Americares prepares for Irma amid Harvey relief effort

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The Americares disaster relief organization is whipping up preparations for Hurricane Irma while juggling relief efforts for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Garrett Ingoglia, the Stamford-based nonprofit's vice president of emergency response, says they are trying to figure out where to best position resources and team members. He says anyone who moved out of Texas to help with Irma would be quickly replaced by someone from headquarters. 

A team of 10 people is on the ground in some of the hardest-hit areas, setting up temporary warehouses and clinics and helping the state deal with the influx of donations. Meanwhile, Americares is keeping a close eye on Hurricane Irma and deploying a small team to Puerto Rico ahead of the storm so staff is already there by the time it hits.

Officials are also in contact with the Americares office in Haiti and know the nonprofit's efforts may extend to Florida or the Gulf Coast, depending on Irma's path.

"Not in a very long time have we had to face two such dangerous hurricanes at the same time," Ingoglia says. "One we're sort of still in response mode; the other is now bearing down on Puerto Rico."

Ingoglia adds that community support for Americares has been very generous so far, and so have corporate partners that have donated medicine and supplies. He says he hopes people don't get donor fatigue because there are still hundreds of thousands of people in need in Texas.

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