Bahamas help: Complete list of donations, supplies needed after Hurricane Dorian
Items on this list can be a lifesaver.
- Dorian became a hurricane Aug. 28
- It is the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the Atlantic basin since 1935
Want to help the Bahamas?
After Hurricane Dorian devastated the island nation as a Category 5 storm, companies, politicians and an army of volunteers have pledged to help. Tons of supplies have been shipped there, and monetary donations have been made at the click of a button.
On Sept. 1, the catastrophic storm made landfall in Elbow Cay, just east of Abaco Island with winds at 185 mph. It continued its wrath into the Bahamas a day later, leaving thousands homeless.
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Dorian was the fourth named storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, which ends Nov. 30.
If you're shopping for groceries and want to buy some extra supplies for Dorian relief, here's a list of what's really needed in the wake of the storm.
The most dire
• bottled water, gallons of water
• nonperishable food (see below)
Tip: Consider donating can-openers, paper plates, cups and utensils.
• canned or packaged tuna
• canned beans
• canned vegetables and fruits
• breakfast bars, energy bars
• pretzels and chips
• canned soup
• canned pasta like SpaghettiOs
• boxed milk
• condiments like ketchup, mustard, relish, salsa
• meals ready to eat (MREs)
• Gatorade powder, powdered drink mixes
• fruit snacks
• food to cook for others such as big turkey roasters to make soup, stew and oatmeal
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Items from the baby aisle
• baby formula
• burping cloths and towels
• baby juice
• baby food
• baby cereal
• baby spoons, forks, other utensils
• bottles and bottle brushes
• teething biscuits
• baby aspirin
Items from the pets aisle
• dog food, cat food
• cat litter
• litter boxes and cat box liners
• paper towels
• trash-can liners and garbage bags
• sanitizing wipes
• mops and buckets
• chlorine tablets
• water containers
• household cleaning kits
• Lysol and disinfectants (wipes and spray)
• toilet paper
• toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss
• children's toothpaste
• feminine hygiene products
• first-aid supplies
• Band-aids, bandages
• hydrogen peroxide
• ibuprofen (Advil)
• acetaminophen (Tylenol)
• hand sanitizer
• sanitizing wipes
• rubbing alcohol
• hydrocortisone, Neosporin
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• Sterno cookers
• Sterno chafing pans
• sleeping bags
• anything solar-powered
• mosquito nets/bug repellent
• emergency/solar power lamps and lanterns
• coolers for ice and medicine
• air mattresses
• box fans
• candles and matches
If you go to a hardware store
• building supplies such as roofing materials, shingles, tar paper, drip caps, nails, plywood and lumber
• chainsaws, saws and other construction materials
• work gloves
• large plastic tubs with lids — these help keep clean household items out of the water and mud
• leather work gloves
• paracord ropes
• plastic sheeting rolls
• sheet rock
• hammers and nails
• gas cans
• generators (we already mentioned this, but for those who may have missed it)
• scissors, can openers
• bedsheets, pillow cases, bedding
• clothing, especially socks and shoes
Some things to keep in mind
• With these donations, a challenge exists in transporting supplies to those who need them. Try to stick to what's on the list. Volunteers only want to send what they know can be delivered.
• Eileen Heisman, chief executive officer of the National Philanthropic Trust, said some donations are more effective than others. Money is always a more effective donation than physical goods, she said.
• If you're donating money, never give credit card information over the phone, even if the charity or person seems legitimate. Ask if it's possible to donate online through a website. Never click links in text messages or emails. Take time to research organizations before giving.
• For more information or to make a financial donation to the Bahamas Red Cross, visit bahamasredcross.org.
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