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Preparing for Hurricane Dorian

Field Report by Operation Blessing

UPDATE 9/6/2019

In the Bahamas, we’re continuing to reach deeper into the effected areas with aid. And Operation Blessing stands ready to serve the residents of the Carolinas who were also affected by Hurricane Dorian. Men, women, and children across coastal regions have been left without power and in need of supplies as they recover from the storm. Your generous support is providing these critical resources for families in need. For all the latest, visit our Hurricane Dorian page.

UPDATE 9/5/2019

The Operation Blessing disaster relief team is helping those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. The storm struck the Bahamas as a Category 5, devastating local communities. Thanks to your support, Operation Blessing is staged to provide critical resources to Bahamian men, women, and children. You are providing aqua tabs and water chlorinators to those who are in desperate need of clean water. And more relief will soon be on its way.

We are also pre-staged in several locations and ready to help on the East Coast of the U.S.

UPDATE: 9/4/2019

Dorian has turned north, skirting the coasts of Florida and Georgia while putting North and South Carolina squarely in its crosshairs. Operation Blessing’s U.S. Disaster Relief Team is moving equipment to pre-staged in the Carolinas, to prepare for Dorian’s impact.

In the Bahamas, Operation Blessing teams will soon arrive with emergency relief for the beleaguered survivors. Keep checking here for the latest updates on Operation Blessing’s response to Hurricane Dorian.

UPDATE: 9/2/2019

Hurricane Dorian has caused catastrophic damage in the Bahamas. Operation Blessing’s International Disaster Relief team will soon deploy to the area, bringing emergency relief like medicine, water filters, and solar lights. After the initial assessment team arrives, OB will send in doctors to tend to the sick.

Stateside, OB’s U.S. Disaster Relief Team has pre-staged in South Carolina, ready to respond wherever Dorian makes landfall.

UPDATE: 9/1/2019

Operation Blessing’s U.S. Disaster Relief Team has been monitoring Hurricane Dorian very closely. This monster storm has been upgraded to a Category 5 hurricane threatening the southern East Coast of the U.S. Coastal residents are bracing for powerful winds, heavy rain, flash flooding, and storm surge. Several of our southern states have declared a state of emergency.

Our advanced team has already deployed with truckloads of food, supplies, equipment, and a shower trailer. They will continue communicating with various local and state emergency officials, church partners, and threatened communities as we prepare for the potential impacts of the storm.

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8/30/2019
Operation Blessing’s U.S. Disaster Relief Team has been monitoring Hurricane Dorian very closely. It’s projected to make landfall as a Category 4 Hurricane on the Florida coast on Monday, September 2 or Tuesday, September 3. Florida is bracing for powerful winds, heavy rain, flash flooding, and storm surge. Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency.

Operation Blessing’s advanced team is heading to Ocala, FL with truckloads of food, supplies, equipment, and a shower trailer. They will continue communicating with local and state emergency officials, church partners, and members of the community as we prepare for the potential impacts of the storm. Members of our U.S. Disaster Relief Team will be pre-staging equipment from our Ocala warehouse ahead of landfall.

Operation Blessing prestages for Hurricane Dorian in our warehouse.

OB’s Blake Mueller said, “Our overall mission is to end human suffering down there in the disaster related area. And how we do that is by setting distribution centers that have non-perishable items along with hygiene products and cleaning supplies to hand out to the community. Not only that, but we offer free, hot meals to the community.”

If you are in the projected path of the Hurricane Dorian, we encourage you to be vigilant as you monitor the potential impact.

Please join us as we pray for those who have already been affected by the storm, and for those who are in its path.

Stay tuned for updates and potential volunteer opportunities as we see Dorian’s impact unfold. And please consider giving a special gift to our disaster relief fund at this time.

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  • I worry that after they leave the Welcome tent that you wonderfully have set up for refugees leaving Ukraine that they will run into Human trafficers disguised as helpful but leading them to trouble. Would it be possible to have places set up ahead of time for them to hopefully have permanent shelter and safe passage to get there. The danger of human trafficing is so scary. Thanks.

    • Operation Blessing says:

      Diane, we do help them make connections with church partners throughout the country that have shelters, and we also help supply those shelters with food and other vital items. Thank you for your thoughtful concern!