Hurricane Dorian is gone, however, he left in his wake unprecedented devastation to the Bahamas, and catastrophic flooding in North Carolina. Though updates are no longer needed, I’m including in this final post information on how to help the Bahamians and their struggles to recover.
In the mean time, I’m creating a separate site for future Hurricanes that hit the coastal United States. It will include evacuation lists, emergency numbers, shelters, flooding maps, social media accounts to follow for info, up to date weather, Govt links, news, live feeds, local emergency bulletins, maps, rescue and relief efforts, and information from others in the areas affected. Stay prepared, Stay safe
Recovery efforts to help the Bahamas.
Donating to established groups is the immediate way to help, and giving money is the most effective support. Here are some links:
- – The American Red Cross is online.
- – The Salvation Army is accepting money.
- – Project Hope, an international health-care organization, is accepting donations.
- – Americares sends aid and medicine.
- – Habitat for Humanity will be helping rebuild houses.
- – Team Rubicon is a veteran support organization, staging resources and support.
- – World Central Kitchen teams are providing food on Grand Bahama and the Abacos. Chef José Andrés’ organization is once again helping the hungry.
- – Check with your local state or county relief efforts. Among others, The National Association of the Bahamas, based in Miami and working with the Bahamas consul general there, has set up a Hurricane Relief Fund.
- – New Florida Majority partnered with a dozen South Florida organizations, including the Florida Immigrant Coalition, Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center and the Miami Workers Center—to support community emergency operations centers (CEOCs) in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and Jacksonville.
- – The Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund, set up by the Bahamian government, is accepting wire transfers.
- – The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency has posted instructions here.
- – Mercy Corps is coordinating response efforts, and accepting money here.
- – The Grand Bahama Port Authority has established the Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation. It is accepting donations and supplies.
- – Good 360 asks that corporations donate goods including water, diapers, bedding, portable chargers and tarps. Individuals can donate cash here.
- – YachtAid Global is accepting money to purchase supplies.
- – Global Giving, a global crowdfunding platform, has set up the Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund.
It is important to always be prepared if a natural disaster strike, so I am leaving key information on this blog post for future reference.
DOCUMENTS TO TAKE If you must evacuate:
♦ Emergency phone numbers
♦ Copies of important prescriptions:
♦ Copies of children’s immunization records.
♦ Copies of health, dental, and/or prescription insurance cards or numbers.
♦ Copies of auto, flood, renter’s, homeowner’s insurance policies, policy numbers
♦ Insurance company telephone numbers, local agent and company headquarters.
♦ Social Security • Credit card
♦ Bank account • Driver’s license
♦ Birth, death, adoption, and marriage certificates.
♦ Passports and other identity documents.
♦ Emergency supply kit (Build a kit from Ready.gov)
♦ Supplies for pets (supply information)
Place papers in sealed, waterproof plastic bags. Store in a durable, sealed box. Grab box and take with you.
If you chose to not evacuate, or you are not in a mandatory evacuation area, the following survival guide may be useful.
- *If you choose to not evacuate. DO NOT GO INTO THE ATTIC unless absolutely necessary. If you do have an ax or something else to cut into roof. You cant be rescued if they cant see you
The following was sent to Liberty Speaks email…This is also a good list to have.
- More toilet paper than you think you can possibly use. Store it on a high shelf. It’s no good pre-wet.
- Cleaning rags (old towels or old clothes, etc). You can wash and reuse them for cleanup, which you cannot do with paper towels.
- Bleach for disinfecting everything. Liquid bleach (sodium hypochlorite) loses half its strength in a year and in about 3 years is totally ineffective. The best thing to buy is CALCIUM HYPOCHLORITE at pool supply stores. It’s in powder form, so you mix it as you need it. This is called Pool Shock, but there are several chems used for that, so read the label. You can disinfect water to drink. Read online now for the formula to do that.
- Rubber gloves. If you have any flooding, sewage will be present. If any water damage, mold is possible.
- Heavy work gloves to protect you from nails, etc.
- Drinking water (tap water) stored in 2-liter soda bottles. Cheapest way.
- CANNED fruits and veggies. They won’t spoil or need prep.
- Ziploc bags for storing things. Gallon size. Keep your cell phone in one. Inflate one for a pillow.
- Waterproof matches (camping section of any sporting goods store, Walmart. You can even make your own.)
- REALLY good mechanical can opener. Get TWO of them. My son in law and I took the boys to SC to see the eclipse and our one can opener broke.
- Knife and scissors.
- Rain gear and hats
- Notebook and pens. You may be surprised how much you will need to write down.
- MAPS. US and State atlases at a minimum. If one road is blocked, you can look for others.
- Sharpie pens. If you have to stay at a shelter, you will want to write your name on EVERYTHING.
- Sleeping bags if at all possible.
- Guns and ammo. There are plenty bottom-feeders out there who prey on people who evacuate or have been hit by a hurricane.
- Something to pee in. People who evacuate can be stuck in traffic for hours and hours, taking 16 hours to go a distance usually traveled in 2.
- NOAA National hurricane center
- The Weather Channel Hurricane Central
- Weather Channel live stream
- National Weather Service alerts
- StormCast Live
- Weather radio
- Space Coast Daily
- Weather Underground Sever Weather Map
- Weatherbug Dorian conditions
APPS TO DOWNLOAD
- Zello Walkie-Talkie App -(Cell phone must be working to connect to Wi-Fi)
- American Red Cross Emergency App
- GasBuddy App
- WAZE Navigation app p