In the weeks since an outbreak of powerful tornadoes and severe weather devastated the Midwest and South, AmeriCares has provided more than $330,000 in aid to help survivors in 4 states.
More than $318,000 in medicines, water and relief supplies has been provided to support partners in Arkansas, Florida and Kansas and $15,100 in funding has been committed to restore access to health services in Arkansas and Mississippi.
In Louisville, Mississippi, where tornadoes destroyed a community health clinic on April 28, AmeriCares is providing funding to ensure that the 3,200 low-income residents who rely on the clinic will have access to health care for at least the next six months. Staff from the Greater Meridian Health Clinic will set up in a space nearby while they rebuild; AmeriCares is funding the temporary facility.
“Without AmeriCares help many of our patients would be forced to go untreated,” explained clinic CEO Wilbert Jones.
The clinic support is the most recent aid in our ongoing response to the deadly April tornadoes, which also includes donations of critical medicines such as tetanus vaccine and chronic disease medicines to health facilities in Arkansas and Florida.
Our team was on the ground in Little Rock, Arkansas in less than 24 hours, after tornadoes devastated the city’s suburbs on April 27, meeting with local clinics and community organizations to assess needs and facilitate aid deliveries. From May 1-3, the team traveled to the tornado-damaged community of Louisville to connect with partners on urgent needs and mobilize deliveries.
“We delivered urgently needed relief supplies within the first 72 hours and more aid is on the way,” said Garrett Ingoglia, AmeriCares vice president of emergency response. “Our team worked directly with health care providers and community organizations to meet the immediate needs of the injured and displaced.”
The aid deliveries include:
What began as a deadly multi-day tornado outbreak across the Midwest and South expanded into a severe flooding event along the East Coast. From April 27-May 1, the powerful storm system caused heavy rains and floods, hail, high-speed winds and spawned 117 tornadoes – the deadliest outbreak of the year -- including two EF-4 and eleven EF-3 tornadoes. The system brought massive devastation from Iowa to Arkansas, the Gulf Coast, Florida and the East Coast.
“The damage is staggering, and we will continue to identify and meet needs in the affected communities,” Ingoglia said.