Hurricane Dorian Aid

Hurricane Dorian, the fourth named hurricane of the 2019 season, tied the record for the most powerful hurricane to make landfall in the Bahamas. At its most powerful, Hurricane Dorian, which made landfall in the northwest Bahamas on September 1, 2019 and lingered for days, was listed as a Category 5 major hurricane, peaking with one-minute sustained winds of 185 mph and generating destructive gusts over 220 mph (355 km/h) along with a storm surge possibly as high as 23 feet.

In addition to unleashing massive flooding across the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian completely destroyed as many as 13,000 homes, wiping out entire neighborhoods, utilities, airport landing strips, a hospital, schools, supermarkets, pharmacies, churches, and more.  Nearly everything is gone. 

Join Cross Catholic Outreach in helping to provide emergency relief to victims of Hurricane Dorian today. 

Situation Overview

Survivors of the areas hardest hit — Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco in the northern Bahamas and Grand Bahama  — were left without basic resources such as fresh water, food and medical care. Early reports from the Bahama government claimed that 2,500 people had been registered as missing. Ongoing problems include debris-covered roads, extensive damage to water distribution systems, and damage to electrical infrastructure. 

According to multiple sources:

  • ●  70,000 people are now homeless and in need of aid.
  • ●  65 deaths reported (total may be significantly higher).
  • ●  282 people still missing (as of Oct. 10).
  • ●  $7.5 billion in damage.
  • ●  13,000 homes severely damaged or destroyed.

How Cross Catholic Outreach is Responding

Cross Catholic Outreach is working with Catholic Charities of Miami and the Archdiocese of Nassau to provide much-needed food and medical supplies to affected families and children.

  • ●  An immediate cash grant was sent to the Archdiocese of Nassau to assist those affected by the storm.
  • ●  Another cash grant went to Catholic Charities of Miami to support its hurricane response.
  • ●  Within days of the disaster, Cross Catholic Outreach arranged to send specially-formulated hygiene kits (12 oz shampoo bottle, toothbrush, two 0.85 oz mini toothpastes, comb, 3 oz. soap bar, washcloth, gallon resealable bag) to the worst hit areas.
  • ●  Two containers of hygiene kits were shipped in late September and are now being distributed.
  • ●  Three additional containers – two to Nassau and one to Freeport – shipped the week of October 7. These include food, over-the-counter supplies, cleaning supplies and personal care items.
  • ●  Cross Catholic also collaborated with United Way of Broward County to send one 40-foot container of nutritious food to Nassau. (The meals Cross Catholic Outreach is shipping are pre-packaged and scientifically-formulated to maximize their nutritional benefits and make preparation as easy as possible).
  • ●  An additional container of nutritious food has been secured and will ship soon.
  • ●  A container of roofing material has also been secured and will ship soon.
  • ●  In the coming weeks, Cross Catholic Outreach expects to secure and ship even more supplies for the Archdiocese.

Information correct as of October 18, 2019

An Appeal from Our President

“Some of our most important work happens after the initial relief efforts are over and the media has moved on to other stories. It’s critical to take care of urgent water, food and medical needs, but we can’t forget the other issues the poor face in the weeks and months following a disaster. Homes need to be repaired or constructed. Damaged schools and clinics need help. Many of these areas will have lost almost everything, and the people will need support to get back on their feet again. Our Disaster Relief Fund helps us provide both immediate and long-term assistance.”

Jim Cavnar

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