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Map showing path of Hurricane Beryl across the Caribbean
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A map of Hurricane Beryl's path across the Caribbean, leaving destruction behind.

How is ShelterBox responding?

Our focus is delivering aid to people on the islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique in Grenada. Here, most buildings, homes and schools, have been damaged or destroyed.

We’ll be providing tents as well as essential items like mosquito nets, solar lights, and cooking sets.

A response like this can be very challenging. There is limited transport, no connectivity and no power on the islands where we’re working. But we have worked in the Caribbean before and we have a good idea of what we’re facing.

What aid will ShelterBox provide?

Mosquito nets will help families protect themselves from diseases like dengue fever

When there is no power, solar lights make it possible for families to spend time together

Cooking sets will enable people to share a hot meal together, bringing comfort and a sense of routine

Key facts about Hurricane Beryl

How strong was Hurricane Beryl?

Hurricane Beryl rapidly developed from a tropical depression to a hurricane.

It made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane – the strongest level. Winds of 160mph / 260km/h were recorded, destroying homes, uprooting trees, and bringing down power lines.

The storm weakened as it continued across the Caribbean, but still caused widespread destruction with hurricane strength winds.

Where has Hurricane Beryl affected?

Hurricane Beryl has caused widespread damage across the Caribbean.

The storm first made landfall in St Vincents and the Grenadines, and Grenada. It then moved along the southern coast of Jamaica, the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, and on towards Texas.

The damage is extensive with the homes on entire islands damaged or destroyed. Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes and are living in temporary shelters. Carriacou and Petit Martinique, part of Grenada, have been badly affected with the Grenada Prime Minister saying Carriacou island was flattened in half an hour.

There is a huge amount of destruction across a very wide area in the Caribbean. Airstrips and ports are damaged, there is no power in some places, and communication is difficult.

There are a lot of different places where people need help. That means the humanitarian response will span nations and borders.

How many people have been affected?

So far an estimated 200,000 people have been impacted. The entire populations of both Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have been affected.

But with communications disrupted, the number of people impacted is expected to rise. Some of the smaller Caribbean Islands are reporting over 90% of houses being damaged or destroyed.

Why is Hurricane Beryl so unusual?

Typically Category 4 or 5 Hurricanes do not develop in the Atlantic this early in the season. Hurricane Beryl is the earliest Category 5 storm ever recorded. Scientists think that the storm developing this early is due to warming sea temperatures, a result of the climate crisis.

Meteorologists were also surprised by the speed in which the storm intensified from a tropical depression to a Category 5 hurricane.

It had been predicted that 2024 could be the one of the worst years on records for severe hurricanes. The early appearance of Hurricane Beryl suggests these predictions might be right.

This is very worrying for communities that find themselves in the path of these storms – they might not have the time to recover from one disaster before the next hits.

Will ShelterBox be sending aid after Hurricane Beryl?

Yes, ShelterBox is responding in the Caribbean after Hurricane Beryl.

We’re partnering with Rotary to get emergency shelter aid and other essential items to thousands of people uprooted from their homes in Grenada.

We’ll be using emergency shelter aid that we have stored in Panama for our response. We store aid in Panama and other strategic locations around the world, to make sure we’re ready to respond before a disaster happens.

Being prepared for disasters

Hurricanes and other severe weather events happen every year. These become disasters when people are not prepared, and not supported to recover afterwards. 

Some people become trapped in a cycle of disaster, lacking time to recover from one disaster before the next one strikes. With storms becoming more powerful people in the Caribbean could face repeated destruction.

We have emergency shelter aid like tarpaulins, tents, and tools stored in Panama and other strategic locations around the world. Hurricanes happen every year – so before a disaster happens, we make sure we’re ready to respond.

Watch this video learn more about how we prepare for disasters. You can also learn more on our website about the cycle of disaster and how we monitor and prepare for storms and hurricanes.

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