Relief organizations in position to respond in Haiti, NC after Hurricane Matthew

Posted October 3

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— As meteorologists track the path of Hurricane Matthew, relief organizations are positioning themselves to respond.

The local Red Cross and other organizations were getting into position Monday night as North Carolinians were expressing concern for Haiti, as the category 4 storm moved closer to the country, while keeping a watchful eye on the storm that could impact the state.

Growing up in Haiti meant growing up talking about hurricanes. Jean Eloi said Monday night that Haitians were likely discussing plans of action.

“They know, which houses are strong enough that can withstand the wind,” he said. ‘Basically, the house that seems to be the strongest, that is standing up, basically that’s where people will go.”

In addition to checking on extended family in the country, Eloi was positioning his organization, the Hope for Haiti Foundation, which focuses on long term recovery.

“Last time I went, we just went throughout the community and just house to house and just see how we’re going to assess the impact and how do we help going forward. I think we’ll be doing the same thing this time,” Eloi said.

At the local Red Cross, crews across the state are ready to respond both locally and in Haiti if needed.

Response teams for the Red Cross operate on a 120 hour policy, which means they have been preparing for Matthew since last Tuesday.

“A minimum of 120 hours out, the Red Cross will start the process of standing up teams and working with our government partners so that we can be prepared for the storm,” said Darryll Maddux.

Maddux said the Red Cross keeps a data base with information on volunteers who have been to Haiti, if or when the call to action comes.

The Red Cross is also keeping a watchful eye on the North Carolina coast. They’ve been in planning and briefing meetings for the past week.


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