Hurricane Beryl

Hurricane Beryl

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DISASTER RESPONSE. STEP ONE. GET THERE.

Situation Overview

On July 1, 2024, Hurricane Beryl passed through St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada, making landfall on Grenada’s Carriacou and Petite Martinique islands as a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 138 mph. The storm also affected Barbados, Dominica, Martinique, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Hurricane Beryl inflicted severe damage across the Caribbean as the earliest Category 5 hurricane on record. The storm heralded a vigorous start of what is expected to be an above-normal season, characterized by stronger and more frequent storms. Airlink recognizes the heightened vulnerability of Caribbean communities to future severe weather events due to Beryl’s lasting impacts.

On July 8, Beryl made final landfall in Matagorda, Texas, leaving one million people without power. While we monitor the full extent of the damage in Texas and stand ready to support our partners there, we are actively responding in the Caribbean, focusing primarily on Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada, where our partners are concentrating their efforts. In total, 13 countries have been affected.

Humanitarian Needs

Across the region, 740,000 people are exposed to hurricane conditions. Damage assessments are underway, and preliminary reports indicate significant power outages across several islands, affecting multiple hospitals. Extreme infrastructure damage and a lack of clean water are reported in Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. There is a need for shelter items (particularly tarpaulins and ropes), and other non-food items such as solar lamps and hygiene and dignity kits. 

Airlink's Role: Overcoming Logistical Hurdles For NGOs

Airlink is working with airline and logistics parnters to provide critical airlift and logistical support to responding NGO partners to get the right aid to the right place at the right time.

We are coordinating shipments of shelter, WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) supplies, and arranging flights for emergency responders, health professionals, logisticians, and additional programmatic staff.

Access to smaller islands, such as Grenada and Carriacou, poses logistical hurdles due to limited major airport clearances and the reliance on regional and local aircraft. Developing creative solutions to handle smaller amounts of personnel and cargo will be important in this response to accommodate the geography of the impacted islands. 

Airlink is engaged with The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), which is coordinating the response.

How You Can Help

A coordinated response that delivers effective and appropriate aid is crucial. Despite well-intentioned efforts by individuals and companies to arrange private donations and giving drives, many supplies end up being unsuitable for the region, unused, and causing strain and congestion on local communities. As much as 60% of aid is often wasted. This is especially critical for responses involving smaller island communities, where overwhelming local resources can have severe consequences.

What sets Airlink apart is our strategic approach to disaster response. We collaborate with a vetted network of over 200 NGOs to carefully assess each request for aid movement. Our expertise in logistics and our strong partnerships with airlines allow us to transport aid efficiently and effectively, minimizing waste and maximizing impact.

Your donation is vital in ensuring a timely and effective response. Your support not only helps us respond to Hurricane Beryl but also prepares us for the entire 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Every contribution makes a difference—please consider donating today to support communities in crisis and help us deliver the right aid to the right place at the right time.

Response Partners

Optimizing Private Sector Humanitarian Logistics Support for Communities Affected by Seasonal Emergencies:

Through a public-private partnership led by Airlink and including USAID/BHA, commercial airlines and logistics actors, and credible, community-based nonprofit organizations, aviation helps get the right aid to the right people at the right time. USAID is from the American People.

#Airlinked Partners in Action

IsraAID is responding with an initial assessment team that includes specialists in mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). They will be traveling with water filters (Sawyers) and solar lights.

History of Atlantic Hurricane Season Response

Last year, Airlink completed its most complex transshipment to date, facilitating the delivery of medical supplies for Project C.U.R.E. to support a clinic in the remote highlands of Enga Province. This achievement was made possible through support from Cathay Cargo, the UPS Foundation, and Priority Worldwide. Our experience in the region underscores our capability and commitment to providing critical logistical support in the most challenging environments through the power and speed of aviation.

Airlink in the Media:

Hurricane Beryl Has Devastated the Caribbean. Here’s How You Can Help Relief Efforts

By providing airlifts and coordination, Airlink says its strategic approach is critical “to get the right aid to the right place at the right time.”

Help Hurricane Beryl Relief Efforts by Donating to These Organizations

While Hurricane Beryl continues to barrel through the region, here are organizations you can contribute to that are helping with the relief and recovery efforts. Airlink...

Hurricane Beryl has devastated the Caribbean. Here’s how you can help from Miami

Airlink, a nonprofit that airlifts aid to disaster-stricken places, is collaborating with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency to get supplies to islands and helping nonprofits overcome transportation challenge, and is accepting donations.