Overview

Hurricane Matthew crossed the Western portion of Haiti on October 4 and portions of Eastern Cuba that afternoon. It was the first category 4 storm to make landfall in Haiti since 1964. The death count associated with the storm is more than 500. The hurricane destroyed homes, displaced thousands of  people, ruined plantations, and drowned livestock.

Matthew grazed the Florida coast early October 7  and continued its slow, destructive march north during the next several days. Hurricane Matthew and its subsequent flooding and storm surges was responsible for 46 deaths across Florida, Georgia, and South and North Carolina. Millions were left without power for days and roads throughout the southeast were closed or compromised. In North Carolina, flooding wreaked havoc far inland, with numerous dam breeches that left nearly a million people without water for more than a week.

Matthew caused major storm surges all along the Atlantic Coast, bringing with it torrential rains and inland flooding. It’s estimated that damages from the storm among insured properties will be between $4 and 6 billion. Damages among uninsured properties will be much higher.

President Obama declared state of emergencies in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, allowing federal agencies to coordinate relief efforts.

Sources: National Weather Service, The Weather Channel, CNN News, responding NGOs and funders

Background

People make their way along a flooded road near Cite Soleil in Port au Prince. Hurricane Michael passed over Haiti today, with heavy rains and winds. While the capital Port au Prince was mostly spared from the full strength of the class 4 hurricane, the western cities of Les Cayes and Jeremie received the full force sustaining wind and water damage across wide areas. Photo Logan Abassi UN/MINUSTAH
People make their way along a flooded road near Cite Soleil in Port au Prince. While the capital Port au Prince was mostly spared from the full strength of the class 4 hurricane, the western cities of Les Cayes and Jeremie received the full force sustaining wind and water damage across wide areas (photo by Logan Abassi UN/MINUSTAH)

Matthew grazed the Florida coast early October 7  and continued its slow, destructive march north during the next several days. Hurricane Matthew and its subsequent flooding and storm surges was responsible for 40 deaths across Florida, Georgia, and South and North Carolina. Millions were left without power for days and roads throughout the southeast were closed or compromised. In North Carolina, flooding wreaked havoc far inland, with numerous dam breeches that left nearly a million people without water for over a week.

Matthew caused major storm surges all along the Atlantic Coast, bringing with it torrential rains and inland flooding. It’s estimated that damages from the storm among insured properties will be between $4 and 6 billion. Damages among uninsured properties will be much higher.

Hurricane Matthew crossed the Western portion of Haiti on October 4 and portions of Eastern Cuba on that afternoon. It was the first category 4 storm to make landfall in in Haiti since 1964.

In addition, there is the threat of a large cholera outbreak following the flooding associated with the storm. About 3,500 suspected cholera cases have been reported during the first three weeks of October. Other health concerns include nearly 14,000 pregnant women in hurricane-affected areas who will give birth by January, and more than 100,000 children under the age of 5 at risk of acute malnutrition.

Over 2.1 million people are affected. About 175,000 people remain in temporary shelters. An estimated half a million are living temporarily with friends or family. At least 600 people have died from the storm. There are 774 schools damaged or destroyed, leaving more than 100,000 children out of school, although students began returning to some classrooms in November.

The storm severely affected crops, livestock, and overall food security inside Haiti. An assessment conducted by Lutheran World Relief in the North region indicated that 60 percent of crops and plantations have been destroyed and 60 percent of irrigation canals were damaged. Ninety percent of fruits from trees were lost and 80 percent of fish traps were destroyed.

Donors

3M Company Contributions Program, $250,000 to the American Red Cross and Global Giving.

AARP Foundation, a $500,000 donation match to Partners in Health.

Abbott Fund, $75,000 to Partners in Health.

Aetna Foundation, Inc., $50,000 to American Red Cross and $50,000 to Team Rubicon.

AKC Reunite, $5,000 to Lenoir County SPCA, $200,00 to AKC Pet Disaster Relief Program and in-kind donations.

AT&T Inc. Corporate Giving Program, $25,000 to North Carolina Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund.

BD Corporate Giving Program, $150,000 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, $25,000 to AmeriCares.

Campbell Soup Company Contributions Program, $25,000 to the Robeson County Red Cross.

Carolina Panthers Corporate Giving Program, $250,000 to high school athletic programs in affected areas of the Carolinas.

CERF+’s Disaster Relief Fund will fund emergency grants to artists working in craft disciplines who have had career-threatening losses.

