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Stamford, CT, August 14 2004 – An AmeriCares emergency response team member is en route to Florida’s most devastated regions on the west coast to prepare for shipments of relief supplies for the thousands left homeless and without power due to Hurricane Charley’s deadly wrath.
As a result of an early needs assessment AmeriCares is preparing to ship an array of disaster relief supplies consisting of critically needed water, cleaning supplies, paper and plastic bags, gloves and other crisis related material. In the coming days as additional needs arise, AmeriCares is prepared to respond.
The hurricane made landfall at Sanibel Island Friday, moving across Fort Myers before cutting a path across the heavily populated western mid-section of the state where as many as 6.5 million people took the brunt of Charley’s fury. Officials estimate the storm caused nearly $15 billion worth of damage.
In 1992 AmeriCares responded to Hurricane Andrew, the costliest hurricane to hit the United States, causing roughly $25 billion in damage. The storm leveled Homestead and wreaked havoc throughout the Miami area.
“Hurricane Charley has caused massive damage to huge parts of Florida and even worse has left in its wake death and disrupted millions of lives,” said Christoph Gorder, Vice President of Emergency Response for AmeriCares. “We are asking people to do what they can to support our immediate relief mission for those who are devastated and need us right now more than ever.”
To support AmeriCares’ mission for the people devastated by Hurricane Charley, a donation can be made by clicking on AmeriCares’ web site at www.americares.org or call 1-800-486-HELP.