Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting Episcopal dioceses located in the path of Hurricane Dorian as they respond to the needs of impacted communities.Episcopal Relief & Development Two-minute read. Resources
As of Tuesday morning, September 3, Hurricane Dorian, now a Category 3 storm, has moved through the Caribbean, lingering over the Bahamas, and has begun to move north towards the eastern coast of the United States. The storm hovered over the Bahamas, moving only 30 miles in 30 hours, causing extensive damage throughout the islands, particularly the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama. Much of the southeastern coast of the United States has evacuated in preparation for Hurricane Dorian striking later this week.
Episcopal Relief & Development staff is conducting daily coordination calls with dioceses in the path of the storm. In addition, the organization is working through the Anglican Alliance to support the Anglican Diocese of the Bahamas & the Turks and Caicos as they wait out the storm and begin assessing the damage on Wednesday once the storm clears. The organization’s Partners in Response and Resilience stand ready to respond in the coming weeks as the full extent of the slow-moving storm becomes clear.
Dioceses along the eastern coast of the United States from the southernmost tip of Florida up through South Carolina are already preparing and anticipating the needs of affected communities. Episcopal Relief & Development plans to support the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida in their outreach to homeless and other vulnerable communities in Orlando, Titusville, Oveido, Ocala and surrounding areas with shelter, hurricane preparedness kits, water and nonperishable food ahead of the storm. Episcopal congregations have also opened their doors to help serve as a place of shelter for evacuees.
“I am encouraged to see how dioceses in the US and Carribean have prepared and mobilized ahead of Hurricane Dorian,” said Katie Mears, Senior Director for Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program. “While the impact of the storm is not yet known, they are ready to provide support however needed.”
Please continue to pray for those impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Donations to the Hurricane Relief Fund will help Episcopal Relief & Development’s Church partners provide critical emergency assistance. To learn more about building a Season of Resilience and to download disaster preparedness resources, visit episcopalrelief.org/resilience.