Cisco Systems, Inc. Corporate Giving Program, $100,000 to the American Red Cross, CARE, CRS, IFRC, IMC, Mercy Corps, Partners in Health, Save the Children, World Food Program and UNICEF.

Cumberland Community Foundation has launched the Giving Together Hurricane Relief Fund to support relief and recovery efforts in Cumberland County, North Carolina.

Discover Financial Services Corporate Giving Program, $500,000 to American Red Cross.

Duke Energy Corporation Contributions Program, $125,000 to the American Red Cross, $50,000 to the One SC Fund, $25,000 to Red Cross South Carolina, $25,000 to Harvest Hope Food Bank, $50,000 to United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties, $25,000 to Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of Florida, and $25,000 to Heart of Florida United Way.

Enterprise Holdings Foundation, $100,000 to Americares and $150,000 to the American Red Cross.

Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund was established by the United Way of Northeast Florida, United Way of St. Johns County, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida and the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville to help those affected by Hurricane Matthew in Northeast Florida. The Jessie Ball duPont Fund opened the FFCRF with a $250,000 initial gift and will match additional gifts for a total donation of up to $500,000.

Food Lion, LLC Corporate Giving Program, $100,000 to food banks in North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia; $25,000 to the American Red Cross.

Global Fund for Women is raising funds for grants in areas affected by Hurricane Matthew. The GFFW invests in rights by getting money and support to women-led organizations that are fighting for justice in their own communities.

Global Giving has launched a fund that will assist its vetted, locally driven nonprofit partners on the ground in Haiti and across the Caribbean.

The Haiti Institute is a newly established organization born from The Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation. The Haiti Fund was created in the wake of the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The five-year fund was created to provide long-term relief and reconstruction support to communities in Haiti and Haitian-Americans in the greater Boston area. Now, The Haiti Institute will leverage the depth and breathe of our work over the past five years to promote sustainable and equitable development in Haiti.

Home Depot Foundation, Inc., $500,000 to Team Rubicon, Operation Blessing, Convoy of Hope and the American Red Cross.

Jet Blue Airways Corporation Contributions Program, $100,000 to American Red Cross, AmeriCares, and Concern Worldwide.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington has set up a Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund to provide immediate support for the most critical and urgent needs identified in places like Haiti, throughout the Caribbean and the southeastern United States.

Kohl’s Corporation Contributions Program, $100,000 to the American Red Cross.

Kroger Co. Contributions Program, $235,000 to American Red Cross relief stations and local food banks, $52,000 in pet food donations.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc., Corporate Giving Program, $500,000 to the American Red Cross.

Lowe’s Foods, $500,000 to the American Red Cross, 42,000 pounds of food and water to Harvest Hope Food Bank.

Meritor, Inc. Trust, $5,000 to Union Chapel Harvest Ministries.

National Bank of Canada Corporate Giving Program, $37,792 to the Canadian Red Cross.

Norfolk Southern Corporation Contributions Program, $50,000 to the American Red Cross.

North Carolina Community Foundation has re-activated its statewide Disaster Relief Fund to support relief efforts related to Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina. The fund will support nonprofits with programs that can help hurricane victims included in the 31 counties that have been designated a federal state of emergency. This region includes areas of central and eastern North Carolina.

One SC Fund was established by the Central Carolina Community Foundation and the governor of South Carolina to help those affected in South Carolina recover from the storm and other natural disasters.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation, in partnership with Dare County and Interfaith Community Outreach, has reactivated its Disaster Relief Fund to support recovery efforts on the Outer Banks. The foundation is waiving all fees associated with donations to the fund.

Publix Super Markets Charities, $1 million to the American Red Cross.

Sonoco Products Company Contributions Program, $50,000 to the American Red Cross.

Starbucks Foundation, $100,000 to the American Red Cross, $25,000 to Team Rubicon.

Stream, $25,000 to the American Red Cross.

SunTrust Bank Atlanta Foundation, $250,000 to the American Red Cross.

Target Corporation Contributions Program, $100,000 to the American Red Cross, $100,000 in gift cards to the Salvation Army in affected areas, $25,000 in direct funds and $25,000 in gift cards to Team Rubicon, $75,000 to Save the Children for impacted areas in the Caribbean, $75,000 to UNICEF for impacted areas in the Caribbean.

TD Bank, N.A. Corporate Giving Program, $100,000 to the American Red Cross.

TD Charitable Foundation, $100,000 to the American Red Cross.

The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation, $250,000 to Hope for Haiti.

The Rite Aid Foundation, $125,000 to the American Red Cross.

