Hurricane Matthew: How to help those affected

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Hurricane Matthew made landfall Tuesday morning in Haiti as a dangerous Category 4 storm with winds of 145 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Several non-profit organizations are already on the ground in Haiti and surrounding areas to help those affected by the storm.

CARE will provide hygiene kits, clean water containers, blankets, and tarps to residents. It’s already providing meals at several shelters.

Catholic Relief Services is working with the Haitian government to relocate residents to secure shelters. CRS will also provide water purification kits, tents, kitchen kits, and cash so people can purchase critical items.


Operation Blessing International will provide chlorine tablets to hospitals, schools, orphanages, and residents to help purify water. Along with other organizations, it will also provide tarps for damaged buildings. Additionally, Operation Blessing International has a rescue boat ready. The group has also converted its schools into shelters.

Save the Children deployed a team to distribute hygiene kits, baby items, mosquito nets, and jerry cans in the coming days. Its rescue efforts may also include establishing “child-friendly” areas at shelters.


UNICEF USA will also provide water bladders, chlorination tablets, mosquito nets, and hygiene kits to 10,000 people in the hardest hit areas. You can also text RELIEF to 864233 (UNICEF) to donate $10.

The storm is expected to strike Cuba next, and may impact the eastern coast of the United States — including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina — later this week.