Hurricane Matthew

NOAA radar image of hurricane Matthew

About the Storm

 Over four days, Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc on parts of the central Caribbean, with the southwestern peninsula of Haiti suffering the brunt of the strongest storm to hit the region in nearly a decade. After making landfall in Haiti on October 4, the powerful Category 4 hurricane caused widespread destruction, leaving more than a million people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

In Haiti, USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team continues to work with the Government of Haiti and our humanitarian partners to clear roads and debris, to distribute relief supplies—including food, shelter materials, blankets, hygiene kits, household items, and water purification tablets—and to help monitor, prevent, and respond to potential outbreaks of waterborne diseases in areas where water and sanitation systems have been compromised.



USAID created the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) in 1988 one month after Hurricane Gilbert made landfall as a Category 5 storm that affected 10 countries. An outpouring of unsolicited donations took up space needed to stage and deliver life-saving relief supplies, and USAID and other responders spent valuable time managing unneeded clothing, expired medicine, and other non-critical items. USAID established the Center to educate the public about the advantages of giving monetary donations to relief organizations and the downside of donating unsolicited material goods USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) leads and coordinates the U.S. government’s humanitarian assistance efforts overseas, responding to an average of 65 disasters in more than 50 countries every year. Learn More About USAID/OFDA

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