It was only two years ago that Dominica’s villages and bridges were destroyed by tropical storm Erika leaving a reconstruction bill worth half the country’s annual GDP. The island’s people have now sustained an even more devastating blow as Hurricane Maria developed into a powerful category five storm which made landfall in Dominica on the night of September 18th. As Hurricane Maria continues to threaten other islands, the ADRA network is closely monitoring the storm’s progress.
Hurricane Irma devastated several Caribbean islands. In Florida, coastal cities were flooded and more that 6.8 million people lost power. Hundreds of thousands of Floridians are still without power more than a week after Hurricane Irma slammed into the state. Many residents in the Caribbean find themselves without power; they’re increasingly worried about the lack of food and water supplies. The storm and its aftermath left a path of destruction in its wake as an estimate 30 million people are affected by Irma.
ADRA Canada and Adventist Community Services (ACS) have responded to the disaster. We are shipping emergency supplies which can include food, water, water purification tablets, tarps, shelter kits, hygiene kits, mosquito nets, and other supplies. Items are being distributed on St. Maarten, Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Anguilla, and Tortola. Emergency response teams continue to assess the damage and plan for more assistance.
From waterlogged furniture alongside the roads, to large piles of debris, the evidence of Hurricane Harvey can still be seen in Texas. Cleanup efforts are currently underway. ADRA has partnered with ACS to provide assistance to those affected. In the immediate aftermath ACS operated emergency shelters and made emergency distributions of emergency supplies. ACS has been tasked by FEMA and the State of Texas with operating a warehouse to manage all non-cash donations.
The ADRA network is responding to these three disasters with urgently needed emergency supplies. Your assistance is urgently needed to save lives and bring relief to those who are suffering. Please give today.