About The Emergency
On April 9, 2021, La Soufrière Volcano, on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent, experienced the first of several explosive eruptions that sent clouds of ash several miles into the air, caused heavy ashfall across the island, and forced a large-scale evacuation of areas several miles around the volcano. It is estimated up to 20,000 people have been displaced or affected by the volcanic activity.
USAID is providing humanitarian assistance through the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Red Cross Society to help people affected by the volcanic eruptions. The funds will provide critical emergency food, safe drinking water, and shelter supplies for evacuated families. USAID also provided support for the initial evacuation efforts. Disaster experts from USAID are on the ground in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and continue to assess humanitarian needs, working in close coordination with local and regional disaster response authorities and organizations, including the local government’s National Emergency Management Organization. In addition, the USAID–USGS Volcano Disaster Assistance Program is providing technical support to the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre to monitor the volcano’s activity.
More information on the U.S. Government’s humanitarian response to La Soufrière volcano 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 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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