Writer: Anusha T.
Visual: Kiana H.
Editor: Ishani S.
Hurricane Dorian has become one of the strongest tropical storms ever to hit the Atlantic Ocean. It smashed into the Bahamas on September 6, at its highest speed, 295 mph, the same speed as the 1935 Labour Day Hurricane. Only 35 hurricanes have reached category 5 in the 300 hurricanes recorded in history that have occured. Hurricane Dorian is among them, and its effects have been devastating.
The majority of Dorian’s impact was in the Bahamas, killing 45 people and displacing 70,000(CBS News). It made its way to Florida, the Carolinas and made its final impact in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Around the world, leaders have been responding to this crisis with messages of solidarity – there have been offers of material support from the UK, US, Canada, China and other countries. At the same time, inconsistent rules on part of US immigration have made things much worse for some unlucky Bahamians. Bahamians were allowed to enter the United States without a visa by air, but that was to be extended to allow arrivals by boat during a humanitarian crisis(such as Dorian) however when they finally arrived in the US, dozens of Dorian survivors were forced to return to the Bahamas because they did not have a US visa.
Which brings us to how does ISM connect to this situation, and how do we show support as a community? Mr. Woods, the CAS coordinator, gave his opinion on what ISM’s responsibility is when faced with disasters such as these. “With an international community like ours the responsibility of ISM is to connect and understand all of these issues, whether this takes place in a Geography class or as part of a TOK lesson or in a particular service organization having discussions about this. ISM’s responsibility is to understand from an educational perspective.”. He further went on to elaborate on the challenges ISM. As there are so many crises, ISM takes a strategic approach to selecting local issues to get involved with. He said “the issue that any organization has is who do we support and who do we not.” ISM selects the organizations to partner with who have a focus on the Philippines and currently has over 60 partners already across the service programs and CAS. Mr Woods continued, “In addition to ISM’s local service involvement, we have also donated to organizations such as UNICEF to support disasters in Marawi, Mozambique and Haiti, Nepal previously.” We hope everyone impacted by hurricane Dorian stays safe and even as a student in a school almost a 1000 miles you can help too!
Learn how to help at https://www.realsimple.com/work-life/money/hurricane-dorian-donations