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Americares: Responding to Hurricane Devastation

August 31, 2017

UPDATE 9/25/2017: Americares emergency teams have been deployed to Puerto Rico and Dominica in the Caribbean. The organization has been working with the Puerto Rico Department of Health to stock emergency shelters in San Juan with medical equipment and supplies. As of last week, Americares has provided $9 million in medicines, supplies, and other assistance to more than 50 partners in Texas, Florida, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and St. Martin to help survivors of the recent storms.

UPDATE 9/19/2017: Earlier this week, Americares airlifted $1.8 million in critical medicines and medical supplies for Hurricane Irma survivors throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands. Hurricane Maria, now a Category 5 storm, is predicted to plow through the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico starting this evening. Visit for more updates on emergency response efforts for those caught in this hurricane season’s devastating paths.

UPDATE 9/11/2017: Americares has deployed emergency response experts to assist in relief efforts for communities in the path of Hurricane Irma. Before it reached Florida over the weekend, Hurricane Irma killed more than 25 people in the Caribbean and devastated several islands, including Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Barts, St. Martin and St. Thomas. Click here to learn more about Americares response to Hurricane Irma.

UPDATE 9/7/2017: In addition to Americares continued Hurricane Harvey relief work, they have deployed a team to Puerto Rico to assist in response efforts for Hurricane Irma. The organization also has staff prepositioned in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and has a team ready to deploy to Florida. Click here for updates on how Americares is preparing for Hurricane Irma.

In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, we are partnering with Americares, an emergency response and global health organization, to help raise donations through our Better to Give program. When you choose Americares at checkout, we will donate $1 (at no cost to you) toward helping them provide urgent medicine and supplies to those affected by Hurricane Harvey’s record-breaking rainfall and flooding. On average, for every $1 donation to Americares, they are able to provide $20 in aid.

The Americares emergency response team has been on-the-ground in Texas since August 25 to assess the damage and deliver supplies. If you would like to donate directly to the Americares Hurricane Relief Fund, please visit

For updates on the emergency response to Harvey and Irma, follow @Americares on Twitter.

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