MedShare Responds: Disaster Relief

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MedShare Responds:

 

Hurricane Maria
Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Irma
Monsoon flooding in South Asia
Mudslides in Sierra Leone

 

100% of your tax-deductible gift goes to disaster relief in the area designated below.

  
  

The Southern United States and the Caribbean islands are all facing never before seen amounts of damage and devastation in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria. Your gifts support our neighbors in need.

Sierra Leone is rebuilding following historically destructive mudslides that have killed as many as 1,000 people. Your support will help them recover.

Monsoon flooding in South Asia has impacted 41 million people in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. In addition to the many injuries and fatalities, homes and hospitals have been destroyed. Your generosity will help them rebuild.

 

 

This is what MedShare is doing to help:

    • MedShare is collecting medical supplies and basic care items to send to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria.
        • Below is a list of needed items that can be brought to the MedShare warehouse in Decatur, Georgia, San Leandro, California, and Secaucus, New Jersey:
          • Diapers
          • Adult diapers for senior citizens (sizes M/L and L/XL)
          • Pull-ups sizes 2T-3T, 3T-4T, and 4T-5T
          • Baby wipes
        • We are also collecting personal hygiene items:
          • Hand Sanitizer
          • Soap
          • Shampoo
          • Toothpaste
          • Toothbrushes
          • Infant Formula (Powdered only)
          • Dressings
          • Bandages
        • Items can be delivered to
          MEDSHARE’S ATLANTA VOLUNTEER CENTER
          3240 Clifton Springs Road, Decatur, GA 30034
          Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm

          MEDSHARE’S WESTERN REGION
          2937 Alvarado Street, San Leandro, CA 94577
          Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:00pm
          MEDSHARE’S NORTHEAST REGION
          701 Penhorn Avenue, Unit #3 Secaucus, NJ 07094 
          Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm

       

      • MedShare is partnering with Convoy of Hope, Texas Diaper Bank, First Aid for All, Angel Flight Soars, and Team Rubicon to deliver medical aid to nonprofit organizations and direct healthcare providers in Texas and the Caribbean.
      • Our team is coordinating with our longterm partners in the Caribbean and new partners in Florida to determine how we can most effectively and efficiently deliver supplies in the wake of Hurricane Irma’s destruction.

 

  • We are partnering with medical teams in Puerto Rico to help communities there recover from Hurricane Maria.
  • Medical Mission Teams traveling to Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands hit by the hurricanes can pick up supplies at MedShare!
  • We’re coordinating with organizations in Mexico to determine the most effective way to respond to the devastating earthquakes that have taken hundreds of lives in the country. We are equipping Medical Mission Teams traveling to areas impacted by the earthquakes.
  • More than 16,000 pounds of supplies are on their way to support hurricane damaged communities — that’s more than $140,000 worth of critical supplies for our neighbors in need!
  • We have more than 30 supply drives being hosted by our corporate and faith-based partners who want to contribute to relief efforts.
  • MedShare partnered with Angel Flight Soars to provide support to the staff at the Roy Schneider Medical Center. This is one of the only hospitals on the island and it was destroyed by Hurricane Irma, leaving patients vulnerable and medical staff without supplies.
  • Many of our corporate partners have begun their own office supply drives! If you’d like to start a supply drive for MedShare at your organization, contact donate@medshare.org.
  • We’ve received vital supply donations from many organizations including Tronex, VWR Medical, The San Francisco SanBao Buddhist Temple Young Adult Division and the Sunday Buddhism Class, CBC National Bank, and Georgia Tech!
  • MedShare has been recognized as one of the most effective charities responding to the hurricanes by several publications:
  • We are equipping Medical Mission Teams traveling to all impacted areas.
  • Our Shipments team is coordinating with healthcare facilities in Haiti, Florida, Freetown, Houston, and South Asia to determine who has the capacity to receive and distribute supplies.
  • We have received needs lists from local organizations and governments.
  • Our Operations team is preparing for an immediate and effective response via AirLink.
  • Our Medical Mission Team Store is fully stocked and ready to equip healthcare professionals on their way to impacted areas.
    • We are waiving our donation request for teams taking up to 100 pounds of supplies.
    • To pick up supplies:
  • Our Procurement team is reaching out to our product partners to request disaster relief supplies; specifically Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), orthopedic equipment, IV supplies and equipment, personal hygiene supplies, and supplies for wound care.
  • We are organizing with our NGO partners to determine the most efficient and impactful response using all of our resources. Visit PQMD.org for more information about quality medical donations during disaster relief efforts.

 

Here’s what you can do:

  • Volunteer to sort and box supplies to be sent to impacted areas.
  • Donate to MedShare’s Disaster Relief Fund.
  • Help us spread the word that aid workers can collect medical supplies from our Medical Mission Team Store.
  • Talk to your friends and family about getting involved and share our posts on social media. We want everyone to know that MedShare is here to help!

 

Disaster Details

HURRICANE MARIA — Hurricane Maria made landfall the morning of September 19th as a Category 5 storm on the Caribbean island of Dominica. Seven people have been killed as of Wednesday. It hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday September 20th. The island has not been hit by a major hurricane since 1928, it has now been struck by two successive high category hurricanes. Already weakened by Irma, Puerto Rico has begun to issue evacuation orders.

HURRICANE IRMA — Hurricane Irma hit the eastern Caribbean on September 6th. It was the strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic, with sustained winds of up to 180 miles per hour. Barbuda, St. Barthélemy, St. Martin, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands were hit directly and the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti were impacted as well. It has caused one of the largest evacuations in Florida’s history. 540,000 Georgia residents were ordered to evacuate as the storm traveled north. 6.7 million people have been left without power across five states. 12 people were killed in the United States and 24 people were reported dead as a result of the hurricane in the Caribbean. The islands brace for Hurricane Maria.

SIERRA LEONE — As many as 1,000 people have died in the floods and resulting mudslides that began on August 14th. Hundreds more are still missing. Upwards of 3,000 people are in need of immediate humanitarian aid. The government of Sierra Leone has made a call for international help and highlighted the need for additional medical supplies. Hospitals and health posts are scrambling to treat those injured during the disaster, but the flooding has cut off facilities from regular supplies. With the number of injured on the rise and an increased risk of cholera and other waterborne diseases threatening the health and safety of survivors, healthcare facilities in the devastated areas will need essential medical supplies immediately.

HURRICANE HARVEY — On August 25th, Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas as a Category 4 hurricane with winds at 130 miles per hour. Flooding has displaced thousands and many communities have been entirely cut off by flood waters. The National Weather Service said “This event is unprecedented and all impacts are unknown and beyond anything experienced.” It continues to rain in the area and is expected to contribute to more flooding. Clinics in the area have been cut off from supplies and support. Many hospitals have been evacuated while others are relying on backup systems. The hurricane made landfall again in western Louisiana on August 30th. FEMA estimates that 450,000 people will need disaster assistance following Hurricane Harvey.

SOUTH ASIA — More than 1,200 people are dead following Monsoon rains that created flooding and landslides in Nepal, India, and Bangladesh. The UN estimates that 41 million people have been affected by the disastrous Monsoon. Hospitals have been destroyed and communities have been cut off from aid. Injuries caused by flooding and building collapses as well as waterborne illnesses are main health concerns.