Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria in U.S. and Caribbean, 2017
Hurricane Harvey, documented as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in 50 years, caused record-breaking rainfall across the state. The subsequent storm surges and floods devastated thousands of lives especially in Florida, Texas and Louisiana. Thousands of homes were lost, and more than a million people were evacuated.
Hurricane Irma, a category five hurricane, ripped through Puerto Rico and United States Virgin Islands leaving behind a path of destruction. More than 100 people died, and hundreds of thousands were left displaced. After causing devastation in the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma also hit the United States, overwhelming communities there. Sadly, two weeks later Hurricane Maria hit the same areas again.
On the ground an IHG Foundation grantee, the American Red Cross, worked around the clock to provide safe shelter and comfort to people impacted by these disasters. More than 7,000 trained disaster workers and Red Cross volunteers distributed over one million care kits, provided mental health services and supplyed tractor trailers full of meals.
The IHG Foundation also supported the British Red Cross in their efforts to help communities impacted across Caribbean countries, including Angullia, Montserrat, British Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos islands. Teams from the British Red Cross distributed emergency relief supplies and provided health services to individuals. The aftermath of the deadly hurricanes will have long-term damage to those affected, and the Red Cross will be there to support communities rebuild their lives.