Getting Ahead of the Storm: How MAP Plans for Disasters

One year ago today, Hurricane Irma made landfall on Cudjoe Key, Florida as a Category 4 storm with 130 mph winds. As it barreled across the Florida Keys and into the Gulf of Mexico, residents fled Irma's dangerous path before it once again made landfall on Marco Island. Homes were destroyed, and millions were left without power as the hurricane continued up the state and into Georgia.

MAP provided thousands of its signature Disaster Health Kits (DHK) to affected residents in both states. DHKs provide essential items to help prevent the spread of disease. Each kit is designed to help meet the needs of one person residing in a shelter for one week.

Senior Partnership Development Officer, Kipp Branch was on the ground one year ago assisting families affected by Irma.

In this interview, Kipp describes how MAP prepares in advance for disasters and then acts immediately to help people in need.

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Before The Storm Hits: Being Prepared For Disaster

Even before a disaster hits, MAP becomes a disaster response center. And much of the preparation necessary for a humanitarian response requires significant advance planning.

When we know a hurricane is forming, or receive news of an earthquake, or see refugees fleeing conflict, MAP springs into action.

This past week, MAP International hosted members from Rotary International District 6920 to pack MAP's signature Disaster Health Kits (DHK). These kits are readied for a disaster that has yet to happen.  Why? 

Because the first question we ask is always, “How can we best help those who may be affected?”

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Six Months After Hurricane Irma, Mended Homes and Hearts

When Hurricane Irma hit the Florida Keys six months ago, its final path was uncertain. But, given the storm’s size, the amount of damage it would cause was well anticipated.

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Sharing The Passion - Comments from Supporters

As we lay the foundation for 2018, the comments MAP receives from our donors reminds us of the importance of delivering on our mission. We are so grateful that you choose MAP and share your prayers and passion for serving people who lack access to medicine.

Your words of encouragement and prayer support are a blessing to us.  Here is a sampling of some the recent prayer requests and comments that have poured in:

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Sharing A Passion - Comments from Our Supporters

Daily we are humbled by the comments we receive from MAP International supporters.

We are so grateful that you choose MAP and share your prayers and passion for serving ‘the least of these’ through our mission. Your shared thoughts inspire us to continue this great mission for people who lack access to medicine.

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Repairing the World One Gift at a Time

Candice Dyer was moved by the images she saw on television each week as hurricane after hurricane devastated the U.S. and Caribbean islands. Rather than passively allow the news coverage to come and go, Candice felt compelled to act.

She told a friend she wanted to do something.

As a journalist, Candice knew she had to do her research. The information she discovered about MAP and the highest ratings it has received from charity watchdog organizations impressed her. 

“A friend alerted me to MAP, and I was very impressed with what I learned. I was also very moved by the personal testimony of Steve Stirling.”  

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Spreading Hope in the Middle of Despair: Hurricane Irma

“It could have been so much worse,” is a phrase I’ve now heard from people standing in the midst of rubble to those surveying the flood damaged ruins in front yards. It’s a statement of gratitude but also a realization that even when the worst didn’t happen, it will take weeks, months or years to rebuild many lives.  

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Irma Relief: A measure of comfort in a difficult time

Tens of thousands of Coastal Georgia residents are returning to their communities following evacuation from Hurricane Irma.

Many are finding their homes uninhabitable due to damaging flood waters and downed trees on top of their roofs.

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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.

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MAP International Mandatory Evacuation

MAP’s international headquarters, located in Brunswick, Ga., is now officially closed since Coastal Georgia is under a mandatory evacuation order due to #HurricaneIrma. Despite being told to evacuate, a handful of devoted MAP employees worked Friday morning to ship out valuable relief items to Texas.

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