About the Crisis
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting a below-normal 2018 Atlantic hurricane season—which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year – according to its mid-season updated forecast. Disaster response agencies – including USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance – are ready to respond with teams of disaster experts and pre-positioned emergency relief supplies strategically located throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Local emergency responders and humanitarian organizations in the region have also been working year-round to help vulnerable communities prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the impact of the next storm.
For more information on USAID’s disaster risk reduction efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean, visit our webpage.
How You Can Help
When disasters occur anywhere in the world, Americans generously offer assistance to those in need. Decades of experience in disaster relief and recovery have shown that the best way to help people affected by disaster is to make cash donations to reputable relief and charitable organizations on the ground. These groups work closely with affected communities, and know what people need and how to strengthen recovery efforts.
Cash donations are the most efficient form of assistance. Unlike material donations, cash involves no transportation costs, shipping delays, or customs fees. It also enables relief organizations to spend more time providing aid by spending less time managing goods. Cash donations also allow relief supplies to be purchased in markets close to the disaster site, which stimulates the local economy, thereby boosting employment and generating cash flow to stimulate the local economy.
If you are considering making a monetary contribution to a relief organization, you can find detailed financial and programmatic information at GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and the Better Business Bureau.
List of Organizations Planning to Respond to Hurricane Florence*
About USAID CIDI
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 www.cidi.org. 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