ERD provides support for those affected by Hurricane Dean

from Episcopal Relief and Development
Published on 21 Aug 2007
Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) plans to provide emergency assistance to people in Mexico and Belize after Hurricane Dean passes through the Yucatan Peninsula.

Hurricane Dean hit Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula early on Tuesday morning as a powerful Category 5 storm but quickly lost strength as it crossed the peninsula. The hurricane has now been downgraded to a Category 1 storm as of 2pm E.T today.

It struck down power lines and damaged buildings in Mexico and northern Belize, but there are no casualties. It is predicted that Hurricane Dean will re-emerge in the Gulf of Mexico, regain strength and hit central Mexico tomorrow.

Our partners are currently reaching out to impacted communities to assess damage.

ERD will assist people impacted by Hurricane Dean as church partners identify and assess needs locally. Please continue to pray for those affected by both of these disasters.

To help people affected by Hurricane Dean, please 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.

Episcopal Relief and Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church of the United States. An independent 501(c) (3) organization, ERD saves lives and builds hope in communities around the world. ERD's programs work toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals. We provide emergency assistance in times of crisis and rebuild after disasters. We enable people to climb out of poverty by offering long-term solutionsin the areas of food security and health care, including HIV/AIDS and malaria.