Hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones pose significant global threats to life and property, including storm surges, flooding, extreme winds and tornadoes. Additionally, rainfall rates and cyclone intensities are projected to increase.
Another above-average hurricane season is in the forecast for 2022. In 2021, there were 21 named storms, making it the third most active on record in terms of named systems. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) provides a list of the 2022 storm names.
(Photo: Damage in Fort Myers Beach, Florida after Hurricane Ian. Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office via @JulieMartinTV Twitter)
Experts agree that La Niña conditions are still in place and are expected to persist throughout 2022 and possibly into 2023. There is a 91% chance that conditions will remain from September to November 2022, an 80% chance from November 2022 through January 2023 and a 54% chance from January to March 2023. La Niña typically increases the amount of activity seen during hurricane season compared to El Niño.
As of Nov. 22, there have been 14 named tropical systems, including eight hurricanes, with two major hurricanes (Fiona and Ian).
Hurricanes are listed in reverse alphabetical order, with the exception of the major impacts, which appear at the top of the list.
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Hurricane Ian smashes into Cuba and Florida, moves up the East Coast
Ian became a hurricane in the early hours of Sept. 26 and emerged into the Gulf of Mexico after passing through Cuba, as a Category 3 major hurricane.
According to modeling firm RMS, Hurricane Ian likely caused $53 billion to $74 billion in insured losses from Florida to the Carolinas. Hurricane Ian is the latest and 15th weather event this year to be added to NOAA’s billion-dollar disaster list.
Florida: Ian made landfall in Cayo Costa, Florida on Sept. 28, around 3 p.m. ET. It was a high Category 4, with a windspeed of 150 mph. Ian’s landfall was at the same location where Hurricane Charley made landfall in 2004. Hurricane Ian was so large that the compacted Charley could have fit inside Ian’s eye.
Ian left devastation in its wake with extensive flooding and power outages. The barrier islands of Captiva and Sanibel were disconnected from the mainland after the major Sanibel Causeway was destroyed. Temporary repairs are expected to be completed by the end of October. There was damage to other bridges and roadways as well, as well as health facilities, schools and water infrastructure.
On Oct. 31, the Florida Medical Examiners Commission said the confirmed death toll was at 125 deaths. An NBC News investigation tallied 148 deaths in Florida, with 119 of those deaths caused by the flooding, winds and other dangerous conditions during the storm. While the death toll is fluid and historically numbers are inexact, Ian is likely Florida’s deadliest tropical system since the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, which killed more than 400 people. However, the number of deaths is significantly lower than anticipated. Most people that died were older adults including at least 30 over 80 years old. A significant number of deaths were attributed to drowning.
Vibrio vulnificus is a bacterium that typically lives in warm seawater and can enter the body through cuts on the skin. According to Florida’s Department of Health, there were 64 Vibrio vulnificus infections and 13 deaths reported as of Oct. 21. The deaths include a man from Michigan who traveled to Florida to help a friend rebuild.
While much of the attention has focused on the state’s west coast, where Ian made landfall, other parts of the state, including central Florida, experienced significant rainfall, flooding and wind damage. It is important for funders to look at all areas of impact, including central Florida, the east coast and small or rural communities. According to a preliminary estimate released by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on Oct. 24, Hurricane Ian caused as much as $1.8 billion in damages to Florida agriculture.
Many Floridians are now homeless. Quickly following the storm, it became clear that the storm would have a broad and lasting impact on the long-term recovery of lower-income people. The state’s popularity, inflation and rising rental costs have made it one of the least affordable places to live in the U.S. Tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of homes have been damaged or destroyed. More than three weeks after the storm, hundreds of people remain in shelters, hotels or vehicles.
Individuals and households in 26 counties are eligible to apply for financial and direct services. Public assistance is also available. Under DR-4673-FL, 353,401 individual assistance applications had been approved as of Nov. 22 totaling $756,722,405.
South and North Carolina, Virginia: After leaving Florida, the storm made landfall as a Category 1 in South Carolina, near Georgetown, on Sept. 30. The hurricane flooded homes, damaged piers and knocked down trees along parts of the South Carolina coast. Ian weakened into a post-tropical cyclone but still battered North Carolina the weekend of Sept. 30 with rain and strong winds. Thousands of people in the state were without power, and five people died in relation to Ian’s impacts. Ian’s remnants caused flooding around Virginia Beach, Virginia, leading the city to declare a state of emergency on Oct. 2, but the city returned to normal operating procedures on Oct. 4.
