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Hurricane Relief - 080486 International Crisis Response

Hurricane Dorian Relief: Bahamas Response

Samaritan’s Purse is now operating our Emergency Field Hospital in Freeport on Grand Bahama, treating patients for a variety of injuries, illnesses, and other medical issues. In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, we airlifted the mobile facility along with a large medical team at the request of the World Health Organization and the Bahamas government.

The 40-bed mobile facility can receive up to 100 patients daily and features an operating room with capacity for 10 surgeries per day, as well as an obstetrics ward with delivery room. Samaritan’s Purse Canada has also sent members of our Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to assist hurting residents.

We have also flown over many tons of emergency relief items, including heavy-duty shelter plastic and water filters. Distributions are ongoing on the Abaco Islands from our base at Marsh Harbour.

The people of the Bahamas are in desperate straits after the islands were hit by deadly Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm packing sustained winds of 300 kph with gusts up to 360 kph.

Hurricane Dorian Media Resources

“Families in the Bahamas are suffering and millions of others are bracing for Dorian’s impact as the storm continues to move,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “Please join me in praying for everyone affected by this hurricane, and for our teams as we respond in Jesus’ Name.”

Please join me in praying for everyone affected by this hurricane, and for our teams as we respond in Jesus’ Name.”
—Franklin Graham

Hurricane Dorian made multiple landfalls in the Bahamas on Sept. 1. Then the storm stalled over the islands for almost two days, pounding the hardest hit areas, in particular Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands (i.e. Marsh Harbour). Thousands of houses were severely damaged or destroyed—70,000 people are reported homeless. At least 45 people were killed, likely many more. Hundreds are still missing.

Dorian was one of the most severe Atlantic storms on record and perhaps the strongest hurricane to ever hit the Bahamas.

Responding in Atlantic Canada

Hurricane Dorian passed over the province of Nova Scotia on Sept. 8 leaving significant wind and storm surge damage in its wake. Across the province and region communities experienced power outages, downed trees down and localized flooding.

With your support, Samaritan’s Purse Canada has sent disaster relief equipment, including a Disaster Relief Unit to Atlantic Canada to help people whose homes are damaged or destroyed by the storm.

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Opportunities to Serve

Samaritan’s Purse is looking for Christian medical professionals who would be interested in serving with us in a future response. Specifically:

  • Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Trauma/General Surgeon
  • Operating Room (OR) Nurse/Technician
  • Anesthesiologist/ Nurse Anesthetist
  • Emergency Medicine Physician
  • Internal/Family Medicine Physician
  • Critical Care Physician
  • OB/GYN
  • Pediatrician
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Physician Assistant
  • Registered Nurse
  • Lab Technician
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Radiology Technician
  • Biomedical Technician
  • Sterilization

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Hurricane Relief - 080486 International Crisis Response

Samaritan's Purse responds to the urgent needs of families devastated by the wind, rain, and storm surge of catastrophic hurricanes. Whether internationally or here in Canada, we bring emergency relief and practical help in the Name of Jesus Christ to hurting people.