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AmeriCares in America: $2.7 Million in U.S. Disaster Relief

  • August 18, 2011

Medicines, Supplies and Crucial Help for Victims of Tornadoes, Wildfires, Floods and Drought

In 2011, America has been hard hit by deadly outbreaks of violent tornadoes, as well as massive flooding along the Mississippi River and wildfires in the South. AmeriCares responded immediately and has delivered over $2.7 million in aid for survivors in 13 states.An additional $500,000 in grants has been earmarked for helping damaged safety net clinics rebuild, along with crucial medicines and supplies to help hard-hit communities recover. Currently, in response to an urgent need for water in drought-ravaged Oklahoma, AmeriCares is sending two truckloads with a total of 64,000 water bottles for distribution to children attending local schools.A Tale of Two Tornadoes2011 is on record as one of the deadliest tornado years in U.S. history, claiming more than 500 lives, leaving tens of thousands homeless, and damaging billions in property. AmeriCares has sent medical and humanitarian aid to eight storm-battered states, helping people in the hardest-hit areas of Joplin MOTuscaloosa and Birmingham, ALSmithville, MS, and Sanford, NC.

A Glimpse of the Devastation in Joplin

Within days of the deadly tornado in Joplin, Mo. that killed more than 150 and destroyed 6,000 homes, AmeriCares delivered medicines and supplies for clinics treating survivors, including those in need of chronic care medications, along with thousands of tetanus vaccines to protect victims from infection from rubble and debris.In Smithville, Miss., where a tornado in late April ripped the roof off a free clinic, AmeriCares funded a temporary structure and delivered medicines and supplies to help the clinic continue to treat patients in desperate need.AmeriCares responds immediately to disasters: tornadoes in the South, hurricanes in the Gulf, floods in the Pacific Northwest, wildfires in the West. Wherever disaster strikes in the U.S. and around the world, we are ready to help save lives and restore health and hope.Read MoreDonate Now