How WFP Responds to Emergencies Like Hurricane Irma

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WFP food distribution in Les Cayes, Haiti.
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As Hurricane Irma battles its way across Haiti with winds of 180 miles per hour — the most powerful Atlantic storm in recorded history — the World Food Programme (WFP) is ready to mobilize and provide support to the Haitian people.

As the world’s first responder, WFP uses early warning systems to gauge potential disasters and then works to pre-position and deploy critical food and humanitarian supplies.

A WFP truck with boxes of supplies
WFP loads planes with High-Energy Biscuits and other supplies at a humanitarian response depot in Dubai, set to deploy for Haiti.

Already, the agency has placed stocks of food in strategic locations around northern Haiti — enough to feed up to 150,000 people for a month. It also has a 23-truck fleet, emergency teams on standby and over 141,000 pounds of High-Energy Biscuits and other supplies deployed from a depot in Dubai.


In the hours after a disaster like Irma hits, WFP’s teams assess the damage and work with the government to provide food to the most vulnerable. The agency also uses its logistics and telecommunications expertise to serve the entire humanitarian community in coordinating operations and moving supplies.

Stay tuned for updates on how WFP is responding to Hurricane Irma.

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