There are both immediate and long-term recovery needs for residents in the Bahamas who have been impacted by Hurricane Dorian. The most pressing priority now is to get funds to those who can help in person.
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is proud to partner with Broward County Government to help students displaced by Hurricane Dorian and who are now enrolled in BCPS have what they need to be successful in school.
Broward County Government is organizing a school supply beginning today, October 1 – 30, 2019. Donations can be brought to the Broward County Government Center Lobby, 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. These items will be provided to families that have relocated to Broward County. Currently, more than 250 students from the Bahamas have enrolled in BCPS due to the hurricane.
Monetary donations are best directed to organizations which have resources in place to manage a large scale, extended relief effort, and can ensure that contributions are utilized for the benefit of Bahamian people in need. Two charitable organizations currently engaged in Dorian relief, with whom the County has a long-standing relationship, are:
Donation of Goods and Services
It is important for anyone wishing to donate goods and services to a disaster relief effort, to know with certainty that items collected for donation are based on current needs, based on the stage of the recovery effort.
As of Tuesday, September 3rd, the Consulate General of The Bahamas in Miami shared the following list of supplies that will be needed in the relief and recovery period.
- water bladders (10 x 2,500 gallons)
- water containers (4,000 - 3 gallons)
- plastic water bottles
- water purification kits
- non-perishable food items
- disposable utensils, plates, napkins
- family hygiene kits (tissue, toothpaste, tooth brushes, towels, sanitary napkins) (2,000)
- cleaning supplies (bleach, mops, brooms, disinfectants, garbage bags, sponges, paper towel)
- baby items/supplies
- cots (2,000)
- portable potty
- toilet paper
- disposable utensils
- mosquito repellent (deet free)
- cooking utensils
- temporary housing
- tents (20-30 man)
- plastic tarpaulin (2,000 rolls)
- plastic sheeting
- portable generators (30 - 15kw to 25kw)
- chain saws
- debris removal tools (shovels, rakes, axes, wheel barrows)
- portable outdoor lamps/lights
- power banks
- solar powered chargers
- portable radios
- cloth bags or biodegradable bags
- first aid kits (sterile bandages/gauze - all sizes, tape)