September 15, 2017 /3BL Media/ - We continue to be concerned about the severe weather developing during this year’s Atlantic hurricane season. As Hurricane Irma approaches Florida, and other strong systems develop in the Atlantic, the Qualcomm Foundation is donating $1 million to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy for long-term recovery efforts.
What happens when the cameras and first responders leave the Hurricane Harvey and Irma scenes? Donations dry up quickly and the media moves on to the next big story. Unfortunately, that’s when the people and communities affected by these storms get the least community support, but need it most.
Harvey made landfall on August 25 near Rockport, Texas, as a Category 4 storm. A state of emergency has been declared in 30 counties, seven counties are under evacuation orders, and a major disaster declaration has been signed by the president. Several hundred thousand are without power, several thousand have been displaced to shelters, and search and rescue efforts are ongoing. America’s first major hurricane to make landfall since 2005, Hurricane Harvey is expected to stall for several days over southern Texas, leading to catastrophic flooding across the region.
Refugees around the world are moving in record numbers. In fact, the unprecedented movement of people around the world has created the highest number of displaced persons since World War II. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), a record 34,000 people a day – or roughly 24 people a minute – are displaced from their homes by conflict and violence. Children make up 51 percent of the world’s refugees.
Hurricane Matthew crossed the Western portion of Haiti on October 4 and portions of Eastern Cuba that afternoon. It was the first category 4 storm to make landfall in Haiti since 1964. According to the Haitian government, the death count associated with the storm is more than 1,000. The hurricane destroyed homes, displaced thousands of people, ruined plantations, and drowned livestock.
Hurricane Matthew is devastating. According to the New York Times, Florida’s “Atlantic coast is feeling the force of the Category 3 storm, and the National Weather Service warns of ‘extremely dangerous and life-threatening’ winds. ‘Evacuate, evacuate, evacuate,’ the governor urged 1.5 million residents yesterday.” More from their reporters about the destruction in Florida, South Carolina and elsewhere can be found here.
New Partnership Focuses Disaster Giving on Long-Term Donor Impact
Washington, D.C., May 24, 2016 /3BL Media/ – America’s Charities, the leader in workplace giving and philanthropy, and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), a trailblazer in the transformation of disaster giving, have partnered to enable strategic, long-term disaster recovery and increase social impact.
Did you know it’s hurricane season? In the wake of a disaster, American companies are amazingly generous. But generosity isn’t enough – real impact results from timely, thoughtful giving where the need is greatest.