When terrorists struck our nation on September 11, 2001, AmeriCares immediately rounded up volunteer doctors and nurses from hospitals and clinics in Connecticut. We headed out to Ground Zero that very morning, taking medicines and supplies from our warehouse and as many medical personnel as we could load onto seven military helicopters.
Tragically, what we found was less of a medical emergency and more similar to the disasters we respond to in the aftermath of an earthquake. We used our disaster relief experience to help mobilize resources for search and recovery, and to meet the needs of the workers struggling in the midst of the destruction. In all AmeriCares provided more than $10 million in aid to those efforts.