The next emergency may be named Florence or it may not even have a name or date, but we're ready for whatever it brings. September is National Preparedness Month, time to focus on keeping families and communities safe.
Americares has 40 years of experience responding to disasters around the world, including the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricanes in Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas and the Caribbean. Relying on a trained staff, an emergency pharmacy and logistics expertise, we work efficiently and effectively with local partner organizations to ensure health reaches those who need it most. Then we stay long after the disaster, committed to helping communities recover and get ready for future storms.
Americares immediate response to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria included emergency airlifts of medicine and supplies to restock damaged health facilities, mobile medical teams for remote communities, transportation for stranded patients with life-threatening illness and more. Americares teams in the U.S. and Caribbean are now expanding the capacity of local health providers to address stress and trauma and strengthening local health centers’ disaster preparedness, to save lives and speed recovery after future storms.
Americares is supporting the recovery from Hurricane Harvey, which devastated Texas communities with 130 mph winds, torrential rains and historic flooding.
Americares had emergency response teams in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes ever recorded.
As Hurricane Maria smashed into Puerto Rico, Dominica and other Caribbean islands, Americares emergency experts responded immediately to this Category 4 storm.
"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
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.