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Welcome to Giving Tuesday! We believe in early preparedness for everything, not just natural disasters.

That’s why we’re preparing early for Giving Tuesday. In the 7 days leading to Giving Tuesday, we’re sharing 7 stories of heroes and survivors of natural disasters.

Each person has been touched by our work—and we’ve been inspired by their resilience. (You can read more about our work here.)

Your early donation today helps us prepare for the help people will need during the next disaster.

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7 days, 7 stories of #resilience:

Giving Tuesday, 12/3: 200 Dialysis Patients and Caretakers Rescues from Hurricane Florence Floodwaters in North Carolina

Coordinating life-saving rescues during Hurricane Florence

When Hurricane Florence brought unprecedented flooding to the coastal towns of North Carolina in September 2018, dialysis patients faced a dire lack of access to their life-saving treatments at local dialysis centers.

Days after landfall, approximately 200 dialysis patients were left stranded in flooded areas for five days without dialysis treatment. That’s when government partners asked us to step in—and we did.

By working with the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) and many tremendously helpful logistics providers in the state (who were willing to take our calls in the middle of the night!), we secured chartered buses to safely transport the stranded patients and their caregivers to medical needs shelters located near dialysis centers.  

Throughout the weeks following Florence we continued to coordinate the needs of dialysis centers and patients alike in partnership with KCER, from ensuring centers had potable water to securing donated clothes and hygiene for patients in shelters.

Transporting 200 stranded dialysis patients and caregivers to medical shelters and dialysis centers wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Kidney Community Emergency Response and local logistics providers willing to take our calls in the middle of the night.



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After Hurricane Maria hit, health centers and clinics in Puerto Rico were in dire need of assistance—lacking everything from medical and food supplies to radios and phones for communication.

Federally Qualified Health Centers, health centers designated to serve vulnerable populations and often one of the first to help patients in a crisis, were among those most in need of help. In addition to lack of supplies and electricity, they needed communications equipment. Without functioning communications equipment, clinic providers could not communicate with one another or place urgently needed supply orders.

That's when the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved asked us to help find communications equipment for these health centers. We worked with our trusted partner, Sprint’s Emergency Response Team, to do just that.

In just a few days, the team delivered donated radios, mobile devices, and satellite phones for dozens of clinics in the hardest-hit areas of rural Puerto Rico.



In 2017, record rainfall and subsequent flooding from Hurricane Harvey rendered road travel throughout Houston virtually impossible. For the healthcare facilities who relied on delivery trucks to safely transport medicines and supplies multiple times each week, the situation was dire. Delayed deliveries would have severely disrupted the supply of live-saving medications and—ultimately— the well-being of patients.

Our supply chain partners reached out for help, and we worked with partners at LIFT Non-Profit Logistics and the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) who were able to connect us to donated private helicopters, planes, and even duck boats to deliver these critical supplies. By connecting and coordinating the airlift donors and the medical suppliers, we helped ensure that Houston hospitals received the supplies they most critically needed to care for their patients during and after the hurricane.

While we have helped coordinate deliveries to healthcare facilities countless times in the past, this was the first time we worked with airlift partners, underscoring the idea that partnerships really are the ‘secret sauce’ of disaster response.


When Hurricane Michael’s 140 mph winds smashed into Florida’s Calhoun County, they devastated infrastructure and healthcare facilities, including Calhoun-Liberty Hospital, the county’s only hospital. The category 5 storm destroyed 80% of the hospital’s roof and inflicted significant water damage to the large stocks of medical supplies.

When Calhoun County Emergency Management contacted us to help the hospital replace its damaged medical supplies, we began our work. In less than a week, we were able to coordinate donations for all items on Calhoun-Liberty Hospital’s medical needs list. OptumRx and Centene Corporation delivered all medicine and supplies to the hospital.

The needs the hospital had underscored the enormous impact Michael had not only on the hospital, but the surrounding area. This was an instance where it truly required an all-hands on deck approach.

Our phenomenal network of partners, combined with our support team’s dedication, helped make sure Calhoun-Liberty had what they needed, when they needed it, for patients.



