Hurricane Dorian Response Update
Responding in the Bahamas
Since our Emergency Field Hospital opened on Sept. 10, we have treated more than 2,000 patients and are continuing to help more than 150 new patients each day. Most have no other access to a fully-functional medical facility, due to the widespread damage caused by Hurricane Dorian.
“You cannot pick a time when people need healthcare and Jesus more,” said Shannon Wood, one of our intensive care nurses.
We have deployed more than 130 medical and non-medical staff to serve in the Bahamas. That includes 24 Canadians so far, including 18 currently in the field.
Meanwhile, our DC-8 jet continues to transport emergency relief supplies to Grand Bahama Island and to Abaco Island, where our teams and church partners are reaching hurting communities by sea, air, and land.
Our DC-8 has made 15 trips so far—transporting more than 296 tonnes of supplies including tarps, generators, solar lights, hygiene kits, blankets, and water filters.
Samaritan’s Purse Canada has also sent members of our Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to assist hurting residents.
The small town of Cedar Harbour was cut off from the main island of Abaco when the bridge was swept away, but we were able to reach it with emergency aid via helicopter. “We are so grateful for you,” said one of the residents. “It shows you care. We don’t have any boats, so we have to rely on others.”
The death toll from Hurricane Dorian has moved beyond 60 people, with more than 400 still missing.
Responding in Atlantic Canada
Our disaster relief teams have arrived in Summerside, Prince Edward Island to help the region’s residents hit hard by Hurricane Dorian. The storm tore off roofs, broke windows, and toppled massive trees onto homes and other property.
Volunteers began removing fallen trees on Sept. 12, bringing help and hope to residents. “Some of our people are really suffering,” said Rowan Caseley, mayor of Kensington, PEI. “We invited Samaritan’s Purse into the area…and we’re thankful they are here.”
Hurricane Dorian Report
Homeowners in need of assistance can call 1-844-547-2663.