It’s wonderful that so many people’s first reaction is, “How can I help?” Unless you have disaster response training, the answer right now is to donate money and supplies, and to keep survivors in your thoughts as the specific needs and opportunities to serve are identified.
We know that the community here in New York wants to help in any way possible, so we have compiled some resources to help you make the biggest impact:
In response to Hurrican Dorian, below are some verified organizations and ways to give back though donations.
Bahamas Consulate General (NYC)
TO ORDER AND SEND SUPPLIES
Oasis Bahamas: Needs include generators, portable stoves, butane, air mattresses, flashlights, batteries, tarps, tools, nonperishable food, can openers, toiletries (e.g. soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste); menstrual hygiene products (e.g. pads, tampons), baby items (formula, baby food, pampers)
All too often in recent years, headlines have brought news of terrible disasters in our world. Whether international or domestic, natural or man made, these crises prompt us to ask how we can use our resources to help those directly impacted.
At New York University, students have responded to large-scale disasters by hosting fundraisers, organizing donation and blood drives, and planning campus-wide vigils. As members of a global community, it is important that we support relief efforts, as well as provide resources to those on our own campuses who have been touched by tragedy. If you are an NYU community member looking to organize or join disaster response efforts, please consider the following:
Student organizations and Student Government are often the main mobilizers of campus response efforts. Check NYU OrgSync to connect with student clubs.
When events, vigils, or fundraisers are planned, information can be found on the NYU Service Facebook page.
Google Person Finder can help victims of a disaster connect with friends and loved ones. Person Finder allows users to look for or post information about people in six languages. Safety Check is a similar tool offered by Facebook.
Students in need of emotional support or counseling services should reach out to the Wellness Exchange — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week — at 212.443.9999 or by dialing 9999 from any campus phone. (Click here to find the local Wellness Exchange phone number for students in NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Shanghai, or at an NYU global site.) Students may also reach out to the Office of Global Spiritual Life on campus.