When Hurricane Katrina struck, inundating the city of New Orleans and leaving so much of the Gulf Coast in ruins, AmeriCares responded -- and stayed. The monstrous storm surges unleashed by Katrina breached levees and left more than 1 million people homeless. Hundreds of health clinics, pharmacies and doctor’s offices were destroyed. Within days of the disaster, our relief workers and aid shipments arrived.
Within a month, we sent $4 million in medicines and supplies to clinics serving the poor, sick and suffering. When the floodwaters receded, we continued to help, delivering a total of $24 million in medical aid and grants to the region over 7 years, including a large scale response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
With the support of donors and partners, AmeriCares delivered $11 million in medicines, medical supplies and other disaster relief within the first year after the hurricane.
August 29, 2005: Hurricane Katrina strikes the Gulf Coast on the Louisiana/Mississippi border; AmeriCares staff members are dispatched with 24 hours.
September 3, 2005: The first shipments of urgently-needed medical aid arrive in the disaster zone.
September 12, 2005: The AmeriCares Free Clinics mobile medical unit arrives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
October 2005: AmeriCares awards the St. Thomas Clinic in New Orleans with a grant to help them continue to provide care to those in need.
November 2005: St. Bernard Parish in New Orleans receives eight temporary shelter structures
As the recovery phase began, we supported local partners and key health initiatives:
April 2006: AmeriCares supported 57 local grassroots organizations with $1.3 million in grants to rebuild and restore services.
July 2006: Coastal Family Health Center opens a new mobile medical clinic made possible with AmeriCares support.
August 2006: In Louisiana, AmeriCares awards 34 mental and primary health care grants totaling $3.1 million.
In the months and years following Hurricane Katrina, wherever we could make a difference – from child immunization to dental care to mental health support – we have helped fill gaps to help people in crisis get the health care they need.
Since Katrina, we have vastly expanded our support for a network of safety net health clinics serving the poor and uninsured. In 2010, our support for safety net clinics provided critical health care access for many people struggling with the economic impact of the Gulf Oil Spill. Every day, we work nationwide to ensure these clinics have the medicines, supplies and equipment they need to help more people live longer, healthier lives.
Hurricane Katrina Grants:
5 Year Total: $12,392,429
AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy relief and recovery teams have been working nonstop with clinics, shelters, and partners to deliver aid and emergency grants to ease the suffering of families in need throughout the tri-state area.
Stamford, Conn. – May 2, 2013 – Twenty Sandy-damaged homes in Connecticut and New York are slated to get much-needed repairs from AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Program.
Stamford, Conn. – April 29, 2013 – AmeriCares delivered $4.5 million in grants and donated relief supplies to help more than 400,000 storm victims recover from Hurricane Sandy, according to a new report from the global health and disaster relief organization. The six-month report, published today on americares.org, details the progress of AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Program in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
AmeriCares is providing grant funding for modular ramps to help disabled New Jersey residents return to Sandy-damaged homes.
Counseling for storm victims is a key component of AmeriCares Sandy relief program. Six months after the hurricane, we have awarded more than $600,000 in funding to meet the mental health needs of New York and New Jersey residents.
Stamford, Conn. – April 24, 2013 – AmeriCares and the YMCA of Greater New York have launched a counseling program for children at risk of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health problems as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
Stamford, Conn. – April 11, 2013 – Unilever employees from the company’s Trumbull Research and Development Center recently assembled family emergency kits for U.S. disaster survivors at AmeriCares Stamford, Conn., headquarters. The kits will be pre-positioned in the aid organization’s warehouse for distribution to U.S. families displaced by tornadoes, hurricanes and other severe storms.
Stamford, Conn. – April 2, 2013 – AmeriCares is funding modular ramps to help disabled New Jersey residents return to Sandy-damaged homes. Portlight Strategies, Inc. of Charleston, S.C., a nonprofit organization assisting the disabled, has been awarded a $37,000 grant to remove damaged wheelchair ramps outside Sandy victims’ homes and replace them with temporary aluminum ramps.