Hurricane Matthew is currently a strong tropical cyclone over the Atlantic Ocean. It was the first Category 5 Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Felix in 2007. The fourteenth tropical cyclone, thirteenth storm, fifth hurricane and second major hurricane of the annual hurricane season, Matthew formed from a vigorous tropical wave that moved off the African coast on September 22, progressing on a westward track until it developed into a tropical storm while it was situated just to the east of the Leeward Islands on September 28. A day later, it became a hurricane while west of the Leeward Islands, and rapidly strengthened into a Category 5 hurricane. It impacted Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and The Bahamas. It is expected to significantly impact the southeastern United States, especially the U.S. state of Florida, as well as Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
Over 900 deaths have been attributed to the storm, including 877 in Haiti.
Photo: Woman dealing with aftermath of hurricane after it hit Cuba.
Infoshop News is compiling information about mutual aid and solidarity for people who want to affect the people in Haiti, Cuba and Florida, affected by Hurricane Matthew.
DO NOT DONATE TO THE AMERICAN RED CROSS! THIS HAS ALSO BEEN REQUESTED BY HAITIANS.
The groups listed do their best to work with and through already existing Haitian led organizations or just have a reputation for getting results (unlike some large organizations that are better at raising money than doing things with it). via Eric G.
Partners in Health
Additional Recommended Organizations (Haiti-based)
Fondation Aquin Solidarité
Volontariat pour le Développement d’Haïti
Konbit Solèy Leve
Additional Recommended Organizations (International)
- Doctors without Borders
- Roots of Development
- Partners in Health
- Border of Lights
- Nova Hope for Haiti
How to be helpful and not make the situation worse
Via Mark Schuller, “Hurricane Matthew in Haiti: Looking Beyond the Disaster Narrative”
1) Support the initiatives led by Haitian people and groups
2) If we contribute aid to a foreign agency, demand they post their decisions and relationships with local groups
3) Solidarity, not charity
4) Address the root causes, including neoliberal policies our governments enforced
5) Demand that our aid has real participation by local groups, not just doing the work but setting priorities and identifying how the work is to get done
6) Actually reinforce human capacity – making sure this time expertise is shared with a critical mass of Haitian actors, who can and should be the ones making decisions
7) Link humanitarian aid to development (not the old, failed neoliberal model), and disaster preparedness
Florida, Georgia and South Carolina
- Cuban town avoided Hurricane Matthew’s deadly fury with preparation
- Solidarity in the Storm: Cuba in the Wake of Hurricane Matthew
- Photo gallery: Hurricane Matthew hits Cuba| Tues., Oct. 4, 2016
- For Cuba, the task of cleaning up after Hurricane Matthew has begun
- Bill Clinton’s Trade Policies Destroyed Haitian Rice Farming, Now Haiti Faces Post-Hurricane Famine
- Hurricane Matthew: Haiti south ‘90% destroyed’
- Horrors left by Hurricane Matthew become clear in Haiti
- After Hurricane Matthew, Devastation in Southern Haiti
- Help Haitians, not the Disaster Capitalists
- Assessing The Damage After Hurricane Matthew Hits Haiti
- Hurricane Matthew Makes Old Problems Worse for Haitians
Florida, Georgia and North Carolina
- Hurricane Matthew leaves a mess in north Florida, but it could have been worse
- Florida Cleanup Underway After Hurricane Causes Flooding
- Coast Guard Overflight Assessments Of Hurricane Matthew To Northeast Florida Cities And Towns
- Hurricane’s blow was less than feared; ‘We are blessed’