Emergency Relief | 2019-2021
What damage did Hurricane Dorian cause in The Bahamas?
Hurricane Dorian was a Category 5 storm that devastated The Bahamas and neighboring islands in the Caribbean in the late summer of 2021. It was quickly named one of the most intense hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean and the most catastrophic hurricane to hit The Bahamas in recorded history.
In The Bahamas alone, over 70,000 people were left homeless, with hundreds missing and at least 74 deaths reported after Dorian made landfall on Sept. 1, 2019. Property damage was estimated at $3.4 billion (USD). Local infrastructure – including power, sewage, telecommunications, and water – was severely damaged in many areas, stranding communities without basic necessities.
How did CORE help in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian?
In partnership with the Municipality of San Juan, CORE deployed a search and rescue team. With a team of experienced doctors and nurses, we set up a mobile medical clinic to provide hard-hit communities access to emergency care. Through this clinic, CORE was able to treat hard-to-reach patients who otherwise would not have received critical care. With a focus on children, seniors, and vulnerable populations, we treated conditions from trauma and dehydration to broken bones and infections.
How did CORE support long-term recovery in The Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian?
In the years that followed Hurricane Dorian, CORE worked on long-term recovery efforts to help communities get back on their feet. Our recovery efforts focused on supporting the hardest-hit communities in Abaco and the East End of Grand Bahamas Island through debris removal, housing repair, community infrastructure planning, and economic support. CORE’s holistic approach focused on the multifaceted needs of each region and provided Cash for Work opportunities for local workers to participate in the recovery and maintain local economic stability.
individuals participated in a cash for work program
in grants to 168 local businesses, 83 of which were female led businesses