Stamford, Conn. – February 20, 2016 – AmeriCares has relief workers on stand-by ready to assist the recovery from Cyclone Winston in Fiji. The storm, the most powerful storm ever to hit Fiji, made landfall on the archipelago nation’s most populous island Saturday evening local time, knocking out electricity and damaging homes. The government has declared a state of natural disaster for 30 days in the nation home to about 900,000 people.
“We still don’t know the full extent of the damage,” said AmeriCares Vice President of Emergency Response Garrett Ingoglia. “AmeriCares is prepared to deploy relief workers and provide medicines and relief supplies if international assistance is needed.”
AmeriCares stocks emergency medicines and relief supplies in its warehouses in the U.S., Europe and India that can be delivered quickly in times of crisis. The global health and emergency response organization has been aiding survivors of natural disasters, political conflict and extreme poverty around the world for more than 30 years, saving lives and restoring health and hope. AmeriCares also brings disaster preparedness programs to vulnerable communities and launches long-term recovery programs after major emergencies that restore health services and strengthen health systems.
AmeriCares supports health care in Fiji by providing medicine and medical supplies to U.S.-based medical personnel traveling there to provide primary care and surgeries for patients in desperate need.