FEDERAL WAY-- In response to the massive hurricane, Federal Way-based World Vision, a Christian advocacy organization, is offering some emergency resources before and after the storm.
From its office in Port au Prince, Haiti, World Vision has prepositioned emergency supplies with items including tarps, water containers, hygiene kits and blankets. They’re also mobilizing with plans to provide relief for approximately 250,000 people, depending on the impact of the storm.
World Vision’s national director in Haiti said they’re expecting a lot of houses to be severely damaged because of the poor housing infrastructure in several rural areas.
“With wind this strong, it will be extremely damaging and dangerous and homes for the average person are made of mud and sticks or poorly constructed cinder blocks,” John Hasse said. “And then after the storm comes the standing water. That means a potential spike in cholera cases. Other mosquito-borne diseases that have been more or less controlled are going to rear their heads.”
Hurricane Matthew, according to meteorologist Brooks Garner, has reached category 5. It is the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic basin in nearly a decade.
The storm has the potential to bring huge destruction as it heads toward Jamaica, Haiti, and Cuba. In addition, its track northward toward the east coast of the U.S. could create a problem for areas like Florida and the coastal Carolinas.
For more information on how to help support World Vision's response, visit the Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund.
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