Hurricane Matthew is likely one of the strongest hurricanes to impact Caribbean and the Southeastern United States within the last decade. The storm has registered as the first
Category 5 Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Felix of 2007. Matthew formed from a vigorous tropical wave that slowly moved off the African coast on September 22, 2016 on a westward track until
developing into a tropical storm as it was situated just to the East of the Leeward Islands on September 28, 2016. One day later, Hurricane Matthew rapidly strengthened into a Category 5
hurricane as it impacted the Caribbean on its way towards the South Eastern coast of the Continental U.S.
After completing a successful month long effort to restore those affected by the Baton Rouge flood, the JGI organization, the United Nations Chaplains Association (UNCA) quickly reassembled to respond to those impacted by Hurricane Matthew. Relief efforts are extended to areas of Northeastern Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina (Robeson County) that were also affected. In partnership with the American Red Cross, FEMA and JGI's Tree of Life Food Bank (www.themissionscenter.org), the UNCA mobilized with crisis trained responders to assist with the sustainment and recovery efforts associated with Hurricane Matthew in two phases:
During Phase One, from October 5, 2016 through October 14, 2016, the UNCA provided shelter, food and community restoration efforts to those impacted within the South Florida region. The UNCA led Rapid Response Team focused on coordinating streamlined efforts through local community leaders to deploy concentrated resources to the community level. Resources deployed included:
Bottled water and canned foods,
Hygiene supplies and other comfort items,
Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers & formula,
Clean up supplies such as heavy duty garbage bags; and
Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled.
During Phase Two, from October 10, 2016 through October 14, 2016 the UNCA expanded to support residents throughout Northern Florida (Melbourne, St. Augustine, Daytona and Jacksonville) with the provision of tangible goods, emotional, and spiritual care during their transition.
During Phase Three from October 14, 2016 through November 1, 2016 the UNCA deployed to Lumberton, Red Springs, Maxton and "Thunder Valley" Nort Carolina deploying tangible good to over 4,000 residents.
On November 2, 2016 JGI launched its Social and Economic Redevelopment to provide distressed communities with progressive technology, educations and economic opportunities. JGI orgiantization, UNCA is continuing the effort to prepare local governments with strategies and resources needed for Disaster Mitigation.