Convoy of Hope Responds to Hurricane Dorian's Destruction
Convoy of Hope’s International Disaster Services team is responding to the devastation and destruction done by Hurricane Dorian. The team deployed this morning for Nassau, Bahamas. Upon arrival, they will connect with partners in the area and begin providing help to those in need.
“Our team will take solar lights and water filters to distribute immediately,” says Jeff Nene, Convoy of Hope’s national spokesperson. “In addition, we will work with local partners to distribute food, water, hygiene items, and other disaster relief supplies. We worked in the Bahamas after Hurricane Joaquin in 2015 and have been in contact with many of the partners we worked with then. Our goal will be to provide immediate help to those who need it most.”
Dorian, which made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane when it struck the Bahamas, with winds gusting in excess of 220 mph, has been pummeling the northwest portion of the island since Sunday morning. Along with destroying thousands of homes, at least five lives have been lost to the storm.
Dave Speer, AG World Missions area director for the Bahamas, reports that of the 30 inhabited islands in the Bahamas, more than 90% are fine, but Grand Bahama and Abaco Island were in the hurricane's main path. Five AG churches are located on each of the two islands. Speer says Bahamas AG General Superintendent Patrick Paul has communicated to him that the city center of March Harbor on Abaco Island was under eight feet of water as of Monday night
In addition to the response to the Bahamas, Convoy of Hope’s United States Disaster Services team will pre-position a response team in Nashville, Tennessee, to deploy to areas impacted by Dorian as it moves north along the eastern coasts of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas over the next few days.
To follow Convoy of Hope’s response, visit convoyofhope.org.