Hurricane Irma Emergency Hurricane Irma Emergency

Thousands of families in need of help

Thousands of families in need of help

Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever recorded, has caused extensive damage in Cuba and Haiti. CARE’s emergency teams are working around the clock to help vulnerable families who have been affected by the deadly storm.

Your urgent support can help families devastated by disaster.

Please donate now to CARE’s Global Emergency Fund to help families caught up in disaster


Hurricane Irma made landfall in Cuba as a Category 5 hurricane bringing extremely heavy winds, rain and massive waves. Electricity was knocked out, roofs have been torn from houses and communities have been hit with major flooding.

CARE and local partners in the affected regions are preparing to respond and, as needed, will provide clean drinking water and essential items like soap, mattresses and towels to families who have lost everything and then help families to rebuild their homes.

CARE’s Country Representative for Cuba, Richard Paterson said, “We knew Irma would be bad. Virtually the entire island has been impacted. We’re particularly worried about those communities along the northern coast in the central provinces – we fear some of these areas have been left in ruins. While evacuation centres are prepared with good solid structures and facilities in place, it is what people will come back to that will be a shock, particularly for the most vulnerable people.”

CARE has worked in Cuba for two decades and our emergency teams are experienced in responding to hurricanes and actively prepare for these disasters as part of emergency planning with vulnerable communities.


In Haiti, the brunt of the storm damage and flooding is concentrated in three of the northern provinces. Fortunately, Haiti did not take a direct hit from the hurricane and many people were evacuated to hundreds of shelters after the government’s emergency alerts, with support from CARE and partner organisations.

We used our pre-existing relationships with schools and women’s groups to deliver important messages to community members to help them prepare and evacuate before the hurricane hit.

We also pre-positioned water purification tablets and tarpaulins that can be used for shelter and provided hot meals and clean water to families in shelters.

We are now assessing the extent of the damage and will continue to coordinate with the Haitian Government, communities and other partners to make sure we reach everyone in need, particularly in harder-to-reach areas across the rugged landscape.

CARE is one of the largest humanitarian organisations in Haiti and has been responding to disasters and fighting poverty there since 1954.

Please donate to our Global Emergency Fund to help families in desperate need – the faster we can respond, the more lives we can save and the quicker families can recover from what they’ve been through.

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Call 1800 020 046 toll free and pay by credit card. Download this form, print it out and mail it, including a cheque or credit card information CARE Australia Reply Paid 61843 Canberra ACT 2601 Donations over $2 are tax deductible. Should the funds raised through an emergency appeal exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer term needs of the people in the affected areas, or if there are changes in circumstances beyond CARE’s control which limit its ability to utilise all funds in the affected areas, CARE will direct excess funds to other emergency relief activities in the future.