USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance has deployed an elite Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to the central Caribbean. These disaster experts will coordinate with governments of affected countries--including Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, and Belize-- and humanitarian organizations on the ground to bring vital humanitarian assistance to those in need, if requested.
USAID has also strategically pre-positioned emergency relief supplies -- including shelter materials, blankets, hygiene kits, household items, and water purification equipment -- to ensure they are available to help the affected communities.
After Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti in October 2016, response actors estimated that as many as 35,000 families—approximately 175,000 people—in Grand’Anse and Sud departments whose homes were damaged or destroyed relocated to temporary shelters. USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) responded by distributing emergency shelter supplies, including plastic sheeting and shelter repair kits, to help displaced households return home quickly.
Food security improves substantially in hurricane-affected areas, WFP reports. USAID/OFDA partners assist more than 15,000 displaced people to return home. USAID/OFDA provides additional $2.5 million for hurricane-affected families. Number of suspected cholera cases continues to decline
Immediately after a disaster, access to safe drinking water is crucial to protect the health of affected populations and prevent water-borne disease outbreaks.
After Category 4 Hurricane Mathew made landfall in southwestern Haiti on October 4, 2016, severely damaging water and sanitation infrastructure, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) prioritized the fast provision of safe drinking water throughout acutely affected areas.
WFP continues second-round food distributions in hurricane-affected areas of Haiti.
Response actors coordinate assistance for families vacating temporary shelters.
USAID/OFDA shelter partners launch “build back safer” initiative.
The best way to help those affected by a disaster overseas is to make a monetary donation to a reputable humanitarian organization working in the disaster zone.
As a U.S. government agency, USAID does not accept donations for its crisis response effort. Organizations listed below are experienced and are participating directly in Hurricane Matthew relief efforts.
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Last updated: February 22, 2017