Rain and winds from Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 storm, have displaced nearly 15,000 people in Haiti. Many of them are cut off from access to relief supplies, with roads and bridges washed away or impassable. South, Southeast, Grande Anse, Nippes, North West, and West areas of Haiti are most affected. Flooding from the storm is expected to exacerbate pre-existing epidemics such as cholera, dengue fever, and Zika. The U.S. military has deployed assets to assist with the distribution of humanitarian supplies in Haiti.
The storm is now approaching the United States. Florida is expected to be impacted late Thursday into Friday and then the storm is expected to sweep up the coast to the Carolinas.
Counties on the East coast of Florida are in mandatory evacuations, the National Guard has been activated, and schools and government offices are closed. Similar actions have been taken in Georgia. In South Carolina, mandatory evacuations affecting 1.5 million people are taking place, and the governor has declared a state of emergency.
Funds raised will be used for mid- to long-term recovery efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Matthew, with the goal of supporting the most vulnerable populations, and filling the gaps in government and international aid.
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is a full-time resource to help donors make more thoughtful disaster-related giving decisions and maximize the impact of their gifts.
With an emphasis on recovery and disaster risk reduction, CDP aims to:
- Increase the effectiveness of contributions given to disasters;
- Bring greater attention to the life cycle of disasters, from preparedness and planning, to relief, to rebuilding and recovery efforts;
- Provide timely and relevant advice from experts with deep knowledge of disaster philanthropy;
- Conduct due diligence so donors can give with confidence; and
- Create plans for informed giving for individuals, corporations and foundations.