We respond to emergencies all over the world. Here is a summary of some of the emergency response projects we were involved with during October and November 2018.
Hurricane Michael, Panama City, Florida, United States
Hurricane Michael caused billions of dollars of damage and left hundreds without homes. LDS Charities mobilized hundreds of volunteers to provide emergency supplies to those in need. Learn more about our response by visiting newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org or by reading about one service missionary couple’s experience delivering emergency supplies.
Super Typhoon Yutu Response, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Super Typhoon Yutu is the largest storm to hit U.S. soil in decades. This storm struck the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. commonwealth, with wind gusts as high as 235 mph. Saipan is very remote, and it is difficult to respond to emergencies on the island. LDS Charities has partnered with Red Cross Saipan to pay for communication services and purchase fuel for volunteer vehicles, supplies for volunteer assessments, and food for response volunteers. Red Cross Saipan has handed out almost 50,000 emergency relief kits, which contain food, hygiene products, flashlights, a cooking stove, cleaning supplies, and tarps.
Ebola Response, Democratic Republic of Congo
An Ebola outbreak that struck the Democratic Republic of the Congo's North Kivu and Ituri provinces in August has now increased to over 500 cases, including at least 300 deaths. The location is of particular concern due to the proximity of crowded refugee settlements in neighboring Uganda. The World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health are coordinating with aid agencies to contain the spread of the disease.
Through funding from LDS Charities, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) is partnering with Caritas Butembo-Beni to provide clinics with protective equipment and provide training to over 10,000 local opinion leaders, religious leaders, youth groups, and motorbike taxi drivers on Ebola prevention and early care. The project is working closely with Ebola response teams to strengthen community engagement and change community behavior through radio shows, use of social media, and church services. The project is also providing food and nonfood items (NFI) to over 1,000 displaced households at this critical time.
LDS Charities is also partnering with International Medical Corps (IMC) to respond to this Ebola outbreak. We have successfully partnered with IMC on two prior Ebola outbreaks in Africa. With the cooperation of IMC, LDS Charities is supporting the construction of an Ebola treatment center with up to 50 beds. We’re also helping improve water and sanitation systems in 20 minor health facilities and training local health workers and community leaders on Ebola prevention measures.
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