Where We Work

USA: Florida

Nearly a year after hurricanes Irma and Maria cut a path of destruction through the Caribbean in September 2017, International Medical Corps continues to support thousands of those in Florida affected by the powerful storms.

In and around Fort Myers on Florida’s west coast, we work with a local network of 30 clinics in that reach 80,000 underserved men, women and children. In the Mimi/Dade County areas on the Atlantic coast, we continue to provide no-cost medicines to a network of clinics that serve vulnerable families, ensuring that they continue to receive care for chronic diseases like diabetes, and easing their financial burden as they recover and rebuild in the wake of the storms.

In the immediate aftermath of the storms, with many clinic staff members displaced from their homes, International Medical Corps provided sanitation facilities enabling them to return to work. We also helped restore power to a clinic in Bonita Springs that serves some 30,000 people.

After the initial emergency passed, International Medical Corps worked with the state’s Primary Care Association and its Department of Health to develop additional preparedness programming for the current hurricane season. Among the steps undertaken:

  • We signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Florida Department of Health saying that, in an emergency, we would support the medical needs of shelter residents and extend medical care into the hardest hit areas with our international field hospital resources.
  • We agreed to provide training to community health centers across the state on emerging infectious diseases and Infection-control prevention measures, to help local communities better manage the public health emergencies and diseases that frequently occur following a natural disaster.
Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean in September of 2017
In Florida, we are working with local partners, providing support to a network of clinics

We Were There: Hurricanes in the Caribbean

Hurricane Irma was recorded as the 11th most intense hurricane in the Atlantic basin, maintaining maximum intensity for 37 hours and hitting the Caribbean the week of September 5, 2017. Hurricane Maria followed less than two weeks later, traveling over Dominica on September 18th as a Category 5 storm, and later over Puerto Rico on September 20th.

Read more about our response