Hurricane Matthew: How BITC members are responding and what you can do

BITC has put together a briefing on how its members have responded to Hurricane Matthew, which struck parts of the Caribbean and southern USA last month, and the actions other businesses can take to help.

At the beginning of October Hurricane Matthew struck 16 countries including Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba, the Caribbean and America. It fast became one of the worst natural disasters of 2016 with millions of people affected as a result. The Hattian government was quick to ask for help realising it was the largest humanitarian disaster since 2010. After an assessment by the Logistics Cluster, the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) launched a flash appeal for $119 Million. This aims to respond to the needs of 750 000 people for the next 3 months.

In times like these BITC work with businesses and humanitarian organisations to match core competencies, skills, products and services with the humanitarian need. By doing this we help to ensure that support is provided throughout the disaster management cycle. To inspire others, we have recently reached out to some of our members such as Citi, UPS, Unilever and GSK to understand the breadth and depth of their responses to Hurricane Matthew.

Our briefing highlights how through collaboration businesses are able to help the communities affected and provide lasting support. It also offers guidance for businesses looking to respond, discussing the options available, and the needs that are yet to be met.

If you have any questions or would like help in identifying your core competencies, skills, products and services please email danielle.cox@bitc.org.uk

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