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How to help in the Bahama's relief efforts

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(Kitco News) - Now is the time to make a difference. A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in the Bahamas as the country is just starting to deal with the fallout after it was bombarded by Hurricane Dorian for three days.

"We are in the midst of one of the greatest national crises in our country's history," Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis told a news conference. "No effort or resources will be held back."

Global aid organization are looking for critical donations to help the people who have been impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

According to reports as many as 13,000 homes have been destroyed by the category five hurricane. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said this is the strongest storm ever to hit the Bahamas.

The official death count from the Hurricane is at seven but Minnis said that is just preliminary information and he expects the toll to rise significantly.

Along with the need for shelter the United Nations Food Programme said in a statement that food may be required for 14,000 people the northern Bahamas' Abaco Islands and for 5,700 people in Grand Bahama.

Governments around the world are already mobilizing to help the beleaguer nation.

The Canadian government said that it would give up to $500,000 in emergency assistance to support experienced humanitarian organizations.

"We continue to work closely with [the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency] and the Government of the Bahamas to identify how Canada can best support the provision of emergency assistance," a statement released by Global Affairs Canada.

The U.S. Agency for International Development said on Twitter it was air-lifting critical relief items, such as plastic sheeting, hygiene kits, and water containers.The U.S. Coast Guard said four of its helicopters were assisting in humanitarian efforts.

Here are just a few of the organizations that you can donate to, to help in the relief effort.

All Hands & Hearts

All Hands and Hearts works to address the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. They deploy volunteers to help build safer, more resilient schools, homes and infrastructure.

You can fill out an application to become a volunteer or donate toward their hurricane relief response efforts.

Red Cross

Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word DORIAN to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations will enable the Red Cross to provide food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance.

National Association of The Bahamas

The NAB is a non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1993 serving Bahamian interest and supporting The Bahamas

You can visit their website www.nabmiami.org to make a donation.

International Medical Corps

The global humanitarian nonprofit is sending medical teams to the Bahamas at the request of the Florida Department of Health and is seeking donations that will be used to help provide affected Bahamians with the medical care they need.

Donations can be made online.

You can click here to donate online

World Central Kitchen

World Central Kitchen, founded by D.C. chef and restaurateur José Andrés, will be setting up kitchens once Hurricane Dorian has moved further north in order to bring food to people in affected areas

You can click here to donate on line.

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