Stamford-based Americares sending humanitarian experts to help Jamaica recover from Hurricane Beryl

Cora Nally, director of international emergency response, tells News 12 the relief organization's team is expected to stay on the island for two weeks.

Rose Shannon

Jul 5, 2024, 10:12 PM

Updated 16 days ago

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Stamford-based Americares has deployed a team of humanitarian experts to Jamaica to help the island recover from Hurricane Beryl.
Starting Saturday, the team will assess Beryl's aftermath, reach out to local partners and coordinate with the Jamaican government, the World Health Organization and other NGOs.
The focus of the team is to restore health services for children and adults affected by the storm. including those displaced.
They are also prepared to deliver medicine and relief supplies to communities in need.
Cora Nally, director of international emergency response, tells News 12 the relief organization's team is expected to stay on the island for two weeks, but could stay longer.
"It's more based on what type of assistance is needed and that always depends on what type of assistance the government is able to offer and therefore what gaps Americares can step into. For example, surge staffing to clinics of doctors and nurses or mental health professionals, then we will send a team with those professionals as part of the team," says Nally.
Nally says the organization can also provide financial assistance to purchase generators, along with rebuilding or repairing clinics.
As of now, Americares does not have plans to send teams to other locations.
Nally says although the Windward Islands were severely impacted, it is difficult for people to reach them and the organization does not want to overwhelm the islands' limited resources.
However, the islands will be included in Americares' assessment.
Nally says because the storm impacted islands in the Caribbean, it's logically difficult to import items, so the best way people can help is by donating to the nonprofit's emergency support fund in response to Hurricane Beryl.


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