Natural disasters, poverty, disease, and civil war impact millions around the world. Americares provides disaster preparedness, medical aid, disaster relief and recovery.
In FY 2021, Americares initiated 42 total responses (26 new) to natural disasters, man-made crises and disease outbreaks reaching 37 countries, including the U.S. 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 groups vulnerable to disasters, as communities have struggled to rebuild from concurrent and consecutive events.
In FY22, we responded to a season of record-breaking hurricane, wildfires and manmade disasters. The latest emergency is the enormous humanitarian crisis growing out of the conflict in Ukraine. The Calendar Year 2021 Atlantic hurricane season set a record for total cost of the storms with 21 named storms, 7 hurricanes, and 4 major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher). In addition, the U.S. 2021 fire season was devastating with fires burning in as many as 15 states at the peak of the season consuming millions of acres. Our responses have also included support for other natural and man-made disasters. Scroll down to find out more about the places and people that have confronted crisis – past and present. In 2022, Hurricanes Ian and Fiona brought death and destruction to Florida and Puerto Rico while wildfires have burned millions of acres and heat waves have struck many countries with a deadly impact on vulnerable populations.