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  • Destruction is far-reaching across the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas, including Treasure Cay. (Photo/Jess Heugel) Download
  • Convoy of Hope team member provides instructions on the Sawyer Water Filters being distributed in the Bahamas. (Photo/Jess Heugel) Download
  • Members of Convoy of Hope's International Disaster Services team, along with volunteers, unpack relief supplies from a chartered plane after arriving in Nassau, Bahamas. (Photo/Jess Heugel) Download
  • Early satellite imagery shows Dorian headed for the Bahamas. Download
  • Family members comfort one another after Hurricane Dorian destroyed their neighborhood. (Photo/Jess Heugel) Download
  • Residents in the Bahamas lean on each other for support after the devistation caused by Hurricane Dorian. An estimated 45% of all structures were damaged or destroyed by the Category 5 storm. (Photo/Jess Heugel) Download
  • Stormy seas off the coast of Florida precede Hurricane Dorian's arrival. The state was battered with high winds for several days, but managed to avoid Dorian making landfall. (Photo/Nick Wiersma) Download
  • A Convoy of Hope team member surveys aerial footage of the damage in the Bahamas from their phone. Communication to and from the island has been difficult because of the damage done to their infrastructure. (Photo/Jess Heugel) Download
  • September 15, 2019 | 8:30 a.m.

    Springfield, MOYesterday, the team worked to clear 18 pallets of product and delivered it to the warehouse in the Bahamas. The product will be delivered to distribution centers today.

    In Nassau, the ability to wash clothing has been expressed as a high need. Convoy of Hope has been able to deliver laundry detergent and buckets to a shelter, allowing evacuees from Abaco to wash their clothing by hand.

  • September 14, 2019 | 9:00 a.m.

    Springfield, MOLoads of relief supplies continue arriving in the Bahamas. Convoy of Hope team members are now more permanently on the ground and will help facilitate logistics for incoming loads in addition to coordinating with partners on the ground to serve communities in need.

    Additional product should arrive in Nassau next week. This will be the first container into Nassau, and it will help Convoy of Hope serve more than 2,000 evacuees who are currently housed in shelters.

  • September 12, 2019 | 10 a.m.

    Springfield, MOHurricane Dorian’s unpredictable, two-week-long assault in the Atlantic Ocean has left the Bahamas in ruins. Houses are now piles of timber. Low-lying areas are still flooded. Loved ones are still missing.

    Here’s what Convoy of Hope has done so far:

    - Convoy of Hope has delivered 23 plane loads carrying clean water, tarps, ready-to-eat food items, Crisis Care Kits, diapers, wipes, formula, and even two generators.

    - We have distributed more than 90,000 meals, 150 LuminAID solar lanterns, and 500 water filters to date.

    - We’ve served more than 2,000 families and 7,500 individuals.

    - We’ve assisted citizens of Freeport, Treasure Cay, Marsh Harbour, and Moore’s Island.

    In the United States, we've delivered five truckloads of resources to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The emergency manager of Ocracoke Island secured warehouse space to store the resources for distribution. Local officials and churches will coordinate distribution moving forward, as our team has departed North Carolina.

    We will continue to make updates as news comes from our teams in the Bahamas.

  • September 9, 2019 | 1:00 p.m.

    Abaco Islands, Bahamas

    UPDATE FROM THE FIELD

    Convoy of Hope Reporter Jess Heugel sent this update from the ground.

    The situation in the Abaco Islands is dire. Under the relentless sun, sweat runs down the faces of survivors who are still on the ground. Many people have left, but some cannot afford to leave. Hundreds of people gather next to the runway at the barely-functioning airport. There is no shelter, and they’ve been there for days baking in the sun, hoping to take any open seat on any airplane.

    Tension is in the air, wafting with the smell of those who have died and are yet to be found. Trees, cars, and entire buildings have been wrenched from the ground and scattered by the Hurricane Dorian, which hovered over the island for days. Destruction stretches out in all directions.

    But help is on the way.

    On Saturday, Convoy of Hope landed several planes loaded to maximum capacity with food, water, tarps, medicine, and other relief supplies. Immediately, our planes are surrounded by volunteers who want to help unload. These are local volunteers, too; people who no longer have homes and are dealing with unimaginable loss. But they have decided to use what strength they have left to help.