As Hurricane Harvey’s flooding was displacing thousands of residents and causing devastating damage, a cancer survivor in Beaumont, Texas was trapped in her home and needed treatment. She saw our information on a news ticker and called our hotline for help, explaining that she required her treatment to be administered through a breathing machine but was unable to get to her primary care provider due to the flooding.

The flood waters had made it nearly impossible for supplies or personnel to get into or out of Beaumont, which had essentially been turned into an island by Harvey’s flooding. Our team spent two days reaching out to local facilities, trying to connect the patient with a solution so she could receive the medicine she depended upon.

After dozens of calls, we found a community health center that had her medication on hand. We worked through the logistics and—ultimately—the center volunteered to deliver the product to the patient and administer the treatment.

Thanks to the assistance of the community health center, we were able to help make sure the patient did not have to go without essential treatments until she was able to get to her healthcare provider.



A few days after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, a patient in need of immediate treatment reached out to us for help. The patient, who had been evacuated out of their home state, needed a doctor to immediately administer an injectable medication that was already a day overdue.

We began searching through our extensive network of community health centers and partners in areas close to where the patient was evacuated.

That same day, we were able to connect the patient (and their family) to a health center in Raleigh accepting walk-in appointments for patients displaced by Florence.



The arrival of Hurricane Michael in Tallahassee in 2018 occurred as the area—and the country—grappled with the growing opioid epidemic. As displaced residents sought refuge from the storm in area shelters, there was an immediate need for shelter workers to have Narcan, a medication that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, in their emergency kits.

Within days of the storm’s arrival, we received a request for 500 doses of Narcan. The request was large because the sheltering situation was highly dynamic at the time, with shelters being stood up, combined, or stood down in a matter of day. Shelter managers needed to ensure enough Narcan was on hand, no matter the situation. We responded by quickly connecting with OptumRx to organize a donation and overnight shipment of 500 Narcan kits to shelter managers across the state.

Our partnerships with members along the supply chain helped us connect first responders with a life-saving tool for shelters serving residents affected by the opioid crisis.



In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, entire neighborhoods were left without power for up to a week after the storm made landfall. For the thousands of patients who relied on electricity and batteries to power medical devices like respirators, wheelchairs and dialysis equipment, the situation was especially dangerous. Because many patients no longer had a place to charge these devices, they were becoming increasingly concerned about their health. That’s why the Department of Health and Human Services Critical Infrastructure Protection Program called to ask us to help quickly establish device recharging stations.

We immediately contacted partners at national pharmacy chains with a request to set up “pop-up” charging stations for survivors in the community.

Later, we received personal thanks from Janet Napolitano, the Former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, who wrote us: “Thank you for all your help in setting up assistance in the aftermath of Sandy. I think we’ve all learned from Katrina that getting access to medication and information about where to get medicines is an important part of the emergency response and we couldn’t do it without you.”

Leveraging our deep and broad partner network to find solutions is what we do, and that’s always motivation enough for our work. But receiving a personal thanks from Janet Napolitano made our day!


How we put your donation to work:

  • Respond to emergencies – natural disasters, man-made disasters, and disease outbreaks. We help ensure that shelters and healthcare facilities receive deliveries of critical medicine and supplies by coordinating with health organizations and supply chain partners.
    • We provide vital, up-to-date information on where and how to access life-saving health services and medicine during disasters.
    • We run Rx Open, a free service that helps patients find open pharmacies during and after a disaster or emergency.
  • Safeguard communities. We provide preparedness training and education to help communities become resilient and better prepared for the next disaster.
  • Strengthen the system of delivering healthcare supplies and medicines. We strengthen the supply networks of critical medicine and supplies to patients by working with government agencies and corporate partners to improve the process with the latest research, feedback, and lessons learned after each event.

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Welcome to Giving Tuesday! We believe in early preparedness for everything, not just natural disasters.

That’s why we’re preparing early for Giving Tuesday. In the 7 days leading to Giving Tuesday, we’re sharing 7 stories of heroes and survivors of natural disasters.

Each person has been touched by our work—and we’ve been inspired by their resilience. (You can read more about our work here.)

Your early donation today helps us prepare for the help people will need during the next disaster.

SHARE Follow us on and and post your own story of resilience using #HelpHealthcareReady #7days7stories.