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Hurricane Disaster Response
For over 20 years FAVACA has worked with Florida's neighbors in the Caribbean and Central America to help build stronger communities. One aspect of this work has been in the area of disaster preparedness and management. Disaster management professionals and first responders around the region have received training and technical assistance from Florida's top experts. In times of crisis FAVACA mobilizes its network of state and regional contacts to coordinate and refer offers of immediate relief and is prepared to provide volunteer technical assistance in the reconstruction phase. Our extensive partnerships with governments, NGO's, community based organizations and international relief organizations provides FAVACA excellent networks for providing timely and targeted relief to disaster affected countries throughout the region.
Following U.S. Agency for International Development recommendations FAVACA encourages concerned citizens to provide monetary donations through relief organizations rather than collecting clothing and other items for donation. Unsolicited material donations may place an unnecessary burden on relief agencies and add to transportation costs. Monetary donations allow for the most needed supplies to arrive in the shortest time.
The following organizations accept contributions to support immediate disaster relief and reconstruction:
American Red Cross International Response Fund
Caribbean Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund
Food for the Poor
Pan American Development Foundation
Operation Helping Hands
Catholic Charities Hurricane Relief:
(305) 762-1323, 9401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores
For additional information on international disaster response or specific country information see:
Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency
Center for International Disaster Information
Government of Grenada
Embassy of Haiti in Washington, D.C.
Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, D.C.
National Emergency Management Organization
Click here to download a power point presentation on the situation in Grenada by Dawn French director of the National Emergency Management Organization in St. Lucia. This is file is 2 MB and may take several minutes to download depending on your connection speed.
U.S. Agency for International Development - Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance
FAVACA is also involved in coordination with the AmericasRelief Team through their Relief Logistics Center. The team was established as a private sector initiative to help our Latin America and Caribbean friends in times of crisis and disasters. Members include: FedEx Latin America, Carnival Corp., Pharmed Group, Seaboard Marine, G.O.A.L., Florida Stevedoring, and Lucent Technologies. NGO Collaborators include: FAVACA, PADF, Harvest International, and The Miami Herald. For More information Contact: Dr. Teo A. Babun, Jr. Tel: 305-786-0429 Fax: 305-868-3188 E-Mail: Teo@babungroup.com.