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Forty Years of Responding to Disasters

Natural disasters, poverty, disease, and civil war impact millions around the world. In an emergency, Americares provides quality medical aid, disaster relief and recovery.

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Ready

In vulnerable regions, we pre-position emergency medical supplies, help communities reduce risk and prepare for disaster while training health care providers. 
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Respond

In the first hours, our emergency team sets in motion a disaster relief operation uniquely suited for the crisis and conditions on the ground. 
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Recover

We stay in country for months and years, rebuilding hospitals and clinics and addressing targeted health needs of the community and restoring health care access. 
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A Year of Emergencies

In FY 2020, Americares initiated total responses (26 new) to natural disasters, man-made crises and disease outbreaks reaching 29 countries, including 12 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. The past year and more have highlighted the increasing frequency and severity of overlapping crises – driven by climate threats and the COVID-19 pandemic. This trend has had a devastating impact on health, particularly among vulnerable groups, as communities have struggled to rebuild from concurrent and consecutive events.

We have responded to a season of record-breaking hurricane and wildfires. The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season set a record with 30 named storms, including six major hurricanes reaching Category 3 status or higher — 12 of the 17 hurricanes made landfall in the continental USA. In addition, the U.S. experienced a record number of wildfires; more than 50,000 wildfires burned 8.8 million acres, consuming more than 2 million acres beyond the 10-year average and nearly double the wildfires in 2019. Our responses have also included support for other natural disasters, man-made disasters and an Ebola Virus Disease outbreak.  Scroll down to find out more about the places and people that have confronted crisis – past and present.

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