We don’t wait for the wind to blow or a disaster to strike before we do something.
We prepare beforehand.
So when the sirens do sound – we are ready.
This is the work that goes on before a disaster strikes, before anything shows up in the news. Staff and volunteers at our Operations Hub prepare and stockpile supplies like our Ready Relief Boxes and hygiene kits. The Mobile Medical Unit – a rolling urgent care facility – is stocked with medicines and supplies and made ready to roll out at short notice.
Now is not the time for delay. Once a disaster occurs, we must move quickly. Depending on the needs of a community a HHI Disaster Response can take many forms – shipping aid and supplies, deploying staff and volunteers, mobilizing the MMU – and sometimes a combination of all.
Keep us prepared to respond.
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HHI DISASTER RESPONSES
A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked the small country of Ecuador on April 16, 2016. Within hours, HHI had deployed an advance team to the country to assess needs and prepare the way for HHI’s Disaster Response Team.
The largest movement of people in Europe since World War Two. HHI initially responded by shipping 9,000 hygiene kits to Greece for distribution by longtime partner the International Medical Corps. An HHI team also deployed to the border of Croatia/Serbia in the autumn of 2015 to work with relief agencies, coordinating the delivery of more aid. HHI committed to sending thousands of blankets, with 10,000 being sent in January 2016.
In mid-June 2015, thousands of people began to flee over the border from the Dominican Republic into Haiti – many were forcibly deported – as Dominican officials began to implement a controversial immigration program targeting Haitian migrants and Dominican-born people of Haitian descent. HHI provided medical care, food and supplies and by mid-September, the numbers in the camps had grown to 3,000 refugees living in four camps.
In late April 2015, HHI rapidly deployed a mobile medical team to Nepal following a devastating earthquake. which trekked into the Himalayas, and shipped more than 15 tons of emergency supplies and food. Read more about our Nepal Earthquake response.
From late Summer 2014 into the Spring of 2015, HHI was involved in the global fight to stop the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Read stories from our time on the front lines of Ebola and watch this moving video and hear a survivor’s tale.
Forecasters warned it was going to be bad. They had it right on the money. In April 2014, a multitude of tornadoes ripped across the mid-South and South. While relief supplies were packaged for shipment to a town in Mississippi, a HHI Disaster Response Team delivered hundreds of hygiene kits and thousands of sunscreen tubes to people in communities on the outskirts of Little Rock, Arkansas.
Shortly after the strongest tropical cyclone to ever make landfall struck the central Philippines we mounted our largest international relief operation in years. Issuing an international call for volunteers, we deployed nearly three dozen medical providers to work in makeshift clinics treating more than 3,000 people in the aftermath of the typhoon. We also shipped more than 44 tons of medical aid, food and survival supplies to be distributed to survivors. Read more about our Typhoon Relief Operation in the Philippines.
Within hours of an EF-5 tornado tearing apart homes and a medical center, our Mobile Medical Unit was on site in Moore. For the next few weeks, staff and volunteers worked from the MMU providing medical care for storm survivors and rescue personnel, and leading medical teams home to home.
Two days after Heart to Heart International celebrated its 20th Anniversary, the MMU was on its way to the Northeast and we were preparing to send shipments of relief aid in the wake of Sandy. While the MMU was based at shelters in Long Island and staffed by local doctors and nurses, the shipments of aid began arriving in communities in New Jersey and New York.
Joplin, MO Tornado
Sichuan, China Earthquake