We’re Ready for

You should be, too.
Don’t Wait for the Next Disaster

The next emergency doesn’t have a name or date, but we can be ready for whatever it brings. Now is the time to focus on keeping our families and communities safe.

Wherever Disaster Strikes…

Americares has more than 40 years of experience responding to emergencies around the world, including the deadly wildfires, floods, hurricanes and earthquakes that caused billions of dollars in damage in recent years and changed lives forever. And now we fight a Global Pandemic. We respond to all kinds of disasters great and small, stay to help communities recover and prepare for future emergencies.

Annual Emergency Responses


emergencies in FY21


countries in FY21

$19 billion

total humanitarian aid since 1979

Getting Ready for the Next Disaster:

Hear from Americares Emergency Program team.

Prepare for emergencies now, when there is time. During a disaster, you might have only minutes to make decisions. Act now so you and your family can stay safe. Download your complete checklist and get ready now.  Disasters can change everything.  And for more information on what you can do to keep your family safe visit ready.gov.   


1. Make a plan.

  • Identify meet-up locations and people you will need to contact.
  • Put the list of contacts in your wallet, on your phone and some where visible in your house.

2. Build a kit.

  • Store enough food and water for at least three days. Be sure to include the needs of pets and those with special diets.
  • Consider buying a pre-made kit if it will meet your needs.

3. Keep at least seven days of medication on hand.

  • Work with your pharmacist and insurance company to secure the extra doses.

4. Make copies of important documents.

  • You’ll need your health insurance and prescription information.
  • Keep these on your phone, in the cloud or on a USB memory stick.

5. Stay informed.

  • Learn about local hazards unique to your local geography.
  • Take courses such as CPR and First Aid.
  • Sign up for your county, city or local police alert system. An early warning can give you the minutes you need to prepare for a fast-moving disaster.
  • Learn more at ready.gov

Americares Emergency Responses

Americares responds to approximately 30 natural disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide each year, establishes long-term recovery projects and brings disaster preparedness programs to vulnerable communities.

Our relief workers are among the first to respond to emergencies and stay as long as needed, helping to restore health services for survivors.

Americares is responding to Hurricane Michael, the most powerful storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in the area’s history. Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida as a life-threatening Category 4 storm on October 10.

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    Hurricane Laura made landfall in southwest Louisiana as a Category 4 storm with 150 mph winds, hammering Texas and the Gulf Coast with extreme winds, heavy rains and powerful storm surge. Our Emergency Team responded as the storm came ashore.

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      Americares is supporting the recovery from Hurricane Harvey, which devastated Texas communities with 130 mph winds, torrential rains and historic flooding.

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        Americares had emergency response teams in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes ever recorded.

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          As Hurricane Maria smashed into Puerto Rico, Dominica and other Caribbean islands, Americares emergency experts responded immediately to this Category 4 storm.

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            Americares responded to Hurricane Matthew’s deadly path through Haiti and other Caribbean nations and along the southeast coast of the U.S., providing emergency medical and relief shipments and mobile medical teams.

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              Raul Pineda – On Cyclone Idai for National Preparedness Month

              Raúl Pineda is Americares global programs coordinator. Raúl has led and supported several Americares emergency responses, including Cyclone Idai in Mozambique and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where he oversaw Americares mobile medical team providing care to survivors living in hard-hit communities.

              Rebecca Miah on Mental Health and CA Wildfires

              Rebecca Miah is Americares California preparedness and mental health and psychosocial training specialist. Rebecca supports Americares partner clinics in California with emergency planning policies, training and preparedness strategies

              Mariel Fonteyn on Emergency Planning for Safety Net Health Centers

              Mariel Fonteyn is Americares associate director of emergency preparedness. Mariel helps design and implement programs that provide health centers with tools to better prepare for emergencies, so they can continue providing critical medical care to their patients, no matter what happens around them.

              Miguel Marrero Medina on Mental Health After Hurricane Michael

              Miguel Marrero Medina, PhD, MPH, is Americares mental health and psychosocial program manager and mental health and psychosocial deployment manager. Miguel leads Americares mental health and psychosocial support program in Puerto Rico and has supported—and led—several of the organization’s emergency responses.

              Betsy Warfield on Americares Global Response Team

              Betsy Warfield is Americares director of global readiness. Betsy oversees Americares WHO EMT program and its Emergency Response Global Roster, composed of qualified individuals trained in Americares emergency response programming and policy—the mechanisms in Americares mobilizes response teams and prepares for response interventions.

              Anirban Mitra on Disaster Preparedness in India

              Anirban Mitra is senior leader, program operations of Americares India. Anirban oversees Americares India’s program operations, human resources and finance teams. He has led and supported many of the organization’s local and regional emergency responses.