Oklahoma, United States
On May 20, 2013, a monstrous EF-5 tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24, destroying more than 12,000 homes, and shattering thousands of lives. AmeriCares mobilized an immediate response, and has provided nearly $3.7 million in tornado aid to communities in Central Oklahoma, including $323,000 in funding to help restore and enhance health services.
AmeriCares arrived in the disaster zone within 24 hours, coordinating deliveries of medicines, vaccines, and relief supplies to help the sick and injured in Moore, Shawnee, El Reno, and other tornado-devastated communities. In all 50 shipments totaling $3.3 million in emergency aid was delivered to 20 partners, including 30,000 course treatments of medicine, 115,000 doses of tetanus vaccine, medical field tents, and 260,000 units of non-medical relief items including water, diapers and emergency cleanup kits.
Our work to restore and enhance health services continues today, with new funding to the Women’s and Children’s Pavilion at the HealthPlex hospital in Norman, OK, for medical equipment to help meet the increase in demand for maternity and pediatric care since the tornadoes destroyed Moore Medical Center.
Norman Regional HealthPlex nurse Blakeley Hamit checks 1-day-old Avery Herron’s vital signs in an infant warmer purchased with funding from AmeriCares. Photo courtesy of Norman Regional Health System Media Services. Photo courtesy of Norman Regional Health System Media Services.
“As part of longer term recovery efforts, our latest project support ensures that the hospital will have new medical equipment to help meet the increase in demand for maternity and pediatric care,” said Garrett Ingoglia, AmeriCares Vice-President of Emergency Response.