Disaster Relief


Remote Area Medical’s Disaster Relief arm reaches around the world. Through partnerships with global organizations, and thanks to international volunteers, we are able to respond to disasters by land, sea, and air, delivering medical relief and other humanitarian aid when needed. Below are some examples of recent natural and man-made disasters to which RAM responded.
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Callaway, Florida (Hurricane Michael)

In December 2018, Remote Area Medical served 500 patients needing free dental, vision, and medical services in Callaway, FL after the devastation left by Hurricane Michael. Thanks to collaboration with Walmart, St. Vincent’s HealthCare, Florida Blue, PanCare, and dedicated volunteers, these services totaled more than $158,000 in free care. The event was held at the Walmart Supercenter in Callaway and services included dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental x-rays, eyeglasses made on-site, and general medical exams.

Puerto Rico

From December 1 through December 22, 2017, RAM operated five mobile medical clinics in western Puerto Rico. The clinics occurred in the following locations: San Germán, Añasco, San Sebastián, Moca, and Aguada. These clinics offered free dental, vision, and medical care to Puerto Ricans on a first-come, first-serve basis. As with all of its mobile medical clinics, RAM served everyone, regardless of background or ability to pay. During these clinics, RAM treated 2,322 patients who desperately needed care for a total dollar value of care of $728,128. RAM, in partnership with FedEx, also delivered 63,000 pounds of disaster relief supplies to Puerto Rico.

Harvey / Irma

RAM helped Hurricane Harvey victims by delivering 22,000 bottles of water; 7 pallets of diapers; 6 pallets of hygiene supplies, totaling thousands of bottles of shampoo, soap, body wash, deodorant and shaving cream, feminine hygiene items, and medical and first-aid items; 200 blankets and over 172 sleeping bags; 120 bags of dog food; 200 air mattresses; and 1,800 ready-to-eat meals.

As Hurricane Irma threatened Florida, RAM flew its King Air airplane to Tampa and rescued 31 cats and 7 dogs from Florida shelters. RAM flew the animals from Florida to its headquarters in Rockford, Tennessee where they went to local shelters to be well- taken care of and find new families.

2016 Haiti

Hurricane Matthew’s category 4 winds and rain left Haiti in ruins when it swept the country in early October of 2016. More than 1,000 lives were lost in Haiti alone.

RAM volunteer pilot Joe Blasenstein and RAM AIRBORNE® Director Dick Stoops, along with RAM Medical Director Chris Sawyer, MD, touched down in Port-au-Prince 72 hours after the storm struck Haiti. They joined forces with Air Mobile Ministries to begin dropping food in devastated areas.

Stan Brock and a second RAM team joined on October 16.

The two teams have now successfully airdropped 24,804 and delivered 30,310 high-nutrition meals made by Feeding Children Everywhere, Deliver the Difference, and Feed My Starving Children to isolated Hurricane Matthew victims in Western Haiti.

2016 Louisiana Floods

 A volunteer RAM team responded to the August 2016 flood in Louisiana with a truckload of medical supplies, personal hygiene items, food, and water. Now, residents of Baton Rouge need help cleaning up what’s left of their homes after the devastating flood. That’s why we started Operation Pick Up. Pick up your friends, pick up your tools, pick up to fix up homes in Baton Rouge.

2016 Migrant Crisis: Greece

The European migrant crisis has affected millions. RAM Volunteers responded to provide refugees with basic health care in Greece.

2015 Nepal Earthquakes

The April 25, 2015 M 7.8 Nepal earthquake occurred as the result of thrust faulting on or near the main frontal thrust between the subducting India plate and the overriding Eurasia plate to the north. [source]

In coordination with Deerwalk, Inc & Institute of Technology, which is a software development firm and a technology school that works both in the US and in Nepal, RAM Volunteers treated 475 patients.

Our coordination with the World Health Organization indicated that areas more remote than Kathmandu required aid, so we transported volunteers daily from Deerwalk facilities to red zones in order to maximize our resources.

2013 RAM Philippines

After a successful disaster response during the super typhoon Haiyan in 2013, RAM decided to set up RAM Philippines. REMOTE AREA MEDICAL PHILIPPINES CHARITY INC is a non-stock and non-profit organization based in the Philippines.

The Philippine islands have faced several typhoons in the last few year and RAM Core Member, Heidi Sampang-Abiad, has done an excellent job of forging partnerships between RAM and local organizations to enable more efficient medical response post-disaster. Having RAM Philippines enables RAM medical teams to respond much faster during disaster periods and also hold RAM clinics in the remote barangays.

2010 Haiti Earthquake

RAM responded to the 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010. Within 36 hours of the tremors, RAM Airborne landed aircraft filled with medical supplies and delivered free health care to the Medor region.

Over the span of two weeks, RAM volunteers built an airstrip to allow access for more relief, cleared roads into the isolated area, and delivered cholera medication to the local population.

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