United Airlines, Inc., Corporate Giving Program, $100,000 to the American Red Cross, AmeriCares, Airlink and Operation USA.

USANA True Health Foundation, $40,000 to International Relief Teams, $40,000 for Children’s Hunger Fund.

Western Union Foundation, $25,000 to Mercy Corps.

Please send your updates for this page to anna.hurt@disasterphilanthropy.org.

NGO Response

ActionAid is supporting the distribution of 1,300 cholera emergency kits in Haiti, assisting in the repair of water systems, homes and roads, operating a cash transfer program aimed at women, and opening women- and child-friendly spaces in affected areas.

Airlink is working with 12 organizations who are planning to respond, and many more who are monitoring the storm to see how they can best support. Airlink is also in contact with USAID/OFDA, ECHO, DFID, and the World Food Programme to coordinate response. There is a high need for hygiene kits, medical supplies, shelter, and clean water supplies to be shipped into the region, and Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs) are being deployed.

All Hands is currently en route to Haiti and teams are standing by to assist in the Southeastern United States. Initial efforts will be focused on priorities set in concert with local partners who are attuned to the most specific needs of their communities and are likely to include projects like the clearing of debris, opening of roads and the building of temporary shelters.

American Jewish World Service is assessing damage with core partners and planning to focus on partner infrastructure, support to affected communities along the border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, livelihood support and water-borne disease prevention. AJWS has a long-time program presence in Haiti, with an emphasis on helping oppressed people advocate for human rights.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has a disaster response team in North Caolina and has assisted nearly 950 animals through pre-evacuation, field rescue, transport and sheltering needs in Georgia and South Carolina.

Americares has a response team on the ground in Haiti is reaching out to Americares local partner organizations in the region. Anticipating the need for medical support following this type of emergency, Americares is preparing to send additional relief workers and medicines and supplies.
CARE is responding to this devastating storm with clean drinking water, food assistance and emergency supplies such as tarps for shelter, blankets and hygiene kits. CARE is currently providing meals to hundreds of people in evacuation shelters. CARE is one of the largest humanitarian organizations within Haiti.

Clean the World  is preparing to send soap and hygiene supplies to the impacted regions of Haiti, as well as the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and the Bahamas, which also have been impacted by the storm.

Concern Worldwide has a long-time presence in Haiti and is responding with in-country staff and pre-positioned supplies. Additional response will be outlined as needs are assessed.

Direct Relief tapped pre-positioned nine hurricane preparedness packs along Hurricane Matthew’s path, each with enough medicine and supplies to care for 100 people for three to five days. These kits, first developed following serious gaps identified ten years ago after Hurricane Katrina, are specifically designed for hurricanes and floods. Direct Relief’s emergency team also contacted partner clinics and health centers to coordinate aid. Direct Relief is also coordinating with facilities in Haiti, where two specialized modules had been placed before the storm. The contents of the modules, which include emergency medicines and medical supplies, are being used and can treat up to 5,000 people for a month. In addition, Direct Relief sent a large medical aid airlift to Haiti, containing 16.7 tons of medicine and medical supplies which will be distributed to  hospitals throughout the country to care for people who have been affected by the storm and continue to face barriers to health services.

Doctors of the World has deployed an emergency response team with three tons of medical and emergency supplies to Haiti to support relief and recovery in storm-affected areas. In-country staff have been focused on cholera prevention and sexual and reproductive health prior to the storm and are beginning needs assessments.

Feeding America members in North and South Carolina are responding in affected areas. A complete breakdown of responding members can be viewed here.

Fonkoze is working to spur long-term recovery through community education and it’s microfinance work in Haiti.

Habitat for Humanity International is preparing to help households recover their access to water and sanitation and healthy shelter. The response also will include preparing Haitians for jobs linked to the shelter industry and disaster response and recovery activities.

The Lambi Fund for Haiti has deep roots in rural areas with farmers in all regions across Haiti. They have launched the Restore and Rebuild plan based on crops that will be ready to harvest quickly, such as sweet potatoes, eggplant, tomato, beans, and corn. Lambi Fund will put in place a monitoring system to see how all members use the funding, which crops they planted most, what impacts the program had on the availability of food in the area. This program will last 3 months and in the 4th month, Lambi Fund will conduct a participative evaluation with all organizations that participated in the program. Long-term agricultural interventions are planned as well.

