Immediate aid + ongoing assistance = a stronger healthier future
When disaster strikes here at home, our emergency response team mobilizes immediately, reaching out to clinics and health centers in our network of over 600 safety net partners to deliver the right aid to survivors in urgent need. But we don’t stop there: we follow up with field visits and ongoing recovery assistance for communities in crisis.
- In 2014, we are responding to devastating tornadoes and storms that struck Oklahoma, Arkansas and other Midwestern and Southern states. We have sent aid to help survivors of the devastating Washington landslide, provided recovery support for tornado survivors in Illinois, while we continue to expand our preparation for tornadoes and hurricanes before they strike.
- In 2013, we responded to the devastating May tornadoes that shattered parts of Oklahoma City and its suburbs, fall tornadoes in Illinois, we continued our large-scale Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, and helped victims of wildfires in Arizona, and flooding in Colorado and other disasters.
- In 2012, we responded to Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Isaac, wildfires in Colorado, midsummer storms in West Virginia, Tropical Storm Debby, tornadoes in Kentucky and Oklahoma
- In 2011, a year of record-setting tornado outbreaks, devastating floods, wildfires, and storms, AmeriCares delivered nearly $3 million in emergency aid for disaster survivors, along with more than $600,000 in disaster recovery grants to help more than 62,000 people recover and prepare for future emergencies.
From Hurricane Sandy, to Hurricane Katrina, to the Joplin tornado, to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, AmeriCares has been on the scene, delivering crucial help, reduce human suffering, and help communities recover.
The first 48 hours of an emergency are the most critical. We strategically pre-position emergency relief supplies at partner clinics in disaster-prone areas across the U.S. so we are ready to respond at a moment’s notice with shipments of emergency aid to fill urgent healthcare gaps, including:
- Chronic care medicines for survivors suffering from diabetes, heart disease and asthma
- Tetanus vaccines
- First aid medicines and supplies
- Family emergency kits and clean-up kits: for the displaced including personal care items and cleaning supplies
- Bottled water for first responders and survivors without access to safe drinking water.
In 2011, AmeriCares launched its U.S. disaster recovery grants program to help more than 62,000 people in communities shattered by disaster move forward and build a healthier future.
Looking ahead, we aim to provide ongoing recovery assistance for disaster survivors, when needed, in three areas:
- Restoring health care services
- Providing mental health support
- Enhancing disaster preparedness
More information on our U.S. emergency response and recovery:
Hurricane season has begun amid forecasts of above average storm activity for 2014. AmeriCares is ready in advance long before a hurricane strikes – so that crucial medicines and relief supplies are in the hands of response partners and survivors as quickly as possible
Stamford, Conn. – May 23, 2014 – AmeriCares is helping a Mississippi health care center leveled by the April 28 tornado remain open, ensuring access to care for the 3,200 low-income patients who rely on its services.
One year after the Moore, Oklahoma tornado, AmeriCares has provided nearly $3.7 million in aid to help meet the immediate and long term health needs of survivors.
In the weeks since an outbreak of powerful tornadoes and severe weather devastated the Midwest and South, AmeriCares has provided more than $333,124 in aid which includes more than $318,024 in medicines, water and relief supplies to support partners in Arkansas, Florida and Kansas and $15,100 to restore access to health services in Arkansas and Mississippi. More aid is underway.
Stamford, Conn. – May 1, 2014 – AmeriCares is rushing an emergency shipment of medical aid to an Arkansas clinic treating tornado survivors.
Stamford, Conn. – April 30, 2014 – AmeriCares and Nestlé Waters North America are delivering two truckloads of bottled water for tornado survivors in Arkansas.
Stamford, Conn. – April 28, 2014 – AmeriCares is deploying an emergency response team to Arkansas to coordinate deliveries of medical aid and relief supplies for survivors of the deadly tornadoes that struck the South and Midwest last night.
Stamford, Conn. – March 17, 2014 – AmeriCares is outfitting the Women’s and Children’s Pavilion at the HealthPlex hospital in Norman, Okla., with new medical equipment to help meet the increase in demand for maternity care since the May tornadoes destroyed a neighboring hospital.
AmeriCares disaster relief team is on the ground in flood-struck communities in Colorado mobilizing a response. New shipments are now underway, including water, emergency kits and relief supplies to meet the urgent needs of ill, injured and displaced survivors
Stamford, Conn. – Sept. 20, 2013 – AmeriCares is delivering relief supplies to assist families affected by the record flooding in Colorado.
AmeriCares disaster relief team is on the ground in flood-struck communities in Colorado mobilizing a response. New shipments are now underway, including water, emergency kits and relief supplies to meet the urgent needs of ill, injured and displaced survivors.
Stamford, Conn. – Sept. 17, 2013 – AmeriCares has deployed an emergency response expert to Colorado to assess needs and coordinate deliveries of medicines and relief supplies for flood survivors.
As rescue efforts continue for survivors in flood-ravaged Colorado, AmeriCares emergency response staff has deployed to the hardest hit areas, to assess immediate needs and connect with partner organizations helping communities affected by the devastation.
AmeriCares shipped a truckload of bottled water to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in Phoenix, Arizona through a partnership with Nestle Waters North America and Feeding America in response to the wildfires in Yarnell, Arizona that claimed lives and destroyed homes. The water from the shipment is being provided to disaster survivors, emergency responders, and volunteers.
Stamford, Conn. – June 17, 2013 – AmeriCares and Portlight Strategies, Inc. are partnering to help disabled Oklahoma residents affected by the recent tornadoes. AmeriCares has awarded a $25,000 grant to the Charleston, S.C.-based nonprofit organization to replace wheelchairs, scooters, ramps and other equipment lost or damaged in the recent storms.
Amber Kriesel knew she had to act fast. Sixteen minutes after the emergency sirens sounded in Moore, Okahoma, a monstrous tornado touched down.
Stamford, Conn. – May 22, 2013 – Medical aid and relief supplies from AmeriCares are arriving in Oklahoma to help survivors of the powerful tornado that tore through the suburbs of Oklahoma City on Monday, killing and injuring dozens and flattening homes and businesses in its 17-mile path.