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AmeriCares emergency response experts have arrived in Mexico to assist with the recovery efforts for Hurricane Patricia. The storm made landfall in the evening of October 23 local time with 165 MPH winds and torrential rain. Though Hurricane Patricia has been downgraded from a Category 5 hurricane to a tropical storm, severe flooding and landslides remain a concern.
“Initial reports indicate the storm’s impact was not as catastrophic as feared, but we still don’t know the full extent of the damage,” said AmeriCares Vice President of Emergency Response Garrett Ingoglia. “Our relief workers will be assessing needs and are ready to help families affected by this powerful storm.”
AmeriCares dispatched a response team from its Connecticut headquarters the morning of October 24. The emergency response and global health organization is also working with a local organization to distribute pre-positioned hygiene products such as soap, toothpaste and diapers to displaced families.
AmeriCares has professional relief workers ready to respond disasters at a moment’s notice and stocks emergency medicines and supplies in its warehouses in the U.S., Europe and India that can be delivered quickly in times of crisis. The global health and emergency response organization has been aiding survivors of natural disasters, political conflict and extreme poverty around the world for more than 30 years, saving lives and restoring health and hope. In Mexico, we have swiftly responded to natural disasters, such as Hurricane Ida and the 2007 extreme flooding of the Tabasco region, as well as disease epidemics.
Historic Hurricane Patricia Bears Down on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, on October 23, 2015 Photo courtesy: NASA / NOAA via NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
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