Lutheran World Relief is responding to the immediate and long-term needs of people in Haiti affected by Hurricane Matthew. The immediate response will reach 16,643 people in some of the most affected areas (this includes 4,600 people reached with 100 community water filtration units). LWR conducted an emergency assessment in the North West region, and is now in the process of conducting an additional emergency market assessment. In the Central Plateau and in the North West regions where LWR programming was ongoing (and where there has been less media attention but significant damage from the storm), LWR will address longer term recovery and food security though cash-for-work to repair roads and irrigation canals; distribution of seeds and other agricultural inputs such as fertilizer and fisheries equipment; and food-for-work programs for smallholder farmers whose crops were damaged.

Medical Teams International has a Haiti-based team working to assess the situation in all surrounding areas. The disaster response team is closely monitoring the situation and have been deployed to assess and support the local team. Les Cayes was hit the hardest and Boën and is experiencing flooding and other damage. Expected focus points will be on access to healthcare, safe hygiene and water sources and shelter.

Mercy Corps is working in Haiti to meet urgent needs following Hurricane Matthew and will shift to long-term recovery following assessment. Mercy Corps was present in Haiti prior to the storm.

Net Hope is working with 17 of its partners to meet Internet and telecommunications needs in affected areas of Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas.

Partners in Health has a national university teaching hospital in Mirabalais (central region) of Haiti and operates local clinics at 12 sites.

Project Hope has deployed a disaster relief team to Haiti to assess humanitarian needs. HOPE is preparing a shipment of water hydration tabs, gloves, nsaline solution, sponges, gauze, water purification units, generators and more for its partner hospital in Haiti, the Albert Schweitzer Hospital. It will be working closely with the government of Haiti to identify regions of greatest needs and are prepared to shift our response to ensure the areas with greatest need receive HOPE’s donated supplies. HOPE medical volunteers are poised to assist in the relief effort if such needs are identified.

Protect the People is working in Haiti through supporting farm programs in some of the hardest hit areas, to avoid long-term famine and the displacement of rural populations. PTP will rebuild livelihoods by providing toolkits and seeds to farmers and supporting the replacing to trees.

American Red Cross – ARC is responding in five states with evacuation centers, mobile teams, kitches, and trailers of supplies. In Haiti, the Red Cross, is coordinating response with local authorities and international humanitarian organizations. In an effort to mitigate the spread of cholera as a result of the floods, the American Red Cross has completed an initial distribution of 1000 hygiene kits and 600 cholera-prevention kits. Additional relief supplies such as water purification products, shelter kits and mosquito nets are being procured locally and internationally through the global Red Cross network.

The St. Boniface Haiti Foundation has a long-established presence on the ground in southern Haiti. For thirty years they have been provided healthcare to some of Haiti’s most vulnerable people. In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, SBHF is uniquely positioned to provide medical care and aid to the people most affected by the storm.

Salvation Army is responding with mobile kitchens and feeding units in Florida, Georgia, and North and South Carolina, along with incident management teams. The Salvation Army is also responding in Haiti.

Save the Children has a 30-plus year presence in Haiti. National staff is distributing pre-positioned supplies to affected families. Focus points will be on cholera suppression, support to school recovery, and help ensure families have food and livelihoods. STC has launched a $4.5 million funding appeal to reach 200,000 children and families in Haiti. Save the Children is also working in North Carolina to address child care center recovery needs. Flooding from Hurricane Matthew affected more than 2,500 child care centers in North Carolina.

World Food Program has distributed food rations to nearly 174,000 people in affected areas and transported more than 1,200 metric tons of food into Les Cayes and Jeremie. WFP continues to assess damage to agriculture and food security. WFP is also responding in affected areas of Cuba.

World Vision has staff on the ground, providing relief supplies and conducting assessments. World Vision’s 200 rural and urban communities in Haiti serve more than 900,000 people, including 58,000 sponsored children.

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Take Action

Donate to CDP’s Hurricane Matthew Recovery Fund on Crowdrise.

Learn More

Read the CDP Hurricane Issue Insight

Visit the Disaster Playbook for strategies on responding the Hurricane Matthew.

See the CDP Hurricane Matthew Webinar summary and recording.

Listen to the AJWS Hurricane Matthew Webinar recording on Haiti response.

Facts & Stats

  • Hurricane Matthew has 145 mile per hour sustained winds (Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale)
  • The storm surge in the Bahamas was an expected 10 to 15 feet
  • The storm surge in Haiti was an estimated 7 to 10 feet
  • In the U.S., more than 1,000 people are still without their homes in North Carolina, and homes in Florida remain at risk.