Baptist Global Response, the lead response organization in the Bahamas following the wreckage from Hurricane Dorian, is beginning to see improvements.
BGR is working under the direction and guidance of the Bahamian Convention.
The response teams are continuing to assess the extent of the damage sustained, as well as best practices for sustainable solutions moving forward. The most heavily impacted areas are slowly becoming more accessible, BGR reports.
The assessment will be managed according to the Sphere Project handbook, which the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and BGR teams are trained in. The Sphere method abides by internationally recognized standards for disaster response in humanitarian crises and provides a clear framework for the assessors to build on.
The Abaco Islands have been the most affected, with a limited amount of aid reaching the devastated communities. The death toll currently stands at 43, with people still missing. It is expected that materials for roofing, debris removal, and a number of different relief supplies will be required in the weeks to come, but for immediate provisions, BGR is supplying food, blankets, and hygiene kits to families in need.
BGR teams are being intentional about implementing sustainable ways to help Bahamians recover. The goal is to meet the greatest needs as practically and efficiently as possible.
Individuals and churches who want to be directly involved in this response should contribute financially to the efforts by calling 1-866-355-7233 or by clicking here to give through the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
However, prayer is also important when managing a disaster of this caliber. If you are interested in becoming a part of the BGR prayer network, sign up by clicking here.