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Americares responds to hurricanes

Damage caused by Hurricane Maria is surveyed by a crewman on a military helicopter. U.S. Navy photo.

Emergency response experts with the nonprofit Americares in Stamford have been working to rush aid to victims of Hurricane Maria after the Category 5 storm hit Puerto Rico and other islands with winds up to 160 mph. 

Garrett Ingoglia, Americares vice president of emergency response, sounded the emergency call for Americares “to provide medicines and supplies and meet the health needs of survivors.”

Americares began working with the Puerto Rico Department of Health before the storm hit to stock emergency shelters in San Juan with medical equipment and supplies.

When Maria was closing in, Americares sent an emergency airlift carrying $1.8 million in critical medicine and medical supplies to the U.S. Virgin Islands. The shipment weighed more than 3 tons.

At the same time, Americares relief workers continue to assist the Hurricane Irma relief efforts in the Caribbean and south Florida, as well as provide assistance to communities in southeast Texas recovering from Hurricane Harvey. 

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