B’nai B’rith International is opening its Disaster Relief Fund to provide aid to the victims of Hurricane Matthew living in the United States, Haiti and Cuba. Hurricane Matthew started as a tropical storm in the mid-Atlantic and quickly rose to hurricane status, traveling up the U.S. coast.
The catastrophic hurricane has destroyed thousands of homes, schools and businesses. The effects of the storm have resulted in close to 900 deaths, almost entirely in Haiti, with a few fatalities in Florida.
Gov. Rick Scott ordered the evacuation of 1.5 million citizens in Florida and declared a state of emergency. Over one million people lost power. The Florida coastline experienced torrential rains and storm surges, as have parts of Georgia and the Carolinas.
Areas of Haiti and Cuba have been all but destroyed. According to the United Nations, 300,000 Haitians have been displaced and are living in shelters. Communications in many areas is non-existent. NBC News stated that 35,000 residents in Cuba had to be evacuated from their coastal homes to higher ground.
B’nai B’rith International will continue to monitor the course of the hurricane and assess needs in other impacted areas, as it has done in the case of other natural disasters. Since 1865, B’nai B’rith has regularly provided disaster relief at the local, national and international levels. In September, B’nai B’rith sent disaster relief aid to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for the victims of the disastrous floods that plagued the region in August. The organization opened its Disaster Relief Fund this past spring for the wildfire victims in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, and for the victims of the earthquakes that occurred in Ecuador and Japan.
To help the hurricane relief efforts, you can donate online to B’Nai B’rith’s Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief Fund. You can also call 800-573-9057 to make a credit card contribution over the phone. Or, you can send a check payable to the B’nai B’rith Disaster Relief Fund to:
B’nai B’ith International
Disaster Relief Fund
1120 20th Street NW, Suite 300N
Washington, DC 20036
B’nai B’rith International has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights since 1843.