It has been a week since Hurricane Dorian hit the east coast of the USA and the Bahamas. The recovery is a very slow process, and is going to be ongoing for some time.
Relief efforts continue with one organization, the American Red Cross, committing $2 million to support the relief effort in the Bahamas.
They are also deploying 2,800 volunteers nationwide and 25 from the Rochester area sent to help recovery first hand in the impacted areas.
According to James Love, the Executive Director of the American Red Cross Rochester, there are still 65 people in West Palm Beach to help evacuees from the Bahamas.
There is still a lot more you can do to help those still in the Bahamas:
- Donate Blood. Hurricane Dorian has forced the cancellation of nearly 100 Red Cross blood drives and donation centers in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Thus there is a blood shortage in the affected regions. Schedule an appointment today by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
- Donate. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or text the word DORIAN to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. In the U.S., this includes providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance.
- The Rochester City School District is also collecting donations, you can get more information here.
- InterVol is also collecting donations. They are setting up numerous locations across Rochester and looking for specific supplies. They are looking for new soap, detergent, shampoo, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, toilet paper, baby diapers and feminine hygiene products. Also in heavy demand are new waterproof and plastic sheeting, as well as tarps for emergency shelters.