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.
During powerful storm surges, water, sanitation and hygiene are among the first services to fail. As Hurricane Eta batters vulnerable Nicaraguan coastal communities, we need your support to provide clean water and hygiene supplies. For nearly a decade, WaterAid has been working with indigenous populations on Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast from our office in Puerto Cabezas to improve access to clean water, toilets and hygiene. Clean water is more urgent than ever As COVID-19 continues to spread and communities experience catastrophic storm damage.
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.
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.