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Hurricane Eta Relief & Recovery Fund


Hurricane Eta, the 28th storm this season, made landfall in Nicaragua on Tuesday afternoon. As a category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph, the storm has already ravaged Honduras, Nicaragua, and surrounding regions. The storm will continue to hover over Central America through the weekend, bringing along life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides. Reports of Eta's catastrophic damage from rains, winds and flooding in Nicaragua and Honduras have begun to roll in, but it could be days until residents there are able to survey the totality of the impact. It is estimated that 1.2 million people have been affected by the storm, which could move to the Caribbean and southern Florida in the days to come. Bright Funds has established The Hurricane Eta Relief & Recovery Fund to support the communities impacted by the storms. This Fund includes pre-vetted nonprofits providing emergency 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 working to provide immediate relief; the composition of the nonprofits in this Fund are subject to change as we learn more about the needs on the ground.

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United States Fund for UNICEF

Almost half a million children are among the more than 1.2 million people who could be affected by the storm, according to UNICEF, which put emergency supplies in place and developed a plan to respond to the needs of children and families, according to a statement from the agency.UNICEF has prepositioned supplies for families, including 3,000 family hygiene kits, 3,000 water containers, 87 boxes of water disinfection tablets and 50 chlorine test kits for water quality monitoring capable to make 12,000 tests. The supplies can reach 15,000 people, including 6,000 children.

American National Red Cross

The Red Cross is on the ground preparing for Hurricane Eta’s impact. Teams are working in tandem with local authorities and officials to set emergency responses in place. More than 10,000 Honduran and Nicaraguan Red Cross volunteers and staff are on high alert and available to assist with urgent aid. Red Crossers are already evacuating residents in vulnerable or flood-prone areas. Emergency supplies and relief items such as fuel, tarpaulins, blankets and more have been prepared for quick distribution.

Direct Relief

As the storm approached, Direct Relief coordinated with the Pan American Health Organization to prepare a Hurricane Prep Pack and a Covid-19 ICU kit for deployment, which are both prepositioned in Panama at PAHO’s strategic stockpile. Even as damage assessments have only started in Central America, Direct Relief is in communication with a dozen partners in the region, which treat the most vulnerable and medically underserved populations in their countries, to learn more about what they’re seeing and what their anticipated needs will be. Immediate requests from Direct Relief’s partner health care facilities in Honduras included over-the-counter medicines like ibuprofen and acetaminophen, antibiotics, anti-parasite medicine, masks, alcohol gel, and hygiene items. An infusion of the requested medical aid is being prepared at Direct Relief’s warehouse and expected to depart this week for impacted areas.

Hurricane Eta Relief & Recovery Fund

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