U.S. Disasters

STATUS
Active Emergency
DATE
January 2005 -Present
REGION
United States and Territories
Credit:Photo by Dru Nadler

When Disaster Strikes Here at Home.

Our emergency response team mobilizes immediately, reaching out to free clinics and health centers in our network of over 800 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. 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, reducing human suffering, and helping communities recover.

 

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2016: we responded to flooding in TX and WV with family emergency kits, tetanus vaccine, insulin and bottled water to local partners as well as providing bottled water in the Flint Water Crisis.
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2015: we rushed medical and humanitarian aid to local partners in OK, TX and IL after days of tornadoes and record rainfall as well as record floods in SC
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2014: we responded to devastating tornadoes and storms that struck OK, AR and other Midwestern and Southern states along with the landslide in WA
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2013: we responded to tornadoes that shattered parts of OK City and suburbs, tornadoes in Illinois, wildfires in Arizona, and flooding in Colorado.

"Americares has been a blessing to us. Kate has worked tirelessly to assist us in getting vaccines and everything we need to provide medical assistance to victims, responders, and volunteers. Kudos to Kate and the Americares staff! Also—providers on-call don’t have anything on Americares because they are always available when needed!”

DEBBIE HALLER, COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC OF OKLAHOMA

Responding to the Need

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.

How Hurricane Katrina inspired a career.

The response to a huge disaster helped Americares to build a strong network of health partners throughout the country.

Road to Recovery

We provide ongoing recovery assistance for disaster survivors, when needed, in three areas:

  • Restoring health care services
  • Providing mental health support
  • Enhancing disaster preparedness

The strength of our partners at the community level allows us to respond quickly with targeted aid where it is most needed.