Following a devastating hurricane season, which included some of the strongest storms and worst flooding in U.S. history, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urgently needs your support to tackle the long-term health threats facing our neighbors, especially those in U.S. territories.
When a hurricane hits, houses and buildings are damaged or destroyed from winds and flooding. Homes, schools and health care facilities lose power. But did you know about the long-term health threats associated with an extreme weather event?
Today, the CDC Foundation team is working with CDC leaders and officials in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) to address a variety of health challenges. Assistance from the CDC Foundation is meeting many needs, such as:
- Standing up health infrastructure, including significant support for public health labs
- Conducting health risk education campaigns designed to get out critical health protection messaging
- Funding a large-scale vaccination initiative across Puerto Rico
- Setting up mobile health clinics in USVI until permanent clinics are restored
- Building capacity of the public health workforce and more
But there are many more needs. You can make a difference—and every donation counts. The CDC Foundation’s emergency response fund enables CDC to respond to immediate needs as well as to changing and unpredictable threats that are emerging in the wake of Hurricanes Irma, José and Maria. In the past, this fund has provided critical support for CDC in its lifesaving response to many crisis situations, including Zika, the West Africa Ebola response, the Haiti earthquake, the Southeast Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina.
Health threats don’t stop when the winds stop and the waters recede. Imagine the difficulties so many people are continuing to face in the aftermath of these unprecedented disasters—and the difference your gift will make to help CDC restore health and safety.
Join with us to protect our neighbors from health threats that affect their lives today and in the future. Together our impact is greater. Give Now
The impact of these storms will live on for years. When a health threat strikes, speed saves lives. Right now, our neighbors need our help.
Judy Monroe, MD, President and CEO, CDC Foundation.