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Our emergency team preparing an airlift of medicine and supplies for departure.

Americares works with its extensive network of safety net clinic partners to restore health services after a disaster.

A Destructive Path

Americares had emergency response teams in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes ever recorded. The storm battered the Caribbean and southern Florida with destructive force, killing at least 69 people, destroying homes and businesses and leaving millions without power. In the midst of significant logistical challenges, Americares emergency teams in the Caribbean and Central and South Florida coordinated shipments of critical medicine and supplies for survivors while meeting with response and health partners to assess needs and restore health services.

Response and Recovery

In Florida, Americares is working to restore health services in storm-damaged communities across the state. Americares delivered medicine and supplies to replace any damaged by floodwaters and to meet an increased demand as people returned to their homes. Clinics in the Florida Keys, Homestead, Miami, Melbourne, Oakland Park and Orlando have received aid; Americares is also assisting a shelter for homeless youth in Fort Lauderdale. We have delivered nearly $21 million in medicine, supplies and other support, along with emergency funding to help health care facilities replace damaged medicine and supplies and execute rapid repairs not covered by insurance.

Before Hurricane Irma made landfall, Americares pre-positioned medicine in central Florida, contacted 80 partner health centers to offer help, and positioned a team in Orlando that could quickly travel to the most heavily impacted areas once the storm had passed. An Americares Emergency Response Team worked in the Florida Keys, assessing the status of partner health centers and hospitals and providing assistance.

In the Caribbean, our emergency response teams coordinated shipments of critical medicine and supplies to local health organizations in islands that have been devastated by the storms. Americares emergency shipments have reached hospitals in St. Thomas and St. Martin, two hard-hit islands. In the U.S. Virgin Islands Americares team has completed an assessment of health needs as aid deliveries continue. Our team has been working with hospitals, clinics, skilled nursing facilities and shelters to meet emergency needs for medicine and medical supplies.

$21 million

in total aid

129

shipments of medicine and supplies

42

partner organizations receiving assistance

Our Partners for Irma Response in Florida & U.S. Virgin Islands

Our U.S. Programs partner with an extensive safety net clinic network in all 50 states and Puerto Rico that allows us to build a rapid response to a disaster and build long-term programs in support of health system restoration.  In addition, we reach out to and identify new partners during a disaster to meet immediate community needs and establish sustainable relationships for strengthening health services. All of our partners listed below receive emergency medicines and supplies. Partners listed with ** are also receiving program and project support ranging from targeted health initiatives to operational assistance. 

Feeding America Fort Pierce
  Pembroke Park
Catholic Charities - Crossroads Alliance Ocala
Archways, Inc. Fort Lauderdale
Broward Community & Family Health Centers Pompano Beach
Camillus Health Center Miami
Community Health of South Florida, Inc.  Homestead
**Covenant House Fort Lauderdale
FIU College of Medicine Mobile Health Center Doral
Flagler County Free Clinic Bunnell
Good Health Clinic, Inc. Taverner
Good News Care Center Florida City
  Homestead
Good Samaritan Pharmacy & Health Services, Inc. Nokomis
**Grace Medical Home Orlando
Guidance/Care Center, Inc. Marathon
Haley Center Winter Haven
Key West Health and Rehab, Inc. Key West
Lakeland Volunteer in Medicine Lakeland
Lake and Sumter Emergency Recovery, Inc.  Umatilla
**Light of the World clinic, Inc. Oakland Park
Lower Keys Medical Center Key West
Neighborhood Health Clinic Naples
North Broward Hospital District D/B/A Broward Heal Fort Lauderdale
**Open Door Health Center Homestead
Redlands Christian Migrant Association Immokalee
Rural Health Network of Monroe County Key West
The Salvation Army Ft Myers
**Samaritans Touch Care Center Sebring
North Broward Hospital District Fort Lauderdale
Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine Viera
Sulzbacher Health Center Jacksonville
University of Miami Miami 
Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic Port Charlotte
**Volusia Volunteers in Medicine Daytona Beach
The Way Free Medical Clinic, Inc. Green Cove Springs
**Womankind Key West
Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans New Orleans
**Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands  Frederiksted, U.S. Virgin Islands  (St. Croix)
Department of Human Services Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands 
Department of Health Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands 
Schneider Regional Medical Center Charlotte Amalie, U.S. VI (St. Thomas)

Always Ready

Americares has professional relief workers ready to respond to disasters rapidly and stocks emergency medicine and supplies in its warehouses in the U.S., Europe and India that can be delivered quickly in times of crisis. We respond to an average of 30 natural disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide each year and establish long-term recovery projects.

Should Americares raise funds in excess of what's needed to respond to this particular crisis, the funds will be redirected to where the need is greatest.