Responding to Hurricane Dorian and how to help

Responding As Hurricane Dorian Continues North

Web Statement from Episcopal Relief & Development

September 4, 2019

Episcopal Relief & Development continues to support dioceses in the path of Hurricane Dorian as the storm slowly moves north along the eastern coast of the United States.

As of Wednesday morning, September 4, Hurricane Dorian has moved past the Bahamas, leaving a path of devastation, and has begun slowly crawling along the eastern coast of the United States. Mandatory evacuation orders are in effect in parts of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas as residents prepare for high winds, rainfall and a potentially dangerous storm surge.

Program staff remain in daily contact with impacted dioceses as they prepare for and wait out the storm. Working through the Anglican Alliance, Episcopal Relief & Development will be supporting a response in the Bahamas as the Anglican Diocese of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos begins to evaluate and assess the needs of local communities in the diocese.

“Disasters have three phases: rescue, relief and recovery,” said Katie Mears, Senior Director for Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program. “Hurricane Dorian is a slow moving storm so we are still in the very early stages of this crisis. Impacted dioceses are prepared to respond and begin assessing damage as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Donations to the Hurricane Relief Fund will help Episcopal Relief & Development’s Church partners respond to the storm. Please continue to pray for the individuals and families affected as well as the first-responders providing emergency assistance. To learn more about building a Season of Resilience and to download disaster preparedness resources, visit Church bulletin inserts can be downloaded here.

For over 75 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has been working together with supporters and partners for lasting change around the world. Each year the organization facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives for more than 3 million people struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. Inspired by Jesus’ words in Matthew 25, Episcopal Relief & Development leverages the expertise and resources of Anglican and other partners to deliver measurable and sustainable change in three signature program areas: Women, Children and Climate.