGood!

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