Emergencies

Hurricane Dorian Relief

The Bahamas

  • Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas with devastating winds and heavy rain over Labor Day weekend. The damage is extensive.
  • Direct Relief is delivering medical aid to affected areas, and additional emergency medical caches are being routed to the Bahamas from Florida and Direct Relief's main distribution hub in the U.S.
  • The medical caches, which contain everything from first-aid supplies to vital medications for chronic diseases and allergic reactions, were developed with experts to save lives during and after a hurricane or similar event.

In Focus

Responding to Dorian-Impacted Communities

Direct Relief staff are on the ground, responding to Hurricane Dorian’s sweeping impacts in the Bahamas.

Through formal agreements with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, the Pan American Health Organization, and dozens of NGO and government entities, including in the Bahamas, Direct Relief has been able to deploy emergency resources rapidly.

Approximately 75,000 people are estimated to be in need of medical assistance in the Bahamas, and Direct Relief is in direct contact with the Bahamian minister of health, who has requested medicine and medical supply support.

Destruction on Great Abaco, one of the first islands in the Bahamas to be hit by Hurricane Dorian with Category 5 winds. Direct Relief has medicines en route to Abaco to equip responding medical teams. (Photo courtesy of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense)
Destruction on Great Abaco, one of the first islands in the Bahamas to be hit by Hurricane Dorian with Category 5 winds. Direct Relief has medicines en route to Abaco to equip responding medical teams. (Photo courtesy of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense)

Requested emergency medicines and supplies are en route to impacted communities like the Abaco Islands. Direct Relief has also committed $250,000 in cash for Hurricane Dorian response, and made its inventory of $40 million worth of emergency medicines and medical supplies available for response.

Emergency caches of medicine have been pre-positioned across the Caribbean, Florida and the Eastern seaboard. The supplies were placed in storm-prone communities at the start of hurricane season, and include the most commonly requested medicines in a disaster. Direct Relief will continue to respond in the Bahamas, and continues to track Dorian’s path as it moves near the East Coast of the United States.