Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Northern Bahamas as a category 5 storm.
The destruction caused by the storm’s slow pace is immense, as buildings were exposed to these devastating winds, rains, and storm surges for over 24 hours.
Early reports suggest over 13,000 homes have been damaged so far.
ShelterBox has responsible decision to deploy criteria to determine if and when aid should be sent to families.
We have a team on their way to the Bahamas, and aid in Panama should a response be appropriate.
Currently ShelterBox is in the assessment phase. Having done as much research as we can from afar, our team will now be on the ground in the Bahamas working with the local Government, Rotary and communities.
Given the fact that local organizations, the local Government and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) have all committed to providing aid, our team will be assessing the damage to determine if there are any gaps in the need for emergency shelter that we can fill.
It is important to ShelterBox that we take time in this phase to better understand the situation on the ground to see if our aid is required and, if so, to ensure families receive the support they need most.
This means that your generous donations always have the greatest impact for families around the world.