Immediate aid + ongoing assistance = a stronger healthier future
When disaster strikes here at home, our emergency response team mobilizes immediately, reaching out to clinics and health centers in our network of over 600 safety net partners to deliver the right aid to survivors in urgent need. But we don’t stop there: we follow up with field visits and ongoing recovery assistance for communities in crisis.
- In 2013, we're responding to the devastating tornado that shattered parts of Oklahoma City along with other violent storms throughout the South, we continue our large-scale Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, while we prepare for hurricanes and tornadoes before they strike.
- In 2012, we responded to Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Isaac, wildfires in Colorado, midsummer storms in West Virginia, Tropical Storm Debby, tornadoes in Kentucky and Oklahoma
- In 2011, a year of record-setting tornado outbreaks, devastating floods, wildfires, and storms, AmeriCares delivered nearly $3 million in emergency aid for disaster survivors, along with more than $600,000 in disaster recovery grants to help more than 62,000 people recover and prepare for future emergencies.
From Hurricane Sandy, to Hurricane Katrina, to the Joplin tornado, to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, AmeriCares has been on the scene, delivering crucial help, reduce human suffering, and help communities recover.
The first 48 hours of an emergency are the most critical. We strategically pre-position emergency relief supplies at partner clinics in disaster-prone areas across the U.S. so we are ready to respond at a moment’s notice with shipments of emergency aid to fill urgent healthcare gaps, including:
- Chronic care medicines for survivors suffering from diabetes, heart disease and asthma
- Tetanus vaccines
- First aid medicines and supplies
- Family emergency kits and clean-up kits: for the displaced including personal care items and cleaning supplies
- Bottled water for first responders and survivors without access to safe drinking water.
In 2011, AmeriCares launched its U.S. disaster recovery grants program to help more than 62,000 people in communities shattered by disaster move forward and build a healthier future.
Looking ahead, we aim to provide ongoing recovery assistance for disaster survivors, when needed, in three areas:
- Restoring health care services
- Providing mental health support
- Enhancing disaster preparedness
More information on our U.S. emergency response and recovery:
Stamford, Conn. – March 17, 2014 – AmeriCares is outfitting the Women’s and Children’s Pavilion at the HealthPlex hospital in Norman, Okla., with new medical equipment to help meet the increase in demand for maternity care since the May tornadoes destroyed a neighboring hospital.
AmeriCares disaster relief team is on the ground in flood-struck communities in Colorado mobilizing a response. New shipments are now underway, including water, emergency kits and relief supplies to meet the urgent needs of ill, injured and displaced survivors
Stamford, Conn. – Sept. 20, 2013 – AmeriCares is delivering relief supplies to assist families affected by the record flooding in Colorado.
AmeriCares disaster relief team is on the ground in flood-struck communities in Colorado mobilizing a response. New shipments are now underway, including water, emergency kits and relief supplies to meet the urgent needs of ill, injured and displaced survivors.
Stamford, Conn. – Sept. 17, 2013 – AmeriCares has deployed an emergency response expert to Colorado to assess needs and coordinate deliveries of medicines and relief supplies for flood survivors.
As rescue efforts continue for survivors in flood-ravaged Colorado, AmeriCares emergency response staff has deployed to the hardest hit areas, to assess immediate needs and connect with partner organizations helping communities affected by the devastation.
AmeriCares shipped a truckload of bottled water to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in Phoenix, Arizona through a partnership with Nestle Waters North America and Feeding America in response to the wildfires in Yarnell, Arizona that claimed lives and destroyed homes. The water from the shipment is being provided to disaster survivors, emergency responders, and volunteers.
AmeriCares large-scale tornado response includes enough grants and aid to help more than 20,000 people struggling amid the devastation in Oklahoma.
As the Northeast continues to recover from Hurricane Sandy, Atlantic hurricane season has begun amid forecasts of above average storm activity for 2013. AmeriCares is ready in advance long before a hurricane strikes – so that crucial medicines and relief supplies are in the hands of response partners and survivors as quickly as possible.
Stamford, Conn. – June 17, 2013 – AmeriCares and Portlight Strategies, Inc. are partnering to help disabled Oklahoma residents affected by the recent tornadoes. AmeriCares has awarded a $25,000 grant to the Charleston, S.C.-based nonprofit organization to replace wheelchairs, scooters, ramps and other equipment lost or damaged in the recent storms.
Amber Kriesel knew she had to act fast. Sixteen minutes after the emergency sirens sounded in Moore, Okahoma, a monstrous tornado touched down.
Stamford, Conn. – May 22, 2013 – Medical aid and relief supplies from AmeriCares are arriving in Oklahoma to help survivors of the powerful tornado that tore through the suburbs of Oklahoma City on Monday, killing and injuring dozens and flattening homes and businesses in its 17-mile path.
AmeriCares emergency response team has been deployed to Oklahoma to assess urgent needs and coordinate deliveries of medical and emergency aid.
Stamford, Conn. – May 20, 2013 – AmeriCares is deploying an emergency response team to Oklahoma City to coordinate deliveries of relief supplies and medical aid for tornado survivors. The aid organization has reached out to health clinics, food banks and nonprofit organizations in the region with offers of assistance.
Stamford, Conn. – April 11, 2013 – Unilever employees from the company’s Trumbull Research and Development Center recently assembled family emergency kits for U.S. disaster survivors at AmeriCares Stamford, Conn., headquarters. The kits will be pre-positioned in the aid organization’s warehouse for distribution to U.S. families displaced by tornadoes, hurricanes and other severe storms.
Stamford, Conn. - Sept. 13, 2012 - AmeriCares is sending additional aid to Louisiana this week for residents still recovering from Hurricane Isaac.