As evidenced by Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Florence, the 2018 storm season saw its fair share of severe weather, delivering 15 storms and eight hurricanes.  To support those impacted by the 2018 season the United Nations Chaplains Association (UNCA) deployed over 7 tons of goods and resources to Florida’s Gulf, Gasden and Liberty Counties. On August 29, Hurricane Dorian became the 2019 season’s first major hurricane, intensifying to a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of over 185 miles per hour, hovering over the Bahamas as it inched towards Florida’s east coast. In response to the threat, the Governors of FL, SC, and NC declared a state of emergency throughout vulnerable counties in their respective State.

On August 28, 2019, the UNCA mobilized a response to Hurricane Dorian by coordinating targeted efforts with FEMA, State VOAD's, and its interfaith network to provide response and recovery-level support. On September 2, 2019, the UNCA began establishing logistics to support response-level throughout Bahamian islands.

Phase One: From August 29, 2019, through September 9, 2019, the UNCA will coordinate with local officials to deliver food, resources and logistical support. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the UNCA has successfully established distribution channels throughout the Florida panhandle and neighboring areas and is narrowing its focus to identifying smaller, underserved populations within the impacted regions.  

The UNCA will provide:

  • Multi-Agency Logistic Support
  • Damage Assessment 
  • Shelter Identification and Launching
  • Debris Removal
  • Home Interior Restoration 
  • Bulk Distribution Sites: To assist in the recovery of residents affected by the disaster, the UNCA will establish and launch bulk distribution sites providing food, water, and supplies for residents of affected areas which are underserved. The purpose of the sites are to provide resources at the neighborhood level; directly into the hands of those who have been affected. The bulk distribution sites overcome challenges relating to transportation, which often prevent citizens from receiving much-needed support.

Phase Two: From September 10, 2019, through December 31, 2019, the UNCA will focus on various recovery-based initiatives.

The UNCA will provide:

  • Crisis Counseling
  • Shelter Support
  • Case Management
  • Delivery of Material Resources
  • Establishment of Multi-Agency Centers (MAC's): The UNCA will establish MAC’s to provide additional ability for local, federal, non-profit agencies and service providers to collaborate in a central location throughout the recovery phase of the event.  The MAC’s also serve as a central location for citizens to receive services; as opposed to making multiple stops throughout the recovery phase of the event.  The MAC’s also serves as a central location for citizens to receive services; as opposed to making multiple stops.  


Managed by the Tree of Life Food Bank, the 2019 Southeastern Hurricane Relief Fund was established to support damaged communities and budget for pending catastrophes which could occur throughout the SE U.S. before year-end. All funds raised were deployed to hurricane-devastated areas prior to the close of the 2019 calendar year. 

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 Hurricane Dorian's position September 2, 2019

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Initiative #7799600
Hurricane Dorian Response and Relief Initiative

 UNCA Initial Deployment 

 October 14, 2018

Impacted Lives :  11,466,984

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