Cuba: Prior to landfall in Florida, Ian made landfall in Cuba’s Pinar Del Rio province near the town of La Coloma at 4:30 a.m. EDT on Sept. 27 as a very strong Category 3. This was western Cuba’s first Category 3 hurricane in 14 years. Three people were killed as a result of the hurricane.
More than 77,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed in Cuba. In Pinar del Río, 68,370 homes were damaged and 7,664 were destroyed. In Artemisa, at least 9,015 homes were damaged with the majority (7,200) losing some or all of their roof. In Havana, 1,227 homes suffered damage. The power grid went down in western Cuba and then spread across the entire country. The power outage followed a month of rolling blackouts due to a fuel shortage. The country’s main fuel depot was destroyed in August by fire after a lightning strike. This is a good example of how cumulative disasters increase the impact on communities.
The country’s tobacco industry was devastated by the hurricane. France24 reported, “Pilar del Rio produces 65 percent of Cuban tobacco, while Vuelta Abajo is the only region where the three different types of leaves used in the country’s world famous cigars grow. In San Luis alone, 226 tons of tobacco harvested in August was damaged, local television said.”
Cuba is highly dependent upon tourism and tobacco exports. The tourism industry has been suffering since 2020 because of COVID-19 restrictions on travel.
On Oct. 18, the U.S. government announced that it would provide $2 million in aid to Cuba. A statement said that the emergency relief will flow through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to “trusted, independent organizations operating in the country who have a long presence in hurricane-affected communities.”
Hurricane Fiona was an extremely long-lasting tropical cyclone that made several landfalls stretching from Guadeloupe to Newfoundland. The most significant impacts were in Atlantic Canada and Puerto Rico: six days and over 2,400 miles apart.
Puerto Rico: Hurricane Fiona made landfall as a Category 1 storm at 3:20 p.m. ET on Sept. 18, near Punta Tocon on the southwestern coast of Puerto Rico. A slow-moving storm with wind speed of 85 miles per hour, the high rainfall caused rivers to rise higher than during Hurricane Maria (2017).
The storm cut power to all the island’s nearly 1.5 million electrical consumers. Hundreds of thousands also lost access to water service. Even before Fiona, there was widespread discontent with LUMA Energy, the company that operates Puerto Rico’s power infrastructure.
Photos from the area showed extensive damage to houses and infrastructure.
According to Puerto Rico’s Department of Health, at least 13 people have died due to Fiona, with another 12 deaths under investigation. After Hurricane Maria, there were many challenges in getting the government to release an accurate count of storm-related deaths, which include those that occurred directly in the hurricane and those that occurred in the aftermath.
President Joe Biden visited Puerto Rico on Oct. 3, promising $60 million to help coastal areas prepare for future storms. The funding will come from the bipartisan infrastructure law that passed last fall. Pedro R. Pierluisi, the governor of Puerto Rico, said more than 800,000 Puerto Rican residents registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to request individual assistance. As of Nov. 22, 713,030 individual assistance applications had been approved for a total of $575,144,958.
Fiona made landfall on the anniversary of Hurricane Hugo (1989) and just a few days before the anniversary of Hurricane Maria (2017). Prior to Fiona, more than 3,000 homes still had blue tarps on the roofs because of damage from Hurricane Maria.
Around Puerto Rico, community networks stepped in to respond to needs after Hurricane Fiona, often before any government action. According to some local leaders, the U.S. government’s struggles to implement an effective and timely emergency plan since Hurricane Maria meant “people end up fending for themselves.”
Canada: Hurricane Fiona passed directly over parts of Atlantic Canada on Sept. 24, leaving significant damage in its wake. According to the Canadian Hurricane Centre, Fiona was the lowest-pressure storm to make landfall in Canada. The storm wreaked havoc on Canada’s farming, fishing and fish processing industries, destroying crop land, boats, harbors and fish processing plants.
Hardest hit was the town of Port aux Basques, Newfoundland, the island province’s main connection to the rest of the country, where at least a dozen homes were washed out to sea. More than 200 homes were damaged, according to a spokeswoman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. At least one person is confirmed dead, a 73-year-old woman who was swept away by the water.
In Prince Edward Island, one person died.
Fiona made landfall in Guadeloupe on Sept. 16, with one death reported in Basse-Terre after a house was swept away by water with the resident inside. The capital was inundated with flooding and there were significant infrastructure losses.
