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ERD reaches out to those affected by Hurricane Dean


In the wake of Dean, a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds at about 150 miles per hour, Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) has contacted partners in Jamaica, Belize, Haiti and the Dominican Republic and other parts of the region. The major storm has caused flooding, mudslides, heavy rain, high winds and severe damage, killing at least nine people.

The center of Dean swept south of Jamaica on August 19, cutting power lines, ripping off roofs and flooding streets, according to reports.

The National Hurricane Center has forecast that Dean could become a Category 5 hurricane as it moves toward the Cayman Islands and approaches Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula later on August 20.

ERD will assist people impacted by Hurricane Dean as church partners identify and assess needs locally.

To help people affected by Hurricane Dean, make a donation to ERD’s “Emergency Relief Fund” online at, or call 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5129. Gifts can be mailed to: Episcopal Relief and Development “Emergency Relief Fund” P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.


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