How to help the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian

One of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded, Hurricane Dorian, has devastated the Bahamas, leaving tens of thousands of homes and businesses destroyed. Here’s how you can help the relief efforts.

Relief Aid experts say there will be immediate emergency needs before the long journey of rebuilding begins.

Southern Boating created a GoFundMe as a place to reach out and support the islands and its people. As much as we’d like to load the boat and take supplies over there, the U.S. Coast Guard and other disaster relief agencies advise against it. There’s no place to stay, fuel up, or dock. The seafloor has changed and uncharted hazards exist that put boaters in danger. There are no warehousing facilities, communications are minimal, and no matter how self-sufficient we may be, the best way to help is to send money to the agencies that are already on the ground and staging massive relief efforts.

All donations will go through our GoFundMe account and be dispersed equally to the following vetted agencies, who we know will use the funds for The Bahamas relief effort.

Bahamas Red Cross Society has 200 volunteers in the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama. Shelter, food, water, medicine, and communications are the most urgent needs

Bahamas Official Hurricane Relief

World Central Kitchen, set up by the chef José Andrés, is providing food to people affected by Hurricane Dorian. Mr. Andrés and a relief team have arrived in Nassau, the capital, and have begun to identify places where they can set up kitchens on the affected islands.

Here’s a look at some aerial footage courtesy of USA Today


This is a long-term effort. It took Abaco Island many years to rebuild after Hurricane Floyd, so this site will remain active as long as it takes to get the islands and its residents back on their feet. Help us turn the tide and use your tourism dollars to rebuild so we can once again enjoy the treasures Grand Bahama and Great Abaco islands offer.

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