After leaving Puerto Rico, Fiona moved through the Caribbean making landfall in the Dominican Republic on Sept. 19 and then passing close to Turks and Caicos, before moving up past Bermuda as a powerful Category 4 hurricane on Sept. 23. Fiona was the first hurricane since Ivan (2004) to make landfall in the Dominican Republic, leaving at least 800 people displaced with over 50 homes reported as damaged and two deaths. Officials in the Turks and Caicos and in Bermuda said despite telecommunication and power outages there was no major damage in either location.
Nicole made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane on the east coast of Florida on North Hutchinson Island just south of Vero Beach in the early morning hours of Nov. 10. Nicole’s sustained winds were 75 miles per hour.
As of Nov. 11, the storm caused the deaths of at least five people, including two people in Orange County who were killed after being electrocuted by a downed power line. It is extremely rare for a hurricane to make landfall on the U.S. mainland in November. According to Senior Meteorologist Jonathan Erdman, there have been just three mainland U.S. hurricane landfalls in the month of November and Nicole is the first in 37 years.
By mid-morning on Nov. 10, Nicole had weakened to a tropical storm. Nicole’s large wind field meant that tropical storm-force winds extended to the west, north and east of the storm’s center, including much of the Florida Peninsula, coastal Georgia and coastal South Carolina. Nicole’s strong winds, rainfall and storm surge affected some areas hit in September by Hurricane Ian.
Nicole was expected to dump as much as eight inches of rain on eastern, central and northern portions of Florida. The storm’s large path led to some evacuations and the closure of schools and universities, as well as the cancellation of hundreds of flights. Significant flooding was reported along the St. Johns River in northeast Florida. The bayfront in St. Augustine was completely underwater the morning of Nov. 10.
Although thousands of people were affected by power outages, as of mid-afternoon on Nov. 11, most customers in northeastern and northern Florida had their power restored, according to PowerOutage.us. Widespread coastal flooding and significant beach erosion was reported along nearly all of Florida’s Atlantic coast. Large and destructive waves caused major damage and destruction in the face of powerful surf.
Damage assessments are ongoing, but there are reports of damages, including homes and other buildings falling into the ocean in Volusia County. Dramatic footage showed home damage in Daytona Beach Shores as well.
In Volusia County, at least 49 beachfront properties, including hotels and condos, have been deemed “unsafe.” According to Volusia County Manager George Recktenwald, “The structural damage along our coastline is unprecedented.” The streets of Jacksonville were inundated with water from the St. Johns River, while strong winds forced the temporary closure of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in the Tampa Bay area. Hurricane Nicole caused $522 million in damage in Volusia County alone.
One factor contributing to dangerous conditions along the coast is Nicole’s storm surge, which peaked at around six feet the morning of Nov. 10. This is significant due to the very large size of the storm as it approached Florida on Nov. 9. Another contributing factor is that sea level in the affected part of Florida has risen more than a foot in the past 100 years.
Even after it weakened, Nicole still posed a danger. A tornado watch was in effect on Nov. 11 covering almost 13 million people in central and eastern North Carolina, northeastern South Carolina and central and eastern Virginia, including respectively Raleigh, Charlotte and Virginia Beach. On Nov. 11, more than 20 million people were under wind alerts from Georgia into the Carolinas. Remnants of Nicole soaked the U.S. East Coast over the weekend of Nov. 12-13 and also brought heavy rainfall to much of southern Quebec and Atlantic Canada.
On Nov. 9, President Biden approved an emergency declaration for Florida due to Nicole. The declaration includes individual and public assistance in 45 Florida counties (EM-3587-FL), the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, and the Seminole Tribe of Florida (EM-3588-FL). On Nov. 10, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency covering all 67 Florida counties.
Hurricane Lisa made landfall along the coast of Belize on Nov. 2 as a Category 1 tropical cyclone. The storm, the 12th named system of the 2022 season, became the sixth hurricane of the year. Lisa made landfall near the mouth of the Sibun River, about 10 miles southwest of Belize City, at approximately 4:20 p.m. CDT.
Many residents in Belize were forced to take shelter from winds and the threat of flooding. On Nov. 2, 12 shelters in Belize City housed just over 1,200 people. As of Nov. 3, there were early reports of fallen lampposts and roof damage. The primary concern was flooding rather than wind damage, with Belize receiving up to 10 inches of rainfall in some parts of the country. The storm surge pushed waters up to four to seven feet above normally dry land and engulfed many parts of Belize City.
