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Hurricane Beryl

Active Emergency
July 2, 2024
Gulf Coast Region

Our Response

Americares is responding to the health needs of hurricane survivors in the United States and the Caribbean after Hurricane Beryl carved a path of destruction from the Windward Islands to Texas in early July.  

More than a dozen deaths have been reported in the Caribbean and the United States as survivors begin to clear storm debris and clean up damage from hurricane-force winds and flooding.  

Hurricane Beryl in Texas 

In Texas, three days after the storm, 1.3 million people were still without power amid a stifling heatwave, threatening the health of survivors—especially the elderly and those who rely on electric-powered medical equipment.

Americares is shipping urgently needed medical supplies to partner clinics directly impacted by the storm. Before Beryl made landfall in Texas as a Category 1 hurricane on July 8, Americares emergency experts reached out to more than 100 partner organizations with offers of assistance.

San José Clinic, a charitable clinic in downtown Houston, sustained damage in the storm and was without power for 36 hours. More than a week after the hurricane some clinic staff, volunteers and patients were still without power in 90-degree weather.

“Americares is providing us with medications to assist our patients and re-stock our inventory, hygiene products to provide to patients who may be displaced or in need, and vaccines to minimize their risk of tetanus in the aftermath of the hurricane,” said Adlia Ebeid, San José Clinic chief clinical officer. “We are always thankful for our partnership with Americares and know that we could not do the work that we do and serve the uninsured patients of the Greater Houston area without their support.”

At the same time, Americares is preparing a shipment containing nearly 1,900 instant cold packs, cots and utility tents for the Salvation Army in Texas.  

Hurricane Beryl in the Caribbean 

In the Caribbean, where the storm at one point reached Category 5 status and sheared roofs off buildings, Americares is focused on restoring health services for children and adults affected by the storm, including those displaced. We are preparing to deliver essential medicines, relief supplies and emergency funding to restore vital health services.  

“The health of survivors is our No.1 concern,” says Americares Director of International Emergency Response Cora Nally. “People have lost everything and will need medicine, medical and relief supplies and support for their mental health.”  

An Americares Emergency Response Team landed in Kingston, Jamaica, within days of the storm to assist the relief efforts.  

Americares Emergency Medical Officer Prabu Selvam assesses the damage at Rocky Point Health Center in Rocky Point, Jamaica, on July 8, 2024. (Photo/Mike Demas)

“The most severe damage in Jamaica is along the southern coast. More than 60 health facilities have sustained damage—some are still without power,” said Americares Director of Complex Emergencies Adam Keehn, who led the response on the ground in Jamaica. “We are getting requests for medicine, hygiene kits, cleaning supplies, tarps, generators and assistance replacing damaged medical equipment.” 

Americares is closely coordinating with Jamaica’s Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, the Jamaica Constabulary Force, health facilities and our longstanding partner organization, Food For The Poor, to assist survivors in the most affected communities.  

Hurricane Beryl reportedly damaged or destroyed 98 percent of buildings on Carriacou, Petite Martinque and Union islands, including health facilities. In St. Vincent and the Grenadines most of the health facilities had resumed operations by July 10, although most sustained damage or were without power and/or electricity, according to Pan American Health Organization. Carriacou’s Princess Royal Hospital sustained damage to more than 75 percent of its roof. A psychiatric hospital in Grenada and a laboratory in St. Vincent and the Grenadines were also reported damaged. Health workers are among the survivors whose homes are severely damaged. 

Over the years Americares has responded to many major hurricanes in the Caribbean including Hurricane Dorian in 2019, Hurricane Maria in 2017 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.  

Americares responds to more than 30 natural disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide each year, establishes long-term recovery projects and brings disaster preparedness programs to communities vulnerable to disasters. Since its founding 45 years ago, Americares has provided $22 billion in aid to 164 countries.