Hurricane Maria Response Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, as a Category 4 storm, causing an estimated $94 billion in damages and leaving a toll of over 2,900 lives lost. Countless survivors lived for months without power or safe water and little or no access to health services. In the five years since Hurricane Maria, Americares has provided medicines, supplies, technical assistance and grants valued at $50 million, trained more than 38,000 health workers, first responders, teachers and community leaders and implemented more than a dozen health programs, saving lives and improving health. Americares is building capacity and resiliency by investing in health centers – and Puerto Rico’s greatest resource – its people. Watch the video that tells the story of our work and our commitment to health care in Puerto Rico. Click on the arrow. Americares committed to help the U.S. territory recover and to strengthen its health system. Our immediate response included emergency airlifts of urgently needed medicines and medical supplies, the deployment of mobile medical teams to provide primary care services and establishing a base of operations in San Juan to oversee our emergency response and recovery work.