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Hurricane Sandy Emergency Response Underway

Source: AmeriCares - Tue, 30 Oct 2012 20:09 GMT
Author: AmeriCares
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Hurricane Sandy carved a devastating path through 13 states, bringing winds up to 90 miles an hour and a monstous storm surge that caused severe coastal flooding. Communities throughout the east coast were faced with widespread power outages, mass evacuations, extensive destruction to homes and businesses, and paralyzing damage to mass transit systems. In the aftermath, preliminary estimates put storm-related damages in the tens of billions. On October 30, more than 6 million people were without power, and authorities estimate it may take weeks to restore power in some areas. Although the storm has been downgraded, it still poses a threat as it moves north and west over the next several days. AmeriCares has launched a large scale emergency response to help people affected by the hurricane, starting with deliveries of water, family emergency kits, and other relief supplies to hard hit communities. Our Emergency Response team is in contact with 130 clinic and response partners, as well as FEMA and voluntary agencies to assess needs and prepare targeted shipments of medicines and relief supplies. Members of our emergency response team are prepared to deploy within the next 24-48 hours. Our initial emergency response include: Working with the Salvation Army to provide hundreds of family emergency kits and household clean-up kits to families displaced by flooding throughout New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Working with Feeding America and Nestle Waters North America to deliver truckloads of bottled water to food banks in affected areas. Deploying our mobile medical clinic, stocked with medicines and relief supplies to help the injured and displaced in coastal Connecticut. Emergency Response teams have been deployed to clinics in Westchester, NY and southern Connecticut to assess damage and identify unmet needs. In hard-hit communities that are inaccessible due to flooding and road closures, we are prepared to award disaster relief grants. Meanwhile, our emergency outreach efforts continue to support clinics in our network by making family emergency kits, medicines and supplies available to help survivors in need. A stock of targeted medicines and supplies is positioned for immediate shipment, with special focus on tetanus vaccine, chronic care meds including insulin, first aid, personal care and hygiene kits for the displaced. "The damage to the East Coast is unprecedented, and we are prepared to provide a sustained response to help affected communities," said Garrett Ingoglia, AmeriCares vice-president of emergency response. "As our partners identify urgent needs, we are ready to help in any way we can." In Haiti, where the storm caused severe flooding earlier this week, AmeriCares responded swiftly with deliveries of cholera treatment and prevention supplies, as well as emergency and clean-up supplies.

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