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hurricane harvey | October 23, 2017

Providing Comfort to Victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

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When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, MAP was ready to respond, providing much-needed Disaster Health Kits to those in need. For those displaced from their homes, these Disaster Health Kits provide the most essential hygiene supplies, offering both comfort and important health benefits to those in need.

MAP has provided Disaster Health Kits to people in U.S. disasters as well as those overseas, including refugees fleeing for their lives. As one girl who received a kit in Jordan said, “We lost everything, but now I have some things of my own. I feel so much better just being able to wash my face, brush my teeth and have a few things to see me through the days ahead.”

Last month, Hurricane Irma hit Florida and the Georgia coast, causing mass evacuations. Because the storm changed course, many people had to evacuate at the last minute, taking little with them.

“When the path of the hurricane changed, we had to leave our house with nothing,” said Pat from Sarasota. Fortunately, she was able to return to her home in a few days, but during her time in the shelter, it was the simple things, like a toothbrush and washcloth, that gave her comfort.

These kits include antiseptic wipes, band-aids, toothbrushes, toothpaste and soap among other items. Even as MAP headquarters were being evacuated, some staff members stayed behind to pack more kits that were distributed a few days later to local citizens who were staying in local shelters.

All in all, MAP was able to distribute thousands of Disaster Health Kits in Texas, Florida and Coastal Georgia as well as send urgently needed medicines to those in the Caribbean affected by the hurricanes.

To be prepared when disasters strike, MAP tries to keep a supply of Disaster Health Kits ready to distribute. The kits are packed by volunteers at MAP headquarters or at sites around the country.

If your church, school or company would like to sponsor a packing event for disaster kits, contact MAP at 800-225-8550.

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