Crisis Response 2017

 Hurricane Irma Response

ERDO responded to the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in a decade.

barbuda land mass


Hurricane Irma quickly became the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in a decade. As the most powerful hurricane to strike the US since Katrina, the Category 5 hurricane killed 134 people after tearing through the Caribbean and then the United States. The hurricane left much destruction in its wake, destroying 95% of Barbuda’s buildings and infrastructure and leaving 60% of residents homeless.

ERDO, through local partnerships, provided food and household aid packets in the Dominican Republic, responding to immediate needs. In Haiti, ERDO worked to mitigate water contamination and malaria transmission.


Dominian Republic

ERDO worked with the local church in Juncal and Nagua, two areas in the north of the Dominican Republic where several homes were destroyed by Hurricane Irma. In an area already struggling with low family income and high unemployment, the local church could help identify which families had the greatest need.

As many other organizations were working in the area to provide food aid and start reconstruction, ERDO decided food and household aid was the highest priority. 40 Emergency Aid Packets were created with household items including:

  • Bottled water
  • Bedsheets
  • Mosquito nets
  • Towels
  • Food
  • Household sanitation products
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap
  • Shampoo

ERDO also provided bed sets for those who did not have a place to sleep. As the project was spearheaded by the local church, people’s spiritual needs as well as their physical needs were provided for.



Hurricane Irma caused flooding in various parts of Haiti, displacing families and causing huge concerns for the country’s health. Heavy rain flooded water systems, contaminating the supply. Since risks for water-borne illness and diseases from mosquitos are high after a hurricane, ERDO made health prevention a top priority.

ERDO decided to work with farming families after the hurricane, as fields were flooded losing crops and a family’s income. Water filters and sanitation products were given to 200 families, ensuring houses had safe drinking water. These families also received mosquito nets to reduce the risk of malaria.

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