Disney will donate over $1M to relief efforts in Bahamas after Dorian
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The Walt Disney Company announced on Tuesday that it will be donating more than $1 million to help relief and recovery efforts in the Bahamas after the region was recently hit by Hurricane Dorian. 


Disney CEO Robert A. Iger said in a statement that the corporation “stands with the people of The Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian.” 

“We hope our $1 million donation will provide much-needed relief and help our neighbors, colleagues, and all those impacted by this devastating storm begin the long process of recovery as they work to put their lives and communities back together,” he continued.

The company said the $1 million donation will go toward supporting nonprofit relief agencies committed to recovery and rebuilding efforts in the region. The corporation also said it will be providing a “range of resources” to Disney employees in the Bahamas who were impacted by the hurricane.

The company said that Castaway Cay, a private island in the Bahamas that also acts as a port for the Disney Cruise Line, experienced “tropical force strength winds” during the storm. The company said it “employs more than 60 Bahamians from Abaco and Grand Bahama, as well as several employees from other Bahamian islands.”

Over the past few days, footage has been going viral across social media that shows devastation in the Bahamas brought on by Hurricane Dorian, which has already started to hit parts of the Florida coast and is expected to reach the Carolinas. 

Some videos show homes being flooded up to the second floor and waves overtaking the Freeport International Airport.

Jeff Vahle, the president of Disney Cruise Line, said that as needs in the Bahamas are being assessed, the company is “prepared to aid the relief and recovery efforts through funding, the provision of supplies and by providing support to our Bahamian Crew Members.” 

“Disney continues to monitor Hurricane Dorian and will coordinate on an ongoing basis with nonprofit organizations on emergency response efforts,” the corporation also said.

“This includes sharing lifesaving information with families before and during emergencies, prepositioning supplies at-the-ready to respond rapidly to natural disasters, and providing resources to activate large-scale responses as needed in the event of a disaster," it added.