Connecticut-based Americares has sent a rapid response team to Chile, following Saturday’s massive earthquake. WNPR’s Diane Orson reports.
Americares is a disaster response organization based in Stamford CT. Vice President of Emergency Response Christoph Gorder says Americares’ advance team will assess Chile’s need for medicines and medical supplies.
"Our job is to keep the local doctors and hospitals and clinics and field hospitals stocked so they can serve their patients. Moving out in time from the emergency our mission will expand and involve bigger reconstruction projects."
More than 150 pharmaceutical companies donate medical supplies to Americares. They’re distributed to people in crisis around the world. Gorder says he’s concerned that the response to the Chilean crisis may not be the same as other catastrophes. .
"Chile is a middle income country. Its far away and in the aftermath of Haiti it will seem small. But for the people who were affected and for the people who have lost their homes and family members down there, it’s a major event and they’re going to need a lot of help to get back on their feet."
Chile’s magnitude 8.8 earthquake is one of the strongest ever recorded.
For WNPR, I’m Diane Orson.