Hurricane Matthew first made landfall in Haiti on October 4, 2016, slamming into the coastline with 140 mph winds and torrential rain, then pounded the Caribbean as well as the coastal US from Florida to North Carolina. A total of 546 people have been confirmed dead in Haiti and more than 24 in the US. Since then, our teams have been actively engaged in the response effort in Florida and North Carolina and in Haiti, we launched the Haiti Hurricane Response.
What: Hurricane Matthew Response
Where: Fayetteville, NC and Florida
When: October 06, 2016 to November 5, 2016
North Carolina, though not initially expected to receive much of Matthew’s force, ended up being the hardest hit area in the U.S. By early November, North Carolina had over 68,000 FEMA Individual Assistance registrations across 45 eligible counties. Matthew brought widespread flash and river flooding to the entire eastern half of the state.
In Florida, 14 volunteers contributed 35 volunteer days, completing 8 sites in 136 hours. We also cleared approximately 60 trees from public roads and cleared 3 miles of beach. In North Carolina, a total of 109 volunteers contributed 1,886 volunteer hours in 410 volunteer days toward assessing over 53 homes and clearing debris for 30 homes, including a group adult home for over 36 adults and a children’s gymnasium.