On August 25, 2017, Americares emergency response team arrived in Texas just hours ahead of Hurricane Harvey. The Category 4 storm came ashore in Rockport, Texas, with 130 mph winds smashing everything in its path. After being downgraded to a tropical storm, Harvey continued to produce torrential rains, resulting in catastrophic flooding, particularly in the Houston area, with record rainfall of more than 50 inches in some communities. More days of unprecedented rains created a historic disaster, driving tens of thousands of people from their homes and leaving an epic path of death and destruction. Americares set three goals for our response to Hurricane Harvey, and our team continues to focus our work around them:
- restore health services for the most vulnerable survivors;
- expand health services, especially for stress and trauma;
- and prepare health facilities for future disasters.