With the hurricane season starting in June, there is a palpable urgency to be better prepared. The region is also threatened by floods, droughts, tsunamis, landslides, earthquakes, and volcanic events.
During the 2017 hurricane season, two category 5 storms, Irma and Maria, struck within two weeks of each other, affecting Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Bahamas, Cuba, Dominica, St. Barthelemy, St. Maarten/St. Martin, British and US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Turks and Caicos. The damage from just those two hurricanes is estimated to be over 100 billion dollars.
Emergency rescue and response activities rely on connectivity and vital information flows to emergency responders and the affected communities. Many of the Caribbean islands are remote with fragile communication and power infrastructure.
NetHope and its partners are moving on five parallel fronts, including:
If we move fast, we have an opportunity to fortify the Caribbean region and minimize the future loss of life and destruction from hurricanes and other threats to the region.
NetHope has committed implementing partners, who are all-in with their investment, providing such essentials as funding, personnel, volunteers, data expertise, and technology. These partners include: Cisco, Facebook, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Foundation, Internews, Microsoft, Rocky Mountain Institute, The Patterson Foundation, and the Clinton Foundation.
To achieve our goals and better safeguard the Caribbean region, NetHope needs more partners. Join the NetHope community. Together, we can provide hope for those who receive aid, and those who deliver it in the Caribbean.