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Stamford, Conn. – April 18, 2012 – AmeriCares and Nestle Waters North America are delivering a truckload of bottled water for survivors of the deadly tornadoes that touched down in the Midwest over the weekend, killing six people and injuring at least 29 more. A delivery of 32,000 bottles is headed to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City for distribution to families in Woodward, Okla. The town of 12,000 was the most severely affected. Six people died in Woodward, including three children, according to news reports. AmeriCares has also been in contact with partner health clinics in Oklahoma, Kansas and Iowa with offers of medical aid and relief supplies.
This is AmeriCares second relief effort for U.S. tornado survivors in recent weeks. In March, the aid organization delivered first aid supplies, nutritional supplements, 128,000 bottles of water and other emergency aid to tornado survivors in Kentucky.
AmeriCares has been providing medical relief and humanitarian assistance to millions affected by natural disasters and man-made crises around the world for 30 years. In 2011, in response to one of the worst tornado seasons in decades, AmeriCares delivered nearly $3 million in aid for U.S. disaster survivors, including more than 1 million bottles of water donated by Nestle Waters. AmeriCares also awarded $600,000 in disaster recovery grants to help more than 62,000 people recover and prepare for future emergencies.