Having pummeled the Bahamas, as of writing, Hurricane Dorian continues to travel slowly up the east coast of the United States — its exact course and ultimate effects as yet unknown. Widespread evacuation orders are in effect from Florida to the Carolinas as communities prepare for heavy rain, winds, and storm surges.
Episcopal schools in the potential path of the storm have made preparations under the direction of civil authorities, including school closings. NAES will keep our members abreast of news from our schools in Dorian’s path as the storm progresses.
Widespread destruction in the Bahamas, particularly in the Abaco Islands, has caused a humanitarian crisis. Access to the Bahamas is limited at this time. NAES urges those school communities who wish to support relief efforts to exercise patience and to work with well-established disaster relief agencies such as Episcopal Relief and Development. In the early stages of any natural disaster, financial contributions — rather than contributions of supplies — are often the most effective way to help. Episcopal Relief and Development, along with specific Episcopal dioceses, are mobilizing efforts.
Here are some early reports and ways to help:
- EPISCOPAL NEWS SERVICE: Hurricane Dorian threatens coast from Florida to Carolinas as Episcopalians evacuate, offer help
- EPISCOPAL NEWS SERVICE: Episcopal Relief and Development Supports Dioceses Responding to Hurricane Dorian
- EPISCOPAL RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT: Hurricane Relief Fund