The country’s National Emergency Management Organization estimated around 172,000 people were affected, close to 39% of the country’s population. No fatalities were reported, but 500 houses were reported as destroyed, with an additional 5,000 homes damaged. Belize will request international assistance and has already asked for around $11 million to meet immediate needs.
The impacts on the agriculture sector in Belize were further compounded by Tropical Storm Julia in October 2022, which resulted in the loss of approximately 2,500 acres of agricultural products. The Belize government’s Initial Situation Assessment determined that approximately $1 million is required to meet people’s most immediate food needs.
By late morning on Nov. 3, Lisa had weakened to a tropical depression over Mexico.
Tropical Storm Karl
An area of disturbance developed in Tropical Storm Karl on Oct. 11 in the Bay of Campeche. While there was some minor strengthening it was hindered by wind shear. On Oct. 14, it moved toward the coast of southern Mexico and then weakened into a tropical depression and dissipated the next day. One death was reported in Chiapas. Karl’s impact caused bridges to wash out and damaged at least 300 houses and 100 businesses in southern Mexico.
Julia made landfall near Laguna de Perlas, Nicaragua, at 3:15 a.m. on Oct. 9 as a Category 1 hurricane with maximum winds around 85 miles per hour. Before hitting Nicaragua, Julia swept across the Colombian islands of Providencia and San Andrés. The hurricane dissipated on Oct. 10 but hit Guatemala and El Salvador with torrential rains. As of Oct. 10, at least 28 people were reported killed as a direct or indirect result of the storm.
For the second time this year, a hurricane crossed over from the Atlantic to Pacific, maintaining the same name. The Eastern Pacific region as had two “J” storms and two “B” storms.
Bonnie, the first major hurricane of the eastern North Pacific season, began as a tropical storm that dropped heavy rain over Central America. The storm caused heavy flooding and led to two deaths in Nicaragua on July 5. The hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour (185 kilometers per hour) and headed westward farther into the Pacific. This was the first “crossover” storm since November 2016, meaning it tracked in both the Eastern Pacific and the Atlantic basins.
As with many other weather and hazard-related disasters, the increased quantity and intensity of hurricanes are directly related to climate change.
According to the New York Times, “The links between hurricanes and climate change have become clearer with each passing year. Data shows that hurricanes have become stronger worldwide during the past four decades. A warming planet can expect stronger hurricanes over time, and a higher incidence of the most powerful storms — though the overall number of storms could drop, because factors like stronger wind shear could keep weaker storms from forming. Hurricanes are also becoming wetter because of more water vapor in the warmer atmosphere; scientists have suggested storms like Hurricane Harvey in 2017 produced far more rain than they would have without the human effects on climate. Also, rising sea levels are contributing to higher storm surge — the most destructive element of tropical cyclones.”
Some of the areas flooded during Hurricane Ian were below sea level and have been subjected to increased flooding over the years. Both Ian and Fiona were major hurricanes, something that has been linked to climate change.
For Hurricanes Fiona and Ian, in the immediate aftermath, the critical basics of emergency shelter, food, water, medical and mental health care are important. Nonprofit groups are the main providers of these services.
Waste and debris
There is a huge need for management of the waste that will be generated from the destruction of the storm. This will be particularly important in Puerto Rico as being an island makes debris a critical issue. Some nonprofits are helping the government clear roadways from trees and power lines to provide access to communities. Others are helping homeowners clean up their yards and salvage belongings.
Many people struggle to find safe and affordable housing following a hurricane, particularly those from poor and marginalized backgrounds. For example, Hurricane Ida exacerbated an affordable housing crisis in New Orleans as housing supply post-disaster was low, but demand was high. This will be even more true after Hurricane Ian.
Numerous homes have been reported damaged and destroyed in the areas impacted by Hurricane Fiona and Ian, but complete counts are not yet available. Houses that are only partially damaged may need to have mucking and gutting done, clean-up and tarping of roofs.
Housing prices in southern Florida have been increasing, limiting the ability of renters and people living in poverty to find housing. Florida was already experiencing a housing crunch before the hurricane, which will make a recovery hardest on people already struggling to make ends meet. Numerous insurance companies have closed and therefore, finding new insurance after a storm may be even more difficult.
Linked to this are income support programs. Many of the damaged homes were among low and middle income residents and/or retirees on fixed incomes. Wealthier homeowners likely have insurance that will also allow them to rent temporary housing during repairs, further restricting the rental market.
