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disaster relief | June 1, 2018

When Lives Depend on MAP: Preparing for the 2018 Hurricane Season

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For the people of Puerto Rico and Texas, the chance of any hurricane threat seems daunting. So many communities are still recovering from Maria and Harvey. Now this week, NOAA has released its predictions for 2018:

NOAA’s forecasters predict 10 to 16 named storms, of which five to nine could become hurricanes, including one to four major hurricanes.

One is too many for the hundreds of thousands of lives torn apart last fall. Thanks to thousands of MAP donors and supporters who helped send Disaster Health Kits and medicines, many were provided a ray of hope in the most desperate of conditions.

Unfortunately, we know more disasters will occur in 2018.

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Here is how MAP is preparing to help people in case of a disaster in 2018:

  • In preparation for the 2018 hurricane season, MAP has pre-positioned over 15,500 Disaster Health Kits to help those potentially impacted by a storm. We are actively preparing to assemble thousands more throughout June and July.
  • More than 1000 people died from the mudslides and subsequent flooding that impacted an area outside Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown in 2017. Earthquakes also shook areas of Mexico and Northwest Guatemala in 2017 causing extensive destruction and affecting millions of lives.
  • For larger scale disasters such as these, MAP is set to receive three Interagency Emergency Health Kits (IEHKs). IEHKs treat 10,000 people for 90 days and contain medicines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). An IEHK is a standardized kit of essential medicines, supplies and equipment deployed by United Nations agencies and other partners who respond to large-scale emergencies.This prepacked kit is designed for use where there is a disruption of medical supplies in an emergency setting as a way to fill the gap until the medical supply mechanisms are restored. There are available for use internationally.
  • Clean drinking water is always in short supply following any disaster. In response, MAP is pre-positioning 1000 Sawyer water filter. Each filter provides clean water for a family of three and treats 500 gallons of water a day.

We pray the 2018 hurricane season is mild and worldwide disasters are few for the remainder of 2018.

If disasters do strike, MAP is actively preparing and will be ready to help save lives by rapidly providing critical medicines and health supplies to those in need. 

Learn more and how you can help. And thank you for all you do to support MAP and our disaster relief efforts worldwide.  

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