    Convoy of Hope staff and volunteers were able to connect with a truck that still had fuel and could transport supplies to a community center a few miles away. Survivors constantly come and go from this hub. Some need food, others need water. One man with a bloody bandage wrapped around his foot shoulders a case of water and slowly begins his way back home.

    International assistance continues to arrive, but the people of the Bahamas fear they’ll soon be forgotten by the world. Convoy of Hope and our partners are planning a long-term response to keep that from happening. For the months to come, we will continue loading relief supplies onto boats and airplanes. Thank you for standing with us and the people of the Bahamas in this catastrophic time.

    If you would like to donate to Convoy’s response, you can do so here.

  • September 8, 2019 | 4:30 p.m.

    Springfield, MOConvoy of Hope delivered eight more plane loads of relief supplies to Freeport and Treasure Cay yesterday. We also delivered product by boat to Moore’s Island. This is significant because relief supplies had not been distributed there yet.

    Further evacuations are being planned for Abaco while its infrastructure is being rebuilt, so our teams are exploring ways to assist the thousands of people that will now be sheltered in Nassau.

    As needs in the Bahamas shift almost daily, Convoy of Hope will continue resourcing those living there.

  • September 7, 2019 | 10:45 a.m.

    Springfield, MOConvoy of Hope delivered seven plane loads of relief supplies to Freeport and Treasure Cay yesterday afternoon. In total, the planes carried approximately 3,000 pounds of clean water, tarps, ready-to-eat food items, Crisis Care Kits, diapers, wipes, formula, and two generators.

    Approximately 1,500 meals were provided to evacuees from Abaco that are now being housed in temporary shelters in Nassau.

    Eight planes are scheduled to depart for Treasure Cay and Freeport today carrying the same urgent relief supplies. Water filtration units and temporary shelters, along with the delivery of food, hygiene items, and other immediate needs, will continue being delivered regularly.

    • Convoy of Hope International Disaster Services members load a plane full of relief supplies. These much-needed items will be distributed to Bahamians in need on islands cut off by Hurricane Dorian. (Photo/Jess Heugel) Convoy of Hope International Disaster Services members load a plane full of relief supplies. These much-needed items will be distributed to Bahamians in need on islands cut off by Hurricane Dorian. (Photo/Jess Heugel)
  • September 7, 2019 | 8:45 a.m.

    Freeport, Bahamas

    UPDATE FROM THE FIELD

    Convoy of Hope Reporter Jess Heugel sent this update from the ground.

    Convoy flew four planes into Freeport yesterday. Hundreds of families were lined up to receive product from the now-established centralized hub.

    The island was subject to more than a day of the most violent winds and rain Dorian unleashed as it pounded the Bahamas last week.

    One resident, Cindy, waited in line for water, which is a desperate need on the island. She shared that, as the storm was passing through, she tried to protect her children from the seriousness of their situation. Tears welled in her eyes as she spoke, remembering the terror of those hours.

    Now though, with water in hand and comforted by the knowledge that she can return for more each day, Cindy expressed her gratitude and left a little more hopeful than when she'd arrived.

  • September 6, 2019 | 12 p.m.

    Springfield, MO

    U.S. RESPONSE

    Hurricane Dorian officially made landfall in the U.S. Friday morning at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. It is still a Category 1 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. Thankfully, the storm has already cleared the U.S. and is on its way out to sea. Future forecasts have it impacting areas of the northeastern U.S. before hitting Atlantic Canada this weekend as a possible Category 1 storm.

    Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team was pre-positioned in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is now making their way to New Bern, North Carolina. Once there, they will stage at a local church parking lot before making their way by ferry to the affected areas in the Outer Bank. In the coming days, we will be distributing food, water, hygiene items, baby supplies and cleaning supplies to the communities affected by Dorian.

    BAHAMAS RESPONSE

    The full extent of Dorian’s destruction is being realized. The death toll stands at 20, but will most surely rise. Some estimates claim that 45% or all structures on Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands were damaged or destroyed after the hurricane struck as a Category 5 storm.

    A Convoy of Hope team is flying into Freeport this morning. This will be the first time we've been able to bring relief to this heavily affected area. They will be distributing food, water, hygiene kits, feminine products, and tarps. Multiple containers are en route to the islands with water, food, tarps and tents, water filters, and solar lights.

  • September 5, 2019 | 9:15 p.m.