Mobile and manufactured homes
While housing overall will be a significant need, there are hundreds of thousands of mobile homes in Florida. In Manatee County, the most damage is found in manufactured housing.
There were 1,200 mobile home developments along Southwest Florida’s coastline. According to NPR, “Of 822,000 mobile and manufactured homes in the state, almost two-thirds of them are pre-1994 vintage.” Hurricane Andrew’s impact on mobile and manufactured homes was so significant that the federal government tightened the wind standards just two years later. In Park Hill Estates in Punta Gorda, the homes are all build to post-1994 standards because they were destroyed during 2004’s Hurricane Charley. As a result, 99% of the homes made it through the storm, with the occasional siding, skirting or roof damage.
CDP hosted a webinar on Oct. 13, 2022, on mobile housing during disasters that offers advice for funders on supporting these communities.
Economic and community development
The compounding effects of COVID-19 delayed recovery from storms in 2021. Livelihoods support and investing in local economies are still needed for people to recover fully.
The extensive power outages lead to increased costs for individuals and businesses alike. Many businesses must shut down during a power outage while others may be able to provide limited operations, but at increased costs. Florida and Puerto Rico are strong tourist destinations, and the storms will significantly impact future revenue.
Health and behavioral health
Research shows that hurricanes cause and exacerbate multiple diseases. While many health impacts peak within six months following hurricanes, chronic diseases continue to occur for years. Hurricanes also inflict harm to the mental health of people in their paths.
Already, three suicides and one murder are linked to Hurricane Ian in Florida. These numbers are likely to increase as people realize they are not going to be able to rebuild or suffer additional impacts from the storm including loss of family and friends (due to death or displacement), loss of income, loss of housing, etc. Two of the suicides were linked to men in their 70s who saw the destruction of their housing and could not cope.
For Fiona, there is a high rate of disability in Puerto Rico. According to the most recent data from the 2019 American Community Survey the prevalence of disabilities was:
- 21.7% for persons of all ages
- 0.8% for persons ages 4 and under
- 11.7% for persons ages 5 to 15
- 9.1% for persons ages 16 to 20
- 16.6% for persons ages 21 to 64
- 37% for persons ages 65 to 74
- 61.9% for persons ages 75+
Residents are unable to access federal disability income support benefits, so many disabled residents live in poverty on the island. Additional health care support will be needed to assist this population with recovery (as well as additional resources to rebuild, as their disability may limit their own participation in the reconstruction).
Government recovery assistance
Once again, infrastructure spending will be an important area. While the federal government has promised to support recovery for U.S.-based disasters, there is still a 25% cost-share that some local governments may have issues funding. In other countries, there may not be the structural funding programs that the U.S. has in place. That is one area that philanthropy can be of assistance with infrastructure spending.
Technical assistance and oversight from philanthropy may also be helpful. As of August 2022, Puerto Rico had only spent 19% ($5.3 billion) of the post-Maria (and Irma) recovery dollars funded by FEMA for 2017. Most of that money – about 81% – went towards debris removal and other emergency response measures. Road and utility repairs remain undone.
Navigating assistance processes
Disaster assistance may be available in various forms and from different sources. People will need help navigating a complicated assistance process, particularly undocumented people and people whose first language is not English.
A recently released study from the U.S. Commission on Human Rights found that FEMA did not equitably serve at-risk populations including people with disabilities, people living in poverty and English as a second language speakers during Hurricanes Harvey or Maria in 2017.
The CDP Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund is now a perpetual fund, allowing CDP the most flexibility to respond to philanthropic and humanitarian needs as they arise. You can give to the fund to support recovery. Contributions can be designated to a specific storm (Fiona or Ian) using the dropdown boxes.
(Photo: Flooding from Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico. Credit: CBP AMO Regional Director SE via Twitter)
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More ways to help
As with most disasters, disaster experts recommend cash donations, which enable on-the-ground agencies to direct funds to the greatest area of need, support economic recovery and ensure donation management does not detract from disaster recovery needs.
CDP has also created a list of suggestions for foundations to consider related to disaster giving. These include:
- Take the long view: Even while focusing on immediate needs, remember that it will take some time for the full range of needs to emerge. Be patient in planning for disaster funding. Recovery will take a long time, and funding will be needed throughout.
- Recognize there are places private philanthropy can help that government agencies might not: Private funders have opportunities to develop innovative solutions to help prevent or mitigate future disasters that the government cannot execute.
