In our work, Tides strives to engage directly with groups who have established and trusting relationships within the communities they serve. That’s why our recommendations tend to focus on local organizations that engage directly with those whose lives are most affected.
The list of organizations below are those who are currently engaged in on-the-ground efforts to help communities cope with and recover from Hurricane Dorian. Please contact your advisor if you would like to support these efforts through your Tides fund.
This list is not exhaustive, so please feel free to work with your Advisor if you have recommendations for specific organizations.
Local and Regional Responders in Bahamas and U.S. Providing Immediate Relief Support
HeadKnowles is a Bahamian organization that organized relief operations during Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Joaquin in 2015. They have set up a site through Go Fund Me. They have teams on the ground and are in the position to mobilize immediately and not await the lengthy time frame that government has in place. They are also partnering with various organizations in Florida and other islands as collection for food, water, clothes, toiletries etc.
Chef and philanthropist José Andrés and his team are on the ground at four locations across the Bahamas to feed those reeling from the impact of Hurricane Dorian. They have responded toemergencies in Haiti, Peru, Houston, Puerto Rico, California, Hawaii, Indonesia, Guatemala, Mexico, the Carolinas, Florida, Nebraska, Mozambique, Colombia, Venezuela and more.
Direct Relief staff are in the Bahamas, delivering medical aid to affected areas. Additional emergency medical caches are being routed to the Bahamas from Florida and Direct Relief’s main distribution hub in the U.S. These caches contain everything from first-aid supplies to vital medications for chronic diseases and allergic reactions, and were developed by experts in order to save lives during and after a hurricane or similar event. Project Hope roject HOPE lines up medical teams and health supplies to deploy in the Category 5 storm’s aftermath. The global health and humanitarian organization is building its medical team and coordinating with partners to ship urgently needed health supplies to impacted areas in the Bahamas and along the U.S. eastern seaboard.
Project HOPE lines up medical teams and health supplies to deploy in the Category 5 storm’s aftermath. The global health and humanitarian organization is building its medical team and coordinating with partners to ship urgently needed health supplies to impacted areas in the Bahamas and along the U.S. eastern seaboard.
The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities. Funds raised will go toward disaster-related response and recovery.
The disaster relief services are designed to help families before, during and after a tragedy hits through resources including: emergency operations center, case management, behavioral health support, safety & disaster preparation tips and materials, distribution sites, etc. CCCF’s mission is to embrace all those in need with hope, transforming their lives through faith, compassion, and service. The vision is that every person’s basic human needs are met through love and empowerment.
As Hurricane Dorian advances and intensifies, CHF is accepting financial gifts to allow its partners on the ground to respond swiftly to the needs of children and families impacted by the force of the hurricane. CHF takes a four-step approach to fighting poverty: Feed, Aid, Connect & Equip.
Local and Regional Long-Term Recovery Support
Sustained financial support will be needed in the communities damaged by Hurricane Dorian long after the glow of the media subsides and the nation turns its attention to other news. These organizations listed below will focus on the long haul of recovery/revitalization, oftentimes long after the storm has passed.
The CDP 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund allows donors to support recovery efforts that will continue long after our attention has turned away from major meteorological events. With CDP’s unparalleled expertise in disaster management, they are very well-positioned to direct funding for medium- and long-term recovery to the unique and emergent needs of any given community, while fostering collaborative relationships among grantees and other organizations.
GER3 assists crisis-affected persons globally to rebuild communities even stronger than before, following disasters through integrated relief, recovery and reconstruction services. Their Global Response Team is active and working in some of the most vulnerable communities and areas hardest hit by Hurricane Dorian.
This volunteer-led natural disaster relief team is closely monitoring Hurricane Dorian, especially its impact on the Bahamas. Upon arrival in the Caribbean, they began to address the immediate needs of those affected by Diran, with a plan to handle the long-term needs of its impacted communities, helping rebuild safe, resilient schools, homes, and infrastructure. All Hands and Hearts always “comes early and stays late!”
The Emergency Response team will distribute urgent relief supplies, offer psychological first aid, and deploy water filters to restore drinking water access, while conducting further needs assessments in affected communities. IsraAID has responded to repeated hurricanes in the region, including Irma and Michael in Florida, Florence in North Carolina, Harvey in Texas, and Maria in Dominica and Puerto Rico. IsraAID’s teams are still on the ground in Dominica and Puerto Rico, supporting communities as they recover and rebuild, nearly two years after Hurricane Maria.
Sources: National Weather Service, Google.org, FEMA, Charity Navigator, et al.