Raising awareness for Haitians adversely effected by Hurricane Matthew

by dcarroll on October 7, 2016 - 8:50pm

There is not debate as to whether or not we are experiencing dramatic changes in climate around the world. Some places experience the adverse effects of climate change more than others, and unfortunately for the people of Haiti, they are dealing with a dramatic climatic event for the second time in a decade. The news article written by Stephen Smith for CBC news titled Haitian Montrealers plead for Red Cross donations to help Hurricane Matthew’s victims discusses organizational commitment and pledges to the Red Cross for donations to support Haitians who have been devastated by Hurricane Matthew. The stage 4 hurricane has displaced over 60’000 Haitians, and has led to over 800 fatalities and rising. The article goes on to discuss pledges made by Montreal and Quebec, totalling $560 thousand dollars in support of areas of Haiti whom have been directly impacted the most, in order to relieve them of their current situation. This article intends to raise awareness for those in need of assistance, as they suffer through another terrible natural disaster, in hope of raising more money.

            My initial reaction this article was complete and utter sympathy for those who have suffered through this tragic event, but also left my feeling helpless as there is very little that one individual can do to remedy the situation. After continuing to read the article, it made me happy that there are governments and other organizations out there that are donating and trying their best to help those in need, even though this natural disaster is not directly effecting them. Having said that, addressing these tragedies after they occur is not the answer, in my opinion. I believe that Haiti has such a tough time dealing with these disasters because of their poor infrastructure, which is inevitable based on their economy and the way that most people live in their region. Due to their poor housing conditions, healthcare, infrastructure, etc. disasters such as Hurricane Matthew are exacerbated. I believe the support for Haiti, and many other third-world countries around the world, should come before any events such as this one occur, in order to rebuild their infrastructure so the impacts are not as great next time around. Unfortunately, this is not realistic for many countries, as western societies rely on underdeveloped countries for low-cost labour for production. Large companies around the world take advantage of those in need, and get them to work for much less than people in developed countries, which is the root of the problem.

            Conclusively, I think it is fantastic that CBC news is creating awareness in order to aid those in need, but I do not believe this is enough. We have the ability to aid countries before they have to experience adverse effects of natural disasters, but we do not do anything about it. This is a tragic event and I hope the fatalities do not continue to rise, as we can create awareness so others can evacuate and avoid Hurricane Matthew.


Hi there,
Great post, and I agree very strongly with your opinion on the matter. It is great how there are some aids being sent to Haiti in their time of need, and I hope that this country will soon recover from this disaster. It is so wonderful that CBC created this awareness, because the reality is that without CBC no one would even know that had happened in Haiti. It seems that people are too absorbed in their own little worlds to ever know about anything happening around the world. There is a saying that goes along the lines of "it's not in my backyard" and until the disaster truly does strike in their own backyard, people will not be stirred into action. This is why the media is so important as it spreads awareness of issues and disasters around the world. But just like we learned in class, the issues in the media move all-too quickly from the alarmed discovery stage to the post-problem stage. The next step forward is for sure to try and support countries before any disasters strike, and I think a good way of doing so is to bring these issues back from the post-problem stage and into the light again. Because for Haiti, the problem has definitely not been resolved.


ANNCR Hello this is Dean Shepard, from SUNY College at Brockport. Tonight we will be discussing natural disasters. The most recent natural disaster to strike the United States of America was a hurricane. Hurricane Matthew was a very substantial storm system that had a long path of destruction as it traveled from Haiti, up to the Carolinas. You might be wondering how bad could a hurricane really could be.

According to the textbook “Natural Hazards: Earth’s Processes as Hazards, Disasters, and Catastrophes” by Keller and DeVecchio, for an event to qualify as a disaster, it must have occurred naturally and fit one of the four criteria. These four include; at least 10 people killed, at least 100 people effected, state of emergency declared, or international assistance required. Remember at least only one of these four must occur to be classified as a natural disaster.

Davis Carrol is a biology student at Guelph University, through his extensive research about Hurricane Matthew, he has learned the seriousness of this event. Carrol reports the stage four hurricane displaced over 60-thousand Haitians. He discusses that pledges from Montreal and Quebec, donated 560-thousand dollars to support areas of Haiti that were affected most.

Between October 2 and October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc on Haiti. Initially it was very large waves, so fishermen and citizens were supposed to be evacuated. As the storm progressed onto land there was severe raining, flooding, and winds. These winds reached 145 miles-per-hour. Joseph Guyler Delva of Reuters, published an article called “Hurricane Matthew Death Toll Tops 1,000 in Haiti”, discussed the damages to storm caused to Haiti. All infrastructure has been flattened and destroyed. The article also explains that over one billion dollars in damage has been done, with over one-thousand dead. This has lead to mass graves due to the bodies decomposing.

From October 6 through October 7, 2016, Hurricane Matthew moved onto to United States. More specifically it targeted Florida and Georgia. Once Hurricane Matthew made landfall it was still strong enough to force the governor of Florida to declare a State of Emergency. Between Florida and Georgia 15 deaths were reported.

Hurricane Matthew made one last destructive stop before dying out in the ocean. This last stop occurred in North and South Carolina, from October 7 through October 9, 2016. Elisha Fieldstadt reported a story on NBC News. The title was “Hurricane Matthew Death Toll Rises, N.C. Gov. Warns: Stay Away From the Water” and discussed how the storm has affected the Carolinas. Fieldstadt stated that there has been 30 deaths in the two states due people driving or walking in the flood water and getting swept away.

It’s amazing the difference in death toll from one country to another country. Unfortunately third-world countries such as Haiti start with poor to no infrastructure. This leaves the citizens unprotected from the elements and left to fend for themselves and their families. On the other hand, it’s a very satisfying feeling to see other countries coming to the aid of a country that is ripped apart. This sense of need to help others is what proves mankind is great.

Thanks for listening, and if you are thinking about donating to help the less fortunate that are still trying to rebuild their homes visit w-w-w-dot-u-n-i-c-e-f-u-s-a-dot-o-r-g-slash-hurricane-slash-relief-slash- haiti