- All funders are disaster philanthropists: Even if your organization does not work in a particular geographic area or fund immediate relief efforts, you can look for ways to tie disaster funding into your existing mission. If you focus on education, health, children or vulnerable populations, disasters present prime opportunities for funding.
- Ask the experts: If you are considering supporting an organization that is positioned to work in an affected area, do some research. CDP, National VOAD and InterAction can provide resources and guidance about organizations working in affected communities. The Council on Foundations provides resources for community foundations, and information about funding disasters in a variety of locations.
Philanthropic and government support
Ian: President Biden issued an emergency declaration for Florida (EM-3584) on Sept. 23 and for South Carolina (EM-3585) on Sept. 25. After landfall, he also issued a major disaster declaration for Florida – DR-4673. All Florida counties were approved for Public Assistance Category B (Emergency Protective Measures), with several also being approved for other levels of public assistance. In addition, 26 counties have been approved for Individual Assistance. As of Nov. 22, 353,401 Individual Assistance Applications had been approved for a total Housing Assistance and Other Needs Assistance of $756,722,405. This is an average of over 2,100 per application. Just over $351 million has been obligated in Public Assistance. Operation Blue Roof was activated in five counties in Florida by the Army Corps of Engineers.
Fiona: President Biden originally issued an emergency declaration (EM-3583) for Puerto Rico providing public assistance only in Category B (Emergency Protective Measures). On Wed., Sept. 21, the Biden administration approved Governor Pierluisi’s request for a major disaster declaration (DR-4671). This provides public assistance in all categories (A-G) and Individual assistance for all communities in Puerto Rico. As of Nov. 22, 713,030 Individual Assistance Applications had been approved for a total Housing Assistance and Other Needs Assistance of just over $575.14 million. This works out to $806 per application.
The Department of Health and Human Services has declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico and has sent medical response teams.
In France, President Emmanuel Macron recognized a state of natural disaster for Guadeloupe and opened a special relief fund.
In Canada, the Government of Canada has partnered with the Canadian Red Cross to match all donations to the Hurricane Fiona in Canada Appeal until at least Oct. 25. In addition, the federal and provincial governments will support people and businesses who did not have sufficient insurance or were considered to be uninsurable by insurance companies. On Oct. 4, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a $300 million recovery fund for Atlantic Canadians.
In 2020, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy removed the “annual” designation from its Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund to allow a broader focus on the full spectrum of the disaster cycle.
The following are examples of grants awarded through this fund:
- CDP awarded $50,000 to Culture Aid NOLA in 2022 to support “July Supply,” an event aimed at preparing the families of New Orleans for the coming most-active months of the season hurricane season.
- SBP received a $150,000 grant in 2021 to support their SHARE program and serve at least nine vulnerable families in southwest Louisiana by rebuilding homes damaged or destroyed by Hurricanes Laura and Sally, thus shrinking the time between disaster and their recovery. SBP will leverage CDP’s support against other funding sources and community resources to serve families through its rebuilding program and SHARE grant program administered by SBP that distributes per-project gap funding to nonprofit rebuilding partners active in the area. The Fuller Center for Housing and All Hands and Hearts received $50,000 each from SBP via this grant to support their work. SBP will be implementing its SHARE program again in response to Hurricane Ida.
- GER3 (Global Emergency Relief, Recovery and Reconstruction) received a $50,000 grant in partnership with Google to provide critical recovery services to highly vulnerable and severely affected communities in the North Zone of Honduras following Hurricanes Eta and Iota, with potential transition into reconstruction efforts. With the aim of removing debris and cleaning 200+ structures across two communities, the community-led project approach will integrate local team members and cash-for-work opportunities while focusing on building back better, increasing sustainability and resiliency.
Hurricanes, Typhoons and Cyclones
Hurricanes, also called typhoons or cyclones, bring a triple threat: high winds, floods and possible tornadoes. But there’s another “triple” in play: they’re getting stronger, affecting larger stretches of coastline and more Americans are moving into hurricane-prone areas.
Each natural disaster reminds us of the value of insurance to protect our homes and businesses. But with the news filled with stories about homeowners still waiting to settle claims, or insurance covering less damage than expected, what is the role of private insurance in disaster recovery?
When a disaster strikes, a crisis communications plan that uses the six pillars of crisis communications will allow staff to communicate clearly, concisely and in ways that match your organization’s and community’s needs.