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Forty Years of Responding to Disasters

Natural disasters, poverty, disease, and civil war impact millions around the world. In an emergency, Americares provides quality medical aid, disaster relief and recovery.


In vulnerable regions, we pre-position emergency medical supplies, help communities reduce risk and prepare for disaster while training health care providers. 


In the first hours, our emergency team sets in motion a disaster relief operation uniquely suited for the crisis and conditions on the ground. 


We stay in country for months and years, rebuilding hospitals and clinics and addressing targeted health needs of the community and restoring health care access. 

A Year of Emergencies

Since July 2020, Americares has initiated 25 new responses to natural disasters, man-made crises and disease outbreaks reaching 17 countries, including 12 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. The past nine months 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 vulnerable groups, as communities have struggled to rebuild from concurrent and consecutive events.

We have responded to a season of record-breaking hurricane and wildfires. The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season set a record with 30 named storms, including six major hurricanes reaching Category 3 status or higher — 12 of the 17 hurricanes made landfall in the continental USA. In addition, the U.S. experienced a record number of wildfires; more than 50,000 wildfires burned 8.8 million acres, consuming more than 2 million acres beyond the 10-year average and nearly double the wildfires in 2019. Our responses have also included support for other natural disasters, man-made disasters and an Ebola Virus Disease outbreak.  Scroll down to find out more about the places and people that have confronted crisis – past and present.

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