Haiti Relief in Preparation for Hurricane Matthew

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- The citizens of Haiti continue to prepare for the deadly potential of Hurricane Matthew, just six years after the country was devastated by a 7 magnitude earthquake.

That’s the sound of wind, blowing at 145 miles per hour, as Hurricane Matthew inches closer to the Caribbean nation, where it’s said that more than 2,000 people in one coastal town refuse to evacuate.

“There’s gonna be a lot of rain, and so there will likely be–if it’s what they say, eight to maybe 40 inches–that could be an extreme flooding incident.”

Chris DeVaney, is with the Children’s Nutrition Program of Haiti (CNP), a Chattanooga based non-profit organization that focuses on fighting childhood malnutrition while working with women and families to build stronger, healthier communities. And as of now, DeVaney says they have 70 people living and working in the southwest section of the country.

“We have a lot of employees that are up in the mountains, and so they’re just preparing themselves and their families, but then they’re going to be ready in case that their needed to help people, to help rescue people, to help take people to the hospital. We just don’t know, but we’re going to be prepared for whatever situation arises.”

CNP was founded in 1998, and is no stranger to catastrophic events. In fact, the organization was there to help after a 7 magnitude earth quake struck in 2010, killing more than 200,000 people.

“We have a history of working in relief, even though we’re a development organization, and working with women and children and families, but we’re going to be there. We have the operation, we have the man power, the woman power, and we’re going to be ready for whatever arises.”

For more information on how to get involved with CNP, click here.

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