Response Updates

Convoy of Hope Responds to Hurricane Irma

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December 23, 2017 | 4 p.m.

OCALA, FL — Convoy of Hope’s distribution operations continue in several communities. Below are the latest numbers.

  • 246,490 individuals served
  • 2,367 volunteers engaged
  • 10,979 volunteer hours earned
  • 157 tractor-trailer loads distributed
  • 62 work orders completed
  • 4,713,654 pounds of product distributed

December 18, 2017 | 5 p.m.

OCALA, FL — Updated numbers from Florida are below as work continues.

  • 232,360 individuals served
  • 2,364 volunteers engaged
  • 10,945 volunteer hours earned
  • 148 tractor-trailer loads distributed
  • 62 work orders completed
  • 4,545,654 pounds of product distributed

December 13, 2017 | 8 a.m.

OCALA, FL — Convoy of Hope’s distribution operations continue in several communities. Updated statistics are listed below.

  • 227,650 individuals served
  • 2,359 volunteers engaged
  • 10,899 volunteer hours earned
  • 145 tractor-trailer loads distributed
  • 62 work orders completed
  • 4,503,727 pounds of product distributed

December 10, 2017 | 5 p.m.

OCALA, FL — Convoy of Hope’s distribution operations continue in several communities. Below are the latest numbers.

  • 225,225 individuals served
  • 2,357 volunteers engaged
  • 10,884 volunteer hours earned
  • 143 tractor-trailer loads distributed
  • 62 work orders completed
  • 4,453,727 pounds of product distributed

December 1, 2017 | 8 a.m.

OCALA, FL — Updated numbers from Florida are below as work continues.

  • 219,800 individuals served
  • 2,349 volunteers engaged
  • 10,815 volunteer hours earned
  • 140 tractor-trailer loads distributed
  • 62 work orders completed
  • 4,410,727 pounds of product distributed

November 28, 2017 | 7:45 p.m.

TORTOLA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS — Quick stats from the British Virgin Islands are below.

  • 12,000 individuals served
  • 25 churches and neighborhoods served
  • 350,000 gallons of water distributed
  • 500,000+ meals served
  • 120 families, farmers, and small businesses given lumber

November 20, 2017 | 9:30 a.m.

OCALA, FL — Statewide, Convoy of Hope’s distribution operations continue in several communities. Below are the latest numbers.

  • 202,530 individuals served
  • 2,343 volunteers engaged
  • 10,757 volunteer hours earned
  • 129 tractor-trailer loads distributed
  • 62 work orders completed
  • 4,276,012 pounds of product distributed

November 13, 2017 | 8 a.m.

OCALA, FL — Statewide, Convoy of Hope’s distribution operations continue in several communities. Below are updated statistics.

  • 51 cities served
  • 191,540 individuals served
  • 2,337 volunteers engaged
  • 10,693 volunteer hours earned
  • 122 tractor-trailer loads distributed
  • 62 work orders completed
  • 4,012,012 pounds of product distributed

November 3, 2017 | 7:30 a.m.

OCALA, FL — Statewide, Convoy of Hope’s distribution operations continue in several communities. Below are the latest numbers.

  • 185,260 individuals served
  • 2,329 volunteers engaged
  • 10,609 volunteer hours earned
  • 118 tractor-trailer loads distributed
  • 62 work orders completed
  • 3,820,012 pounds of product distributed

October 26, 2017 | 2 p.m.

TORTOLA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS — The latest numbers from the British Virgin Islands are below.

  • 10,900 individuals served
  • 350,000 gallons of water distributed
  • 474,368 meals served
  • 1,000 tarps distributed
  • 100 rain barrels distributed
  • 1,219 LuminAID solar lanterns distributed
  • 1,500 estimated meals cooked and distributed each school day

October 26, 2017 | 12 p.m.

OCALA, FL — Statewide, Convoy of Hope’s distribution operations continue in several communities. Below are the latest numbers.

  • 48 cities served
  • 171,130 individuals served
  • 2,329 volunteers engaged
  • 10,609 volunteer hours earned
  • 109 tractor-trailer loads distributed
  • 62 work orders completed
  • 3,536,714 pounds of product distributed

October 20, 2017 | 11 a.m.

OCALA, FL — Statewide, Convoy of Hope’s distribution operations continue in several communities.

