B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
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, travelling up the coast.
The catastrophic hurricane has killed more than 270 people and destroyed thousands of homes, schools and businesses. The Category 3 storm will make landfall in the United States today. Matthew has already impacted millions of Floridians—Gov. Rick Scott ordered the evacuation of 1.5 million citizens and has declared a state of emergency, and over 400,000 people have already lost power. The Florida coastline is expected to face torrential rains and storm surges.
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.
We will continue to monitor the course of the hurricane and assess needs in other impacted areas.
B’nai B’rith has regularly provided disaster relief at the local, national and international levels since 1865. In September, B’nai B’rith sent disaster relief aid to Baton Rouge, La. for the victims of the disastrous floods that plagued the region in August. We opened our 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, donate online to our Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief Fund at our secure website by clicking here.
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’rith International
Disaster Relief Fund
1120 20th Street NW, Suite 300N
Washington, DC 20036