Here's how to help communities affected by Hurricane Dorian

Posted at 4:10 PM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 17:10:41-04

(CNN/WTVF) — As Hurricane Dorian batters the Bahamas, residents are reporting widespread devastation, homes ripped apart, water covering everything in its path. Families are trapped and lives lost. Right now, the U.S. Coast Guard is helping the Bahamas Royal Police rescue people from their homes. And we're just beginning to understand how bad the damage is.

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Several U.S. charities are sending medical teams, tarps, radios, food, water and other relief supplies.

Here's a list of other organizations pitching in to help, according to CBS News.

The city of Miami will have 16 drop-off locations to collect donations at fire stations and churches. The city is collecting water, canned goods and baby formulas to bring to the Bahamas Wednesday, weather permitting.

World Central Kitchen
Chef José Andrés' World Central Kitchen has provided relief for communities impacted by past storms. Andrés already said he's on the ground ready to help feed people in the Bahamas.

Humane Society of the United States
The Humane Society has already transported 80 animals in an effort to evacuate animal shelters across Florida before the hurricane makes its way to the coast.

"By transporting dogs and cats who were already up for adoption out of the region, we are able to increase the capacity of the threatened communities as they prepare for flooding and an anticipated influx of displaced animals," Kate MacFall, Florida senior state director for the Humane Society of the United States, said in a statement to CBS News. "A lot of these animals are big dogs with lots of love to give, and they will make fantastic family members."

Save The Children
Save The Children will be working with local organizations to help reopening childcare and educational programs in the impacted areas. The nonprofit assisted more than 25,000 people after Hurricane Michael in 2018.

International Relief Teams
More than 1,000 disaster kits from International Relief Teams are ready to be distributed for Floridians impacted by the storm.

After Hurricane Harvey, International Relief Teams sent over $47,000 in ready-to-eat meals to Victoria, Texas.

International Medical Corps
This organization is working with the Florida Department of Health to provide medical care as the state prepares for Hurricane Dorian, as well as authorities in North Carolina.

Previously, International Medical Corps helped dozens of health clinics in Puerto Rico during Hurricanes Maria and Irma, providing care to 63,000 patients.