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Draper Hurricane Irma Disaster Response and Recovery Fund


Currently classified as a Category 5 storm, Hurricane Irma is said to be one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic. In response, Bright Funds has established the Hurricane Irma Disaster Response and Recovery Fund. This Fund is comprised of pre-vetted nonprofits providing disaster response in the region. Through a single donation to the Fund, you can support multiple organizations’ initiatives to provide short-term and long-term response and recovery. We have initially selected organizations that are positioned in the Caribbean and Southeastern United States to assist with immediate relief needs, including rescue efforts and medical assistance. The composition of nonprofits in this Fund is subject to change as we learn more about the needs on the ground. Photo Credit: NOAA

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Direct Relief

Anticipating Hurricane Irma’s landfall this week, Direct Relief has reached out to health clinics across Florida and the Caribbean that may be affected. Direct Relief has also prepositioned emergency medicine and supplies throughout the Gulf Coast, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. By prepositioning critical medical resources in advance of hurricane season, clinics have immediate access to critically needed supplies in the event of a hurricane or other emergency.

American National Red Cross

The American Red Cross and Haitian Red Cross are pre-positioning disaster responders and relief items. There are relief supplies and vehicles on the ground and the Red Cross has shipped additional blood products to Puerto Rico to help ensure a sufficient supply is available for hospital partners on the island. Red Cross volunteers and relief supplies are being mobilized, and dozens of facilities have been pre-identified as potential evacuation shelters in Florida in case they are needed. The Red Cross is preparing enough supplies and resources to shelter at least 120,000 evacuees by this weekend.


CARE, one of the largest humanitarian organizations in Haiti, is identifying teams that can be dispatched to any hurricane-ravaged areas. CARE is preparing to respond in at least seven of the 10 departments, or provinces, in Haiti. CARE teams also have started procuring key emergency supplies such as water purification tablets and tarps that can be used for shelter. CARE is also planning to provide hot meals to people in shelters.

Draper Hurricane Irma Disaster Response and Recovery Fund

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