  • 48 cities served
  • 136,590 individuals served
  • 2,325 volunteers engaged
  • 10,561 volunteer hours earned
  • 93 tractor-trailer loads distributed
  • 62 work orders completed
  • 3,119,214 pounds of product distributed

TORTOLA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS — Convoy of Hope has created an aid village in Tortola that serves as a distribution hub. In addition to the distribution of relief supplies, the team is working with partners on rebuilding in the coming months.

  • 10,900 individuals served
  • 1,971 tarps distributed
  • 1,205 LuminAID solar lanterns distributed
  • 1,509 hygiene kits distributed
  • 471,469 meals served

October 14, 2017 | 3 p.m.

Updated stats for the British Virgin Islands are below.

  • 1,971 tarps distributed
  • 1,205 LuminAID solar lanterns distributed
  • 1,509 hygiene kits distributed
  • 471,469 meals served

October 12, 2017 | 8:45 a.m.

OCALA, FL — Statewide, Convoy of Hope’s distribution operations continue at a steady pace out of the Ocala location. Convoy is still serving several churches with multiple loads per week out of Ocala.

  • 48 cities served
  • 136,590 individuals served
  • 2,324 volunteers engaged
  • 10,586 volunteer hours earned
  • 87 tractor-trailer loads distributed
  • 58 work orders completed
  • 2,832,184 pounds of product distributed
OCTOBER 9, 2017 | 6:30 AM

Updated stats for Florida are listed below.

  • 48 cities served
  • 133,450 individuals served
  • 2,250 volunteers engaged
  • 10,119 volunteer hours earned
  • 85 tractor-trailer loads distributed
  • 54 work orders completed
  • 2,784,669 pounds of product distributed

October 5, 2017 | 10:45 a.m.

An emergency-based feeding program serving 900 preschool-aged children across the British Virgin Islands launched today. Convoy of Hope is also providing hot meals to 1,500 people daily, and is distributing fuel and water from the vessel that was delivered last week.

October 5, 2017 | 10:05 a.m.

Updated stats for Florida are listed below.

  • 48 cities served
  • 120,890 individuals served
  • 2,234 volunteers engaged
  • 9,816 volunteer hours earned
  • 77 tractor-trailer loads distributed
  • 47 work orders completed
  • 2,535,364 pounds of product distributed

October 3, 2017 | 8 p.m.

Our team in Turks & Caicos continues to operate through a coalition of pastors, private sectors, and government entities to serve people impacted by Hurricane Irma. Most recently, we distributed two-week food rations to hundreds of families and tarps to 1,520 families in need. We are also extending our Hurricane Irma response to include the Dominican Republic. We will send a container with more than 270,000 meals in the coming days. Up-to-date stats for Turks & Caicos are listed below.

  • 546,830 meals served
  • 24,225 individuals served
  • 1,500 hygiene kits distributed
  • 1,520 tarps distributed
  • 100 Sawyer Water Filters distributed
  • 75 LuminAID lanterns distributed

October 3, 2017 | 10 a.m.

Our team and volunteers continue to complete work orders and distribute resources in the Flagler Beach area. In addition, our distribution team in Ocala continues to provide truckloads of resources to churches around the state. So far, we have served more than 108,000 people and distributed 2.4 million pounds of product.

October 2, 2017 | 9 p.m.

PORT PURCELL, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS — Over the weekend, a vessel containing more than $2 million worth of food and supplies arrived at Port Purcell. The contents of this vessel will provide:

  • 5,000 hot meals for 12 months (daily).
  • daily take home rations lasting three months for 5,000 families.
  • 2,000 non-food item packets, including LuminAID solar lanterns, hygiene kits, and additional relief supplies.
  • 2,000 mother/child bundles that contain diapers, feminine hygiene items, and baby food.
  • 300,000 gallons of potable water.
  • two portable kitchens.
  • two refrigeration containers.
  • additional relief and rebuilding supplies.

We have served an estimated 9,000 people so far in the British Virgin Islands and continue to identify the greatest areas of need to help those affected by the storm.

September 30, 2017 | 10 a.m.

  • 46 cities served
  • 105,190 individuals served
  • 2,109 volunteers engaged
  • 9,141 volunteer hours earned
  • 67 tractor-trailer loads distributed
  • 31 work orders completed
  • 2,329,217 pounds of product distributed

September 28, 2017 | 1:30 p.m.

