The Bermuda Red Cross has launched an appeal to help those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, where the Category 5 storm left widespread devastation and at least five people dead.

A spokesperson said: “The Bermuda Red Cross has launched an appeal for those affected by Hurricane Dorian, one of the strongest hurricanes on record in the Atlantic Ocean.”

“Although the full impact of this disaster remains unknown, the Bermuda community are eager to help where they can.”

Ann Spencer-Arscott, Executive Director for Bermuda Red Cross said: “The Bahamas Islands are going to need as much help from communities around the world. As the hurricane moves away, they will be assessing the damage and determining the needs of their people. Please note that we are accepting financial donations only.”

“Funds will allow Red Cross volunteers and humanitarian workers already on the ground to help communities evacuate, prepare, and face the first hours/days after the storm has passed. Bermuda Red Cross is accepting financial donations to assist the Red Cross offices in Bahamas in performing its tasks in assisting the communities affected.

“Donations can be made by direct deposit into the following account:

  • BNTB Bank Account No: 20 006 060 365472 200
  • Clarien Bank Account No: 4010035760

“Or call us at 236-8253 with debit/credit card details, mail or stop in at our offices:

  • Bermuda Red Cross
  • Hurricane Dorian Disaster Relief Appeal
  • Charleswood,
  • 9 Berry Hill Road, Paget DV 03

“The best way to help a disaster victim is through a financial donation to the Red Cross. Financial contributions allow the Red Cross to purchase exactly what is needed for the disaster relief operation. The Red Cross initially responds to most international relief efforts with monetary support and when needed, ships items such as comfort kits, clean-up kits, medical supplies, tents or tarps.

“Monetary donations also enable the Red Cross to purchase relief supplies close to the disaster site, which avoids delays and transportation costs in getting basic necessities to disaster victims. Because the affected community has generally experienced significant economic loss, purchasing relief supplies in or close to the disaster site also helps to stimulate the weakened local economy.”