disaster relief | September 12, 2017

Hurricane Irma Update


Many of our friends and family experienced significant flooding due to the enormous tidal surge from Hurricane Irma.  At this time, we ask for your continued prayers for the well-being of all those affected by both Irma and Harvey.Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief

Designed to withstand Category Five hurricane conditions, MAP International's global medicines distribution center in Brunswick, GA weathered the storm well.  Power has been restored and MAP's Disaster Response Team is on site this morning reviewing reports from partner agencies. 

We are grateful for the tremendous support from our donors around the world.  MAP is accepting donations for its continued work with those impacted by Harvey and Irma.  Click on any of the orange links within this blog (Harvey or Irma) to donate.

If you have not given, please donate now.  You may designate your gift to Harvey or Irma relief and 100 percent of it will be used to support people affected by these disasters.  Many of our supporters are selecting the "Where Needed Most" from the donation menu allowing MAP to respond to as many people as possible.

Key Hurricane Updates:

  • Due to threats from Hurricane Irma, MAP International closed its Global Medicines Distribution Center in Brunswick, GA and its administrative offices in Atlanta until September 13.
  • MAP is tightly focused on preventing the spread of disease and illness following both Harvey and Irma. MAP is supplying its Disaster Health Kits (DHK) that include antiseptic wipes, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other essential items. Each kit is designed to help meet the needs of one person residing in a shelter for one week.
  • 1,250 MAP International Disaster Health Kits were distributed to people living in shelters in Victoria, Texas on August 30.

  • 1,000 Disaster Health Kits were distributed at the San Jose Clinic in Houston by MAP International’s partner, Project Hope.

  • MAP will send an additional 10,000 DHKs to people affected by either Irma or Harvey depending on needs identified in Florida and Georgia.

  • Before its staff evacuated on Friday, September 8, MAP assembled a relief truckload valued at more than $1 million for people in Texas.  This included 27 pallets of both health and other relief supplies including toothpaste, shampoo, 500 disaster health kits, and new clothing, shoes and blankets.

  • MAP remains in contact with partners in the Caribbean to offer assistance following Hurricane Irma.

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