The western islands of the Bahamas are just 50 miles from Florida’s east coast. Residents and visitors feel a close connection with our Bahamian neighbors and are working to assist with Hurricane Dorian relief efforts. Hurricane Dorian was the Atlantic’s second most powerful hurricane ever recorded created a path of destruction through the Bahamas. Here is how you can help locally or from afar.
OPERATION 300: TREASURE COAST – ABACOS RELIEF PROJECT
Martin County is partnering with Operation 300’s “Treasure Coast – Abacos Relief Project” to help with Hurricane Dorian recovery efforts in the Bahamas. Operation 300, a nonprofit in Martin County, will be stationed at Witham Field in Stuart collecting donations to fill semis, barges and planes to transport to the Bahamas.
They are in need of donations, volunteers to load the semis, and individuals with medical, electrical, engineering, carpentry, and debris removal experience for 3-4 day trips to the Bahamas to help with recovery efforts. Operation 300 is coordinating with the US Coast Guard, USAID, Department of Homeland Security, and US Customs and Border Protection. US Customs and Border Protection is waiving the customs fees.
Toiletries, diapers, clothing, trash bags, tarps, first aid kits, non-perishable foods, flashlights, chainsaws, gloves, extension cords, generators (new in box), water, etc. Operation 300 is also working with local food distributors to purchase food items at wholesale.
HOW TO HELP
To find how you can help, volunteer, or to donate, view the links below.
OPERATION 300 – HOW YOU CAN HELP
OPERATION 300 – AMAZON WISH LIST
OPERATION 300 – DONATE NOW
City Of Stuart
In an effort to support the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, the City of Stuart is collecting needed supplies to be transported to the Bahamas.
DROP OFF LOCATION:
STUART POLICE DEPARTMENT
830 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Stuart, FL 34994
– 9/4/19 (Wednesday) 9am – 5pm
– 9/5/19 (Thursday) 9am – 4pm
– 9/6/19 (Friday) Transportation Day
For more information:
Jim Chrulski, Community Services Director
City of Stuart, Florida (772) 979-6015
U.S. Agency for International Development Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA
When disasters occur anywhere in the world, Americans generously offer assistance to those in need. Decades of experience in disaster relief and recovery have shown that the best way to help people affected by disaster is to make cash donations to reputable relief and charitable organizations on the ground. These groups work closely with affected communities, and know what people need and how to strengthen recovery efforts.
Cash donations are the most efficient form of assistance. Unlike material donations, cash involves no transportation costs, shipping delays, or customs fees. It also enables relief organizations to spend more time providing aid by spending less time managing goods. Cash donations also allow relief supplies to be purchased in markets close to the disaster site, which stimulates the local economy, thereby boosting employment and generating cash flow to stimulate the local economy.
If you are considering making a monetary contribution to a relief organization, you can find detailed financial and programmatic information at GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and the Better Business Bureau.
For a list of resources click here.
The National Emergency Management Agency- NEMA
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is the Bahamian government agency which operates under the authority of Cabinet Office. You can sign up to assist directly with NEMA here.
Additional resources will be added.