International Medical Corps disaster response experts are in Florida and the Caribbean providing much-needed assistance and identifying pressing needs in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Hurricane Maria is the third major hurricane to pass through the Caribbean in the last few weeks. The storm devastated many islands still reeling from the impact of Hurricane Irma, and exacerbated the crisis by wreaking havoc on islands such as Puerto Rico that had been spared Irma’s destruction.
Our team in Florida is collaborating with a network of 30 health clinics that serve 80,000 men, women and children.
We have disaster response experts working to provide relief from hubs in Barbados and Antigua, and a team preparing to deploy to Puerto Rico.
Our mobile medical units in northern Haiti are ready to respond to flare-ups of cholera.
Responding to Hurricanes Irma and Maria
International Medical Corps’ disaster response experts are on the ground in Florida and the Caribbean, coordinating with response agencies and local organizations in response to hurricanes Irma and Maria. Medical supplies are ready for distribution and further supplies are being prepared for humanitarian assistance to affected populations. Currently we have teams in Florida, Antigua and Barbados, and a team mobilizing for Puerto Rico.
Providing Relief and Recovery After Hurricane Irma
We are working with local authorities and partners to provide relief and support recovery in the Caribbean in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria. This includes bringing in medication and basic medical supplies that can provide care for up to 10,000 people for three months. We are also mobilizing hygiene kits and sanitation supplies for distribution to families across the region.
Our team in northern Haiti continues to operate mobile medical units that can respond to flare-ups of cholera—a risk that could increase as a result of Irma’s heavy rainfall as it passed the island. The team is looking at ways they can plus up support to help prevent a spike in cholera cases, and working to identify additional relief that might be needed in the wake of Irma.
Though the majority of International Medical Corps’ relief efforts take place overseas, the organization does respond to disasters in the United States in extreme situations. With domestic resources stretched after Hurricane Harvey, International Medical Corps deployed a team to Florida, which assessed several highly affected areas in close with federal, state, and local responders in Collier, Lee, and Miami-Dade counties. International Medical Corps is now collaborating with one local network of 30 health clinics that reaches 80,000 underserved men, women, and children in and around Fort Myers, Florida.
(Some photos used on this page are from our 2016 Hurricane Matthew Response in Haiti)