Hurricane Dorian was the most powerful tropical cyclone on record to strike the Bahamas and is regarded as the worst natural disaster in the country’s history.
Hurricane Dorian made landfall on Grand Bahamas Island and Abacos Island as Category 5 hurricane on September 1, 2019 and hovered over the islands for 2 days battering islands with up to 185 MPH winds.
Nearly 3500 homes were damaged by the storm with over 400 being completely destroyed. Roughly 1500 homes had medium to major damage while 1350 homes had minor damage. 70% of these homes were uninsured. The initial response to this tragedy has been wonderful: supplying food, water, and clothing to the residents of Grand Bahamas. Now, nearly 6 months after the storm, the need for assistance continues as we repair homes and try to help reestablish a sense of normalcy. The Florida-Bahamas Synod Disaster Response, together with our congregation in Freeport, Our Saviour Lutheran Church, is providing much needed assistance, but we continue to need your help. Volunteer groups, as well as funding, continues to be needed to accomplish our 5-year plan to restore the lives of our siblings in Christ on Grand Bahamas island.