Increasing all the way to a life-threatening Category 5 storm at its peak, Hurricane Dorian has pummeled the Bahamas, wreaking havoc in the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. Hurricane Dorian then moved along the southeast coast of the U.S, devastating Ocracoke Island in North Carolina. International Medical Corps is in the Bahamas to address most urgent needs, and deploying to North Carolina to support affected areas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.
With sustained winds of 185 miles per hour and storm surges as high as 23 feet, Hurricane Dorian is the strongest to ever make landfall on the Bahamas. The devastating storm has caused an unprecedented level of damage to the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, with thousands in need. As it moved slowly towards the U.S., Dorian then slammed the Outer Banks of North Carolina with hurricane force winds and caused torrential rainfall. The most impacted area in the state is the island of Ocracoke.
International Medical Corps is on the ground in the Bahamas and deploying to North Carolina to save lives and help those affected by Hurricane Dorian. Our teams will provide health and health-related care to address most urgent needs, reaching the most vulnerable populations following Dorian's landfall. Activities span primary medical assistance, water, sanitation and hygiene support, and addressing mental health and psychosocial support needs.
International Medical Corps' approach is to be a global, first responder by providing immediate care and ensuring a sustained impact in the communities we serve. We have extensive experience building back better, providing medical care and other lifesaving relief in the aftermath of disaster for over three decades. International Medical Corps has provided both relief and recovery support following Hurricanes Irma, Maria, Florence, and Michael across affected areas of the U.S. and Caribbean.