With three hurricanes in the Atlantic, it can be overwhelming and a bit confusing when it comes to preparation and post-hurricane assistance. Nevertheless, people are coming up with some interesting ways to help out.
Organizations in U.S. step up to help
The Alternative Daily CEO, Jake Carney, reported on Friday that the Atlanta speedway is offering evacuation parking. This gives people a place to sleep in their cars, and access bathrooms and other facilities.
JetBlue and Delta have pitched in by offering cheap plane tickets out of the storm’s path. JetBlue capped available seats out of Florida at $99, and Delta also announced caps, as well as additional flights to and from San Juan, Miami, Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Key West.
— Delta (@Delta) September 7, 2017
Walmart has also rounded up supplies from its various warehouses in the U.S. in order to get bottled water to Florida. The company says the effort involves deploying 1,360 truck loads.
— Walmart (@Walmart) September 7, 2017
The Red Cross, meanwhile, is mobilizing volunteers from around the U.S. to help out in emergency shelters, with logistics and with mental health counseling. It says it is “rapidly training new volunteers” to head to Florida over the next few days and is pre-deploying emergency response vehicles before the hurricane hits.
— American Red Cross (@RedCross) September 7, 2017
Salvation Army volunteers have also picked up food trucks and driven them to Texas, which is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey. The charity is also collecting donations and gifts, such as generators, to eventually provide to Harvey and Irma victims.
With perhaps strange priorities, Reuters also reported that an emergency response team was being deployed to move million-dollar wine collections out of the path of danger.
Preparations in Cuba and Haiti underway
In Cuba, expecting to be hit Friday, the government and the World Food Programme are working together to guarantee that affected areas have enough food. The country has put aside 1,606 tons of rice and beans to cover 275,000 people for the next month.
— WFP USA (@WFPUSA) September 7, 2017
In Haiti, a country which has been devastated by earthquakes, hurricanes and flooding over the last decade, the capital city mayor said emergency shelters were being prepared. Haiti lost 580 people in Hurricane Matthew last year, and up to 300,000 people in an earthquake in 2010. Municipal Civil Protection Committee of Port-au-Prince volunteers are mobilizing during and after Irma passes, in order to provide assistance to possible victims.
Volunteers assist in the U.S. and Carribean
A lot of people are volunteering in order to help Florida to prepare, and help people in the Caribbean repair.
— Laura Anthony (@LauraAnthony7) September 7, 2017
— United Way Miami (@UnitedWayMiami) September 8, 2017
— Benoit Carpentier (@BenoistC) September 7, 2017
— Bethany Moore (@BethanyMooreTV) September 8, 2017
— Epicurean Hotel (@EpicureanHotel) September 6, 2017
— Tamara Pearson