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Stamford, CT, September 15 2004 – As Hurricane Ivan continues on its destructive path, AmeriCares relief efforts are underway. An emergency response team is in Jamaica and shipments of relief supplies are ready to be deployed to help others in additional afflicted areas.
Hurricane Ivan ravaged Jamaica over the weekend. According to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA), approximately 90% of the roads on the island nation were blocked as a result of major mudslides and at least 15 were confirmed dead. An AmeriCares response team is in Kingston to prepare for a relief shipment including rehydration solutions, antibiotics, nutritional supplements, vitamins, IV solutions and basic first aid supplies that will be deployed later this week.
AmeriCares is also preparing its response to Grenada, where 90% of the island’s infrastructure was totally destroyed. The agency is maintaining contact with CDERA and will deploy a response once the island’s immediate medical assistance needs are determined.
To support AmeriCares efforts for hurricane relief, log onto www.americares.org or call AmeriCares directly at 1-800-486-HELP (4357).