CRS: The Church Responds to Hurricane MatthewBy Diocese of San Jose on October 5, 2016
Hurricane Matthew, a powerful category 4 storm, is traveling through the Caribbean and made landfall in Haiti early Tuesday, October 4, 2016. With maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour, it is predicted that Hurricane Matthew will remain powerful into Tuesday and beyond, as it passes Haiti and heads to the far eastern coasts of Cuba and Jamaica. Along with partners, Catholic Relief Services is ready to move personnel, and transport and deliver relief items. CRS works on behalf of Catholics in the United States to assist poor and vulnerable people around the world.
Before the storm hit, CRS engineers were dispatched to field offices in Les Cayes, Jeremie and Jacmel – cities in the southwest part of Haiti that are directly in its path – and are on stand-by to assess structural damage and begin repairs. Based on the extent of damage, part of CRS’ response could include temporary shelters and distribution of shelter materials like tarps.
Please support the Church’s response to Hurricane Matthew as we pray, learn, act and give to those in need.
As Catholics, we recognize that prayer binds us in solidarity to our neighbors in distress, and connects us more deeply with the grace that flows from God. In times like these, we encourage responses that begin with prayer.
- Follow @catholicrelief (Twitter) and Catholic Relief Services (Facebook) and spread the word about how the Church is responding and how people can help.
- Share creative ideas about how faith communities can respond.
(Source: Catholic Relief Services, http://www.crs.org/resource-center/church-responds-hurricane-matthew)