U.S. Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi

Deadly Storms Strike Five States

  • May 04, 2017
  • Emergency Programs, Newsroom

Responding to Disaster

Americares is responding to a string of deadly storms that tore through Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi, spawning tornadoes and floods and leaving a trail of devastation. The storms killed at least 18 people across five states, and left dozens more injured. 

Within hours of the storm, 10 pallets of pre-positioned water with The Salvation Army were delivered to the Canton distribution center in Van Zandt County, Texas, supporting survivors and relief workers.  To date, Americares continues to provide more aid, including Tdap vaccine for the local health department in Franklin Country, Missouri, along with first aid kits and truckloads of bottled water to local partners in the impacted area.

Americares has professional relief workers ready to respond to disasters at a moment’s notice and stocks emergency medicine and supplies in its warehouses in the U.S., Europe and India that can be delivered quickly in times of crisis. The organization has a long history of responding to emergencies in the U.S., including Hurricane Katrina, the Joplin tornado, Hurricane Sandy and the 2013 Oklahoma tornadoes. A network of over 1,000 safety net partners across the country are an important part of that response capability.

The organization responds to an average of 30 natural disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide each year, establishes long-term recovery projects and brings disaster preparedness programs to vulnerable communities.