About The Emergency
Back-to-back hurricanes have struck Central America’s east coast, affecting people in Honduras, Nicaragua, and Guatemala, as well as other countries in the region. On November 3, Hurricane Eta made landfall as a powerful Category 4 storm, unleashing heavy winds, rain, and severe flooding. Just two weeks later Hurricane Iota made landfall as a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 160 mph.
The United States is committed to supporting the people of Central America at this difficult time. USAID deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team to lead the U.S. Government response efforts. This team of elite disaster experts is on the ground across the region, working with local authorities and partners to assess the storms’ impacts and resulting humanitarian needs on an ongoing basis. USAID and its partners are providing immediate humanitarian assistance—including emergency food, blankets, hygiene kits, and other relief items to people affected by Hurricanes Eta and Iota.
More information on the U.S. Government’s humanitarian response to Hurricanes Iota and Eta can be found here.
How You Can Help
- Send cash donations to reputable relief organizations working on the ground. They can make the most difference and save the most lives. Here’s how.
- If you are interested in volunteering, this page has what you need to know.
- Detailed information on how relief organizations use donations can be found at: GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and the Better Business Bureau.
Organizations Responding in Central America
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