NASA/NOAA GOES Project
Please note: Due to the extent and grave nature of the damage in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria, we are researching beneficiary organizations to help those affected there. At this time all Hurricane 2017 Recovery donations are being directed to Puerto Rico. Donations will continue to Puerto Rico recovery efforts unless a new hurricane occurs which necessitates support elsewhere.
The 2017 hurricane season has already been one of the most severe in recorded history. Within less than a month, three record-breaking hurricanes formed in the Atlantic and affected at least five US states and devastated multiple Caribbean islands. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted that the 2017 hurricane season will be the most active since 2010, and may last even longer than usual.
When Foundation Beyond Belief began collecting donations in late August for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, there was no way to know that two more monster hurricanes would ravage the Caribbean within less than a month. While we understand that many are still feeling the effects of Harvey, we also want to make sure that we provide assistance to communities impacted by Irma, Maria, and other major hurricanes that may hit.
Harvey came ashore in Corpus Christi as a category 4 storm and meandered slowly over Houston and surrounding areas in Texas, causing a 1,000 year flooding event that resulted in over 80 deaths.
Then Irma battered the Caribbean as a category 5 storm, and moved on to make landfall in Key West as a category 4, breaking multiple records along the way. Spending over 3 days as a category 5, Irma was “the most powerful hurricane ever to hit the Leeward Islands, including Barbuda, Anguilla, and Saint Martin”.
Maria, as a category 5, caused massive destruction and at least nine deaths in the Caribbean. As of Wednesday, September 20, the entire island of Puerto Rico was without power. Maria strengthened from a category 1 to a category 5 in less than a single day, giving little warning to those in her early path.
FBB thanks the American Humanist Association for supporting this Humanist Disaster Recovery effort.