    Springfield, MOHurricane Dorian, still a Category 2 hurricane, continues its march of destruction, causing power outages, flooded roads, and even reported tornadoes in North and South Carolina. The East Coast will finally feel some relief when the storm starts to veer back into the Atlantic Ocean on Friday, but there's still a long 24-hours to wait until that happens.

    In the Bahamas, the situation is grim. Thirty people have been confirmed dead, but the prime minister warns that number will soar. Hundreds remain missing. For more than 60,000 survivors, the prospect of food and water shortages are very real, according to the World Food Programme.

    A Convoy of Hope Disaster Services team is still on the ground in the Bahamas. They have managed to coordinate flights that will deliver relief goods into the affected islands. Flights are planned to begin tomorrow, and there will be multiple flights in each day. These flights will depart from the east coast of Florida and make deliveries across the affected regions of the Bahamas. We are also actively pursuing the option of sending containers of relief supplies via ship.

    • Volunteers unload crisis care kits from a plane in Nassau, Bahamas. (Photo/Jess Heugel) Volunteers unload crisis care kits from a plane in Nassau, Bahamas. (Photo/Jess Heugel)
  • September 5, 2019 | 11:15 a.m.

    Springfield, MOThe eye of Hurricane Dorian is perilously close to the South Carolina coast. After regaining major-hurricane status as a Category 3 storm, it’s 115-mph winds have lashed the southeastern U.S. since Tuesday evening. Dozens of streets are closed due to flooding and more than 200,000 customers have lost electricity, according to local sources. The storm still has the potential to make landfall anywhere along the North and South Carolina coasts.

    In the Bahamas, the full extent of Dorian’s destruction is being realized. The death toll stands at 20, but will most surely rise. Some estimates claim that 45% or all structures on Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands were damaged or destroyed after the hurricane struck as a Category 5 storm.

    Our Convoy of Hope International Disaster Services team have already begun training locals on water filter usage. Team members also attended a government meeting to see what the system at-large is doing and how Convoy of Hope best fits into that plan. Access is very limited to Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands at this point. These hardest-hit areas are also the most difficult to reach. As we respond, we’re also exploring options of how to transport supplies and relief to these communities.

    Our U.S. Disaster Services team has moved to North Carolina with two truckloads of supplies. As the possibility of a second landfall becomes more likely, they are ready to respond wherever Dorian may strike.

  • September 4, 2019 | 8:30 p.m.

    Nassau, BahamasUPDATE FROM THE FIELD

    Convoy of Hope Reporter Jess Heugel sent this update from the ground.

    Throughout many areas of the Bahamas, survivors of Hurricane Dorian are going to sleep under the stars. The mosquitoes are out, and the heat and humidity of the day still lingers in the air. Tens of thousands are huddled in roofless shelters, and others are camped in the ruins of their homes. Tomorrow, they will wake up and wonder if help is on the way.

    Convoy of Hope, alongside numerous other agencies and governmental organizations, is working together to answer their question: “Have we been forgotten?”

    Amidst spotty communication and transportation difficulties, Convoy of Hope is implementing a plan. Coordinating a full-scale response by land, sea, and air takes careful planning. We are sending water, food, tarps and tents, water filters, and solar lights, but access to the hardest hit places remains elusive to nearly every organization on the ground.

    Convoy of Hope's Director of International Disaster Services, Ryan Grabill, spent his day in intense conversation with pilots, pastors, governmental leaders, and survivors, to determine the most pressing needs and how to meet them together.

    We'll continue to post updates as we receive them from the field. Check back here for the latest information.

  • September 4, 2019 | 11 a.m.

    Springfield, MOHurricane Dorian’s unpredictable path is starting to become clear as it tracks just off the Florida coastline. From where it currently sits, it’s expected to continue up the East Coast and affect residents of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and southeast Virginia between now and Friday. It has remained a Category 2 storm that, despite being much smaller than when it struck the Bahamas earlier this week, will bring dangerous storm surge flooding, high winds, and several inches of rain.

    A Convoy of Hope International Disaster Services team arrived in Nassau yesterday afternoon with solar lanterns and water filters for immediate distribution. Our team will continue to work with partners to assess needs and find ways to respond accordingly.

    Another Disaster Services team is pre-positioned in Tennessee with two truckloads of supplies. This location will allow us to respond more quickly in the event the hurricane affects communities along the southeastern coast.

    If you would like to donate to Convoy of Hope’s response, you can do so here.

    • Buckets for water filtration systems are prepared to distribute to those affected by Hurricane Dorian. (Photo/Jess Heugel) Buckets for water filtration systems are prepared to distribute to those affected by Hurricane Dorian. (Photo/Jess Heugel)
  • September 3, 2019 | 12:30 p.m.

    Springfield, MOHurricane Dorian's sheer force crumpled cars, smashed homes, and knocked down trees all over the Bahamas. Floodwaters rose so quickly that it trapped many residents on top of their houses. Members of Convoy of Hope’s International Disaster Services team deployed to the islands early this morning, taking solar lanterns and water filters for immediate distribution. The team will work with partners, based in Nassau, to assess needs and respond accordingly.

    Dorian continues to lose momentum as it approaches the southeastern United States. While the storm is much weaker than it was when it hit the Bahamas this weekend, it still brings dangerous amounts of rain and storm surge. Current forecasts predict the storm will remain a Category 2 hurricane as it traverses the East Coast, with sustained winds of 110 mph.

    Another Disaster Services team is en route to Nashville, Tennessee, with two truckloads of supplies. This team is strategically positioning themselves to be able to respond more quickly in the event the hurricane affects communities along the southeastern coast of the United States.

  • September 2, 2019 | 11:30 a.m.

    Springfield, MOHurricane Dorian, now a Category 4 hurricane, is causing catastrophic damage to the northwestern Bahamas. Currently, the storm is over Grand Bahamas and moving at only 1 mph, with winds as high as 155 mph. Life-threatening storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 18 to 23 feet above normal tide levels. On Sunday, before the storm hit the islands, it became a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 185 mph. This tied with the 1935 Labor Day hurricane as the strongest Atlantic hurricane landfall on record, according to the National Hurricane Center.

    Convoy of Hope’s International Disaster Services team is responding to the devastation and destruction done by Hurricane Dorian. A team will deploy Tuesday morning for Nassau, Bahamas. After arrival, they will connect with partners in the area and will begin providing help to those in need.

    “Our team will take solar lights and water filters to distribute immediately,” says Jeff Nene, Convoy of Hope’s national spokesperson. “In addition, we will work with local partners to distribute food, water, hygiene items, and other disaster relief supplies. We worked in the Bahamas after Hurricane Joaquin in 2015 and have been in contact with many of the partners we worked with then. Our goal will be to provide immediate help to those who need it most.”

    In addition to the response to the Bahamas, Convoy of Hope’s United States Disaster Services team will pre-position a response team in Nashville, Tennessee, to deploy to areas impacted by Dorian as it moves north along the eastern coast of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas over the next few days.

    If you would like to donate to Convoy of Hope’s response, you can do so here.

  • August 31, 2019 | 7:50 p.m.

    Springfield, MOHurricane Dorian’s path has shifted; it’s track has moved to the east, and there is a smaller chance that it will make direct landfall in Florida. However, the state could still experience life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds. In addition, the risk of strong winds and dangerous storm surge has increased along the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

    At this time, the Bahamas are still in the path of this very dangerous Category 4 storm. Dorian is expected to strike the islands on Sunday. Convoy of Hope teams have been in close contact with partners in the Bahamas, and will respond alongside them if necessary.

    Convoy of Hope's Disaster Services team is monitoring the storm closely and will deploy the team when and where there is a need, depending on where the storm lands. Convoy of Hope is in contact with numerous partners and churches along the potential impact zone. We will continue these communications as long as the storm has the potential to affect the United States.

  • August 30, 2019 | 9:30 a.m.

    Springfield, MOAs Hurricane Dorian steadily churns its way toward the coast of Florida, Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team is preparing to depart. Trucks are being loaded with supplies, vehicles double-checked for the drive, and we’re already in contact with local partners and government agencies. 

    Even with everything ready to go, there is one vital piece of information missing — a destination. Dorian is projected to become a Category 4 storm by the time it reaches the United States, packing sustained winds of that could exceed 130 mph, but it’s too early to pinpoint exactly where the storm will hit. Contingency plans are being developed so Convoy of Hope’s team can arrive in the hardest-hit areas as soon as the storm passes. 

    Current models are showing that the storm will hit on Monday. By that time, Convoy of Hope will have food, water, clean-up supplies, and more ready to be distributed to those who are affected. 

    If you would like to donate to Convoy of Hope’s response, you can do so here.

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