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Don't Wait for the Next Disaster

The next emergency doesn’t have a name or date, but we can be ready for whatever it brings. Now is the time to focus on keeping our families and communities safe.

Wherever Disaster Strikes…

Americares has 40 years of experience responding to emergencies around the world, including the deadly wildfires, floods and hurricanes that caused billions of dollars in damage in 2018 and changed lives forever. We respond to disasters, stay to help communities recover and prepare for future emergencies.

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2018 Emergency Responses*

* Denotes Fiscal Year



1.3 million

prescriptions provided

7.9 million

medical supplies delivered

Americares Emergency Responses

Americares responds to approximately 30 natural disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide ach year, establishes long-term recovery projects and brings disaster preparedness programs to vulnerable communities.

Our relief workers are among the first to respond to emergencies and stay as long as needed, helping to restore health services for survivors.

Get Ready Now

"Preparedness is about being empathetic—understanding how people are likely to behave in disasters and building systems around that."... Kristin Stevens, Americares Director, Preparedness and Disaster Risk Reduction

Americares Headquarters

5 Steps to Ready

Prepare for emergencies now, when there is time. During a disaster, you might have only minutes to make decisions. Act now so you and your family can stay safe. Download your complete checklist and get ready now.  Disasters can change everything.  And for more information on what you can do to keep your family safe visit ready.gov.    

1. Make a plan.

  • Identify meet-up locations and people you will need to contact.
  • Put the list of contacts in your wallet, on your phone and some where visible in your house.

2. Build a kit.

  • Store enough food and water for at least three days.
  • Make sure the food serves everyone in your home—including pets and those with special diets.

3. Keep at least seven days of medication on hand.

  • Work with your pharmacist and insurance company to secure the extra doses.

4. Make copies of important documents.

  • You’ll need your health insurance and prescription information.
  • Keep these on your phone, in the cloud or on a USB memory stick.

5. Stay informed.

  • Learn about local hazards unique to your local geography.
  • Take courses such as CPR and First Aid.
  • Sign up for your county, city or local police alert system. An early warning can give you the minutes you need to prepare for a fast-moving disaster.