The team is unloading three containers today with meals that will serve 6,000 people for an entire month (with three meals per day). The cargo ship will arrive later today with more than $2 million worth of relief supplies.

  • 552,200 meals served
  • 7,900 individuals served
  • 1,200 hygiene kits distributed
  • 540 feminine hygiene kits distributed
  • 700 tarps distributed
  • 700 Sawyer Water Filters distributed
  • 2,500 LuminAID lanterns distributed

September 27, 2017 | 8 a.m.

Debris removal and cleanup work continue in Florida.

  • 45 cities served
  • 91,060 individuals served
  • 1,973 volunteers engaged
  • 8,520 volunteer hours earned
  • 58 tractor-trailer loads distributed
  • 28 work orders completed
  • 2,091,768 pounds of product distributed

September 26, 2017 | 8 a.m.

  • 44 cities served
  • 89,490 individuals served
  • 1,918 volunteers engaged
  • 8,283 volunteer hours earned
  • 57 tractor-trailer loads distributed
  • 24 work orders completed
  • 2,036,333 pounds of product distributed

September 25, 2017 | 3 p.m.

FLAGLER BEACH, FL — We have started debris removal operations in Flagler Beach, Florida, and have already competed 20 work orders. Work here will continue in the coming weeks. In addition to cleanup efforts, we are now running our distribution operations for the rest of the state out of Ocala, Florida. To date U.S. stats are below.

  • 62,800 individuals served
  • 1,892 volunteers engaged
  • 8,173 volunteer hours earned
  • 40 tractor-trailer loads distributed
  • 20 work orders completed
  • 1,361,975 pounds of product distributed

September 22, 2017 | 3 p.m.

  • 34 U.S. cities served
  • 58,090 individuals served
  • 1,695 volunteers engaged
  • 6,963 volunteer hours earned
  • 37 tractor-trailer loads distributed
  • 1,248,060 pounds of product distributed

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS — Convoy of Hope has implemented a rapid response in the British Virgin Islands and is actively responding. Nearly $2 million-worth of food and relief supplies are currently en route.

Approximately 2,500 families were served with food, water, and other relief supplies, while 350 families received vouchers to purchase food and other much needed items. Clean water was provided for 2,000 people and more than 1,000 people are receiving a hot meal each day that has been cooked by a local restaurant. Convoy of Hope is also talking with local partners about a daily feeding program for 600 students in early childhood education centers.

TURKS & CAICOS Work continues in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The most recent stats are below.

  • 271,520 meals served
  • 11,145 individuals served
  • 81 volunteers engaged
  • 402 volunteer hours earned
  • 1,500 hygiene kits distributed
  • 1,000 tarps distributed
  • 100 Sawyer Water Filters distributed
  • 75 LuminAID lanterns distributed

September 18, 2017 | 10:30 a.m.

Our response to Hurricane Irma in Turks & Caicos continues as more than 263,520 meals have been served. We have aided storm survivors in Providenciales, South Caicos, and Grand Turk.

September 18, 2017 | 8:30 a.m.

So far, Convoy of Hope has served 33 cities in Florida, reaching more than 34,500 storm survivors. Volunteers have already put in more than 5,100 hours while helping to serve people in need.

September 17, 2017 | 1 p.m.

Convoy of Hope continues to serve Hurricane Irma survivors in Florida and has recently received clearance to send a load of relief supplies into the Florida Keys.

  • 32,970 individuals served
  • 809 volunteers engaged
  • 4,029 volunteer hours earned
  • 21 tractor-trailer loads distributed
  • 730,665 pounds of product distributed
  • $533,532 GIK value distributed

September 16, 2017 | 5 p.m.

To date, Convoy of Hope has served 29 cities in Florida following Hurricane Irma. Convoy has served nearly 22,000 people and distributed 484,267 pounds of relief supplies.

Septemer 15, 2017 | 8 a.m.

Convoy of Hope continues to serve multiple communities across the state of Florida. Our teams are loading resources in vehicles and taking them directly into affected areas. Below are the latest stats.

  • 19 cities served
  • 15,700 individuals served
  • 168 volunteers engaged
  • 672 volunteer hours earned
  • 10 tractor-trailer loads distributed
  • 359,637 pounds of product distributed
  • $306,707 GIK value distributed

September 14, 2017 | 8 a.m.

TORTOLA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS — Sustained 185-mile-per-hour winds plucked blades of grass and telephone poles from the ground. The damaging winds ripped roofs from their homes; tore the palms off of palm trees; and hurled boats, cars, and massive shipping containers through the air. Power lines came down, a majority of businesses are shuttered indefinitely, and homes and schools are destroyed. Food, water, tarps, and fuel are scarce and desperately needed.

“Convoy has been — and will remain — on the ground distributing food, water, and supplies along with interjecting economic stimulants into local businesses to help the people of the British Virgin Islands not only recover, but heal,” says Kirk Noonan, from the island of Tortola.

September 13, 2017 | 8 p.m.

Our Disaster Services team has served 10 cities in Florida by providing much-needed food, water, and other emergency relief supplies. We are working with local partners in the area to distribute these supplies and serve hurricane survivors in need. In Florida, we have already served more than 7,000 people and distributed 180,000+ pounds of supplies.

September 12, 2017 | 11:30 p.m.

Today, a team arrived in Turks & Caicos with partners from Mission of Hope and met with emergency management officials. We will ship emergency relief supplies including food, hygiene kits, tarps, and water treatment kits to Turks and Caicos Islands from Haiti tomorrow. We expect to serve up to 10,000 people with this initial load.

September 12, 2017 | 9:30 a.m.

Power is already being restored in many places in Florida and some areas are starting to get fuel again. We will begin unloading and distributing our first two truckloads of supplies later today. Additional locations around the state have been identified and more trucks are en route today.

September 11, 2017 | 3:30 p.m.

While Irma has been downgraded to a tropical storm, it still caused mass destruction overnight in Florida. Nearly 6 million people lost power across the state.

Our Disaster Services team has been working with local partners and they have identified locations for distribution sites in the coming days. In addition to the two loads we had pre-positioned ahead of the storm, we have multiple loads en route to provide relief to storm survivors in need.

Additionally, our team in the British Virgin Islands is working with government leaders to establish a distribution plan for food and relief supplies. As people start running out of cash — with food and water already scarce — the situation needs desperate help from organizations like Convoy.

September 9, 2017 | 5 p.m.

A team is en route to Springfield, Missouri, to pick up supplies before heading to the British Virgin Islands. Once there, the plan is to set up a base of operations to meet needs and eventually reach the surrounding islands.

An additional team will depart tomorrow to head to the Caribbean to serve areas hit by the storm. Convoy of Hope also has three loads of mixed product scheduled to reach Haiti in support of the response.

September 9, 2017 | 3:30 p.m.

Currently, the storm is approximately 400 miles wide — roughly the size of Texas. The storm is expected to cover the entire state of Florida, meaning responding organizations will have to wait until the storm passes out of Northern Florida before traveling to the affected areas.

However, we do currently have trucks staged and ready to respond in the Florida Panhandle. We also have additional staff ready to respond. Convoy of Hope is working with local partners and FEMA to best identify the areas of greatest need after the storm hits.

September 8, 2017 | 9:30 a.m.

Hurricane Irma made landfall in Puerto Rico Wednesday night after devastating parts of the Caribbean. Hundreds of thousands of residents in Puerto Rico are without power. Irma also slammed the tiny island of Barbuda and moved on to St. Martin, Anguilla, and parts of the British Virgin Islands where winds reached 185 mph. The death toll has reached more than 10 people.

“We have 1 million meals staged in Haiti and more en route,” says Chris Dudley, International Response Director for Disaster Services. “We are also working with local partners in Cuba to identify their greatest needs.”

As the Bahamas and parts of South Florida brace for Hurricane Irma, mandatory evacuations are in place and people are preparing for the worst. Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team will continue to respond as needed.

September 5, 2017 | 5 p.m.

Hurricane Irma is projected to make landfall on Wednesday as a Category 5 hurricane. This has residents and government officials throughout the Caribbean making preparations for a catastrophic storm that could wreak havoc on several nations, including the United States.

To date, Irma has become one of the strongest storms recorded in the Atlantic. Residents in the British Virgin Islands and elsewhere have cleared the shelves at grocery stores and other businesses. Convoy of Hope has pre-positioned supplies in Haiti — where we serve tens of thousands of children — and has teams prepped and ready to respond.

“We are praying with countless others that Irma will veer off course and dissipate in the ocean,” says Hal Donaldson, President of Convoy of Hope. “If it doesn’t, we are ready to respond and bring help and hope to those in need.”

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