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All Hands and Hearts effectively and efficiently addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. We are committed to tracking and responding to natural hazards, storms and disasters around the world including earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, and more. For more than fifteen years we have used our volunteer-powered model to mobilize volunteers from around the world, to come early and stay late.

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Latest Storm Updates

May 4, 2022 - 03:34:58 (UTC) South Africa Flooding - Update 5

Since April 25, our team has been connecting with partners on the ground, assessing affected communities, coordinating clean-ups, directing people to distribution centers and educating community members about the health hazards of the sea post flood. 

After reviewing the assessment of South Africa’s flood,  our team decided a traditional program will not be launched, however, we do recognize several ways we can continue to provide support.  Cana, our DART volunteer from South Africa, will continue to review partnerships on the ground so we can identify small ways we can support and impact the community. Updates to be shared in the coming week.

April 27, 2022 - 05:46:34 (UTC) South Africa Flooding - Update 4

On day two of our South Africa flood assessment, Cana, a member of the KwaZulu-Natal community, traveled with a local nonprofit to visit the informal settlement of Inanda, just outside of Durban. The visit indicated that though the school experienced flooding, the only significant damage was to books and reading materials, which the NGO hopes to replace. With only several homes intact, the community has shown a strong display of strength and resilience in looking ahead. Presently, there are several informal community-led responses to clear roads, infrastructure, and surrounding impacted areas.

April 26, 2022 - 06:17:38 (UTC) South Africa Flooding - Update 3

DART has begun a ground assessment in South Africa in response to the flooding. We are utilizing information provided by trusted churches and NGOs to monitor the types of assistance needed within the communities. We are also working alongside a local from the KwaZulu-Natal community who will be providing more information on the ground about the flood’s impacts and possible gaps we can fill. 

The assessment is focused in Umhlanga, Umdloti, Durban, and its surrounding areas along with visiting affected schools to see the level of impact.

April 22, 2022 - 02:06:58 (UTC) South Africa Flooding - Update 2

From April 11th to the 13th, severe flooding and landslides caused by heavy rainfall impacted many South African communities within the Provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape. Over 40,000 people were displaced, roads and transport routes were wiped out, around 8,000 homes were damaged, 600 schools were affected, and 443 deaths occurred.

Our Disaster Assessment Response Team (DART) is in transit to assess the flooding in Kwazulu Natal, the second biggest province by GDP in South Africa which was severely impacted by this flood.

April 13, 2022 - 04:00:43 (UTC) South Africa Flooding - Update 1

A cut off low-pressure system has caused heavy rain and flooding in southern Africa, particularly affecting the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) region of South Africa. 50 deaths have been reported thus far as well as reports of individuals being cut off due to completely damaged infrastructure. The president has declared a state of emergency, and the team is currently exploring if there are potential ways to support initial response efforts.

March 23, 2022 - 09:40:55 (UTC) U.S. Severe Weather - Update 1

A severe weather system that started in Texas and Louisiana on Monday continues to move northeast through the United States. So far, the storm has produced heavy rainfall and tornadoes across the region including a deadly tornado that passed through New Orleans on Tuesday. A tornado watch was issued for parts of Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania until 10PM EDT. Moving forward we can expect severe hail, wind gusts and the potential for future tornadoes.

All Hands and Hearts is closely monitoring the situation and is working on a plan to meet potential needs of the areas.

March 10, 2022 - 11:00:00 (UTC) Super Typhoon Rai (Odette) - Update 5

Based on all of the work that has gone into the assessment, the plan is to conduct partial and full boat repairs of boats damaged by Typhoon Odette, utilizing community volunteers.  A small AHAH team (including primarily local staff) will coordinate the purchasing and delivery of necessary tools and materials, organize the work queue based on the assessments currently underway, coordinate the volunteers to work under the “bayanihan” model (community members working together), and simultaneously work with partners to identify additional capacity building opportunities in the communities.  The program is approved for three months, though we are managing expectations within the community to provide flexibility based on several unknowns in the new model.

March 9, 2022 - 07:18:00 (UTC) Australia Flooding - Update 1

Extreme rain caused by two low pressure systems has resulted in record breaking rain and flooding in Australia’s Queensland and New South Wales. The prime minister declared a national emergency on Wednesday. This is the first time since the wildfires of early 2020 that a national emergency has been declared. All Hands and Hearts is monitoring the situation to understand the needs and potential areas for impact.

March 4, 2022 - 11:27:53 (UTC) Puerto Rico Flooding - Update 3

Learn about our Puerto Rico Flood Response on the program page.

February 23, 2022 - 11:00:00 (UTC) Super Typhoon Rai (Odette) - Update 4

Upon arrival, the team quickly began meeting with organizations that were working in the area. After a few days, the team has identified the island of Palawan and specifically the island municipalities of Dumaran and Araceli as the first areas for a more in-depth assessment. DART will be mobilizing to the island starting tomorrow.

Stay up to date with our DART in the Philippines by following our Storm Tracker.

February 20, 2022 - 11:00:00 (UTC) Super Typhoon Rai (Odette) - Update 3

Due to the widespread impact and severity of Super Typhoon Rai (Odette), All Hands and Hearts sent a team to the Philippines to assess the needs in the affected communities. Our international team members traveled to the Philippines on February 17th and 18th and all arrived safely in Manila by early Saturday local time, on February 19th.

February 19, 2022 - 01:35:00 (UTC) Puerto Rico Flooding - Update 2

We have partnered with a local grassroots organization; ProTechos to train their staff and volunteers in Flood Response Operations. ProTechos is an organization that is still rebuilding roofs in Puerto Rico. All Hands and Hearts has supplied them with equipment and experienced Team Leaders to allow ProTechos to respond to this and future events.

Our work is currently focused on the town of Juana Matos in the municipality of Cantaño. We’re focused on gutting and sanitizing mold in homes that had been flooded. We’ve been taking staff from ProTechos and training them in flood operations and assessments. Using ProTechos experience in roofing; we’ve also been fixing leaks in impacted homes where we can.

February 17, 2022 - 11:00:00 (UTC) Super Typhoon Rai (Odette) - Update 2

Typhoon Rai, known locally as Odette, made its first of nine landfalls on December 16, 2021, in the Central-Southern Philippines causing severe rainfall, flooding, and mudslides.  Rapidly intensifying over a 24 hour period, It had maximum sustained winds of 195 KM/hr and was the strongest storm of 2021 to affect the Philippines. Travel restrictions prevented All Hands and Hearts from sending an assessment team, but AHAH stayed ready to assist as soon as possible. The Philippines’ borders were closed until February 10, 2022, at which point it opened to foreign nationals. The islands are starting to see the return of tourism and foreign travel, including various aid partners being able to enter the country for the first time. All Hands and Hearts also took advantage of this opportunity and mobilized the international DART to conduct a needs assessment.

February 9, 2022 - 06:00:02 (UTC) Puerto Rico Flooding - Update 1

Last weekend, heavy rains flooded homes and some municipalities west of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The severe weather resulted in dozens of schools being closed on Monday due to flooding and several landslides and, heavy rains flooded homes and some municipalities west of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The severe weather caused several landslides across the region and dozens of schools to be closed on Monday. An All Hands and Hearts alumnus reached out on behalf of a local organization, ProTechos, requesting support for them and the community they serve. ProTechos, whose mission is to strengthen underserved communities in Puerto Rico through roof construction and related vocational training, is looking to build capacity within the community to respond to future disasters.

All Hands and Hearts will be sending a team consisting of our U.S. Disaster Response Manager and several All Hands and Hearts team leaders experienced in gutting and sanitizing. Our team will focus on training the ProTechos workforce in these scopes of work so that they can then train the local community and respond independently to similar events in the future. We will also be providing them with the necessary tools, equipment, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to complete the work. 

Our goal is to leverage our extensive disaster response experience to have a lasting impact by building capacity within a local organization and improving community resilience.

Stay up to date with All Hands and Hearts by following our Storm Tracker.

February 4, 2022 - 09:18:28 (UTC) Tropical Cyclone Batsirai - Update 3

Tropical Cyclone Batsirai has passed north of Mauritius and Reunion and continues to track westward, with anticipated landfall on the east coast of Madagascar early February 5th.  The projected impact is in the same area affected by recent Tropical Storm Ana.  All Hands and Hearts is tracking the path and will seek to understand the impact as the storm hits.

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February 2, 2022 - 03:19:21 (UTC) Tropical Cyclone Batsirai - Update 2

Tropical Storm Batsirai has rapidly intensified and been upgraded to a Tropical Cyclone, with windspeeds reaching 145 mph. Tropical Cyclone Batsirai is forming in the Indian Ocean, currently north of Réunion and Mauritius, and has an anticipated trajectory towards Madagascar. It is expected to continue to strengthen over the next few days. Batsirai is likely to exacerbate the damage from recent Tropical Storm Ana which passed over the region earlier this week. All Hands and Hearts is continuing to track the trajectory of the storm and its potential impacts.

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January 28, 2022 - 08:59:18 (UTC) Tropical Cyclone Batsirai - Update 1

Tropical Storm Batsirai, also known as Tropical Cyclone Batsirai has formed in the Indian Ocean and is headed towards Madagascar. Although it may weaken, it could follow a similar path and thus exacerbate the effects of the recent Tropical Storm Ana. All Hands and Hearts is following the path of Batsirai and will continue to gather information to understand if All Hands and Hearts may be able to support.

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January 28, 2022 - 04:00:00 (UTC) Tropical Storm Ana - Update 1

Tropical Storm Ana made landfall in Madagascar on January 24 before heading west through Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. Current reports say that there are 400,000 people impacted with a death toll of 70 and rising. Far more are displaced and in need of food, shelter, and WaSH support. States of disaster or emergency have been declared in both Malawi and Madagascar, and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), among others have mobilized to conduct in depth needs assessments and support with initial response efforts. All Hands and Hearts continues to monitor the situation.

January 21, 2022 - 08:33:10 (UTC) Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai Volcano - Update 2

Now almost one week after the eruption, the extent of the damage is still being assessed. Information on the outlying islands has been slow to come out due to a communication connection being severed. There is concern that international aid will introduce COVID-19 into the otherwise COVID free country. Australia and New Zealand are providing aid, but all other international assistance is restricted. All Hands and Hearts continues to monitor the situation and stand by to assisted if required. 

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January 18, 2022 - 04:20:40 (UTC) Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai Volcano - Update 1

On January 15, the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted causing multiple tsunamis in the surrounding areas. Internet and phone communications are currently badly affected resulting in many unconfirmed reports. Australia and New Zealand have sent response teams and the UN is standing ready if needed. There has been no request for international humanitarian assistance from Tonga at this time though the situation might change as communications are restored. The Tongan border remains closed to all travelers due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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We use information from reputable sources like the National Hurricane Center to make informed decisions regarding our